Red Hot Chili Peppers founder and bassist, Flea, posted a new photo on his verified Instagram account today to share the untold story of how he recorded his iconic song ‘Helen Burns’ twelve years ago.
As you may already know, ‘Helen Burns’ was the first single of its self-titled EP, and it was released back in 2012. While the album was released three years after recording the song, according to the caption of the post, Flea recorded it back in 2009.
Flea also stated that he influenced a character from Jane Eyre of Charlotte Brontë who is one of the most famous novelists of the 19th century. The song was co-written by punk-rock star Patti Smith and Flea himself, and he admitted that he recorded that iconic song in his guest room during a lonesome time.
Here is what he wrote in the caption:
“I made this little record in my guest room during a lonesome time around 12 years ago. It’s got some sweet moments. Helen Burns is a character from the book Jane Eyre, by the immortal Charlotte Bronte. I feel great empathy for her. Pedestal Of Infamy has a nice rhythm! My daughter Clara Balzary made the cover.”
And let’s remember what Flea said after releasing his solo EP in 2012:
“Hi, people who like The Red Hot Chili Peppers! I love you a lot! Mucho! Just wanted to give you a heads up about this little record ‘Helen Burns’ I am putting out on the Silverlake Conservatory website. Warning! It is not a Chili Pepper record.
It does not have songs that are like the Chili Peppers at all. It is a mostly instrumental, weird, and arty record, the music is mostly just me creating soundscapes that are very emotional for me, but certainly not for everyone!”
You can check out the photo and the song below.