Watch: Koko the Gorilla and Chili Peppers’ Flea Jam Out Together on the Bass


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The Red Hot Chili Peppers exist at a strange nexus in pop music where they’re both eminently mock-able and wildly popular—elder statesman to some, and utterly banal to others (that a Nick Cave quote calling their music garbage has been meme-ified and re-circulated on Facebook countless times seems to corroborate how widespread the latter opinion is in some circles). You may have enjoyed them once, maybe even enough to get a regrettable tattoo of that 8-sided star/asterisk logo on your ankle or wrist in high school. But then you realized that they’re a band comprised of grown adults that rhymed the phrase “Wake up the cake, it’s a lake she’s kissin’ me” with “As they do when they do in Sicily.”

Still it’s hard not to like Flea, their lovable bass-slapping goofball whose hardcore punk credentials have always sort of forgiven him his main gig’s frat-bro funk, (it would be difficult to really dislike anyone involved in the cinematic masterpiece that is Suburbia).


Plus, Koko the gorilla seems to like him, and it’s probably safe to say that Koko the gorilla is a less divisive subject than the Red Hot Chili Peppers. According to The Gorilla Foundation’s official website for Koko, (in a post accompanied by a video of Flea and Koko paling around), he’s “one of Koko’s favorite musicians.” This reads like it’s supposed to mean that Koko listens to and enjoys The Red Hot Chili Peppers, but they fail to cite which of Flea’s many musical projects the gorilla actually favors. So, for all we know this means that Koko is super into Atoms for Peace.

The now 45-year-old Western Lowland gorilla, known to most for her ability to communicate using sign language, has had a number of wide-ranging celebrity visitors over the years (perhaps none more notable than Robin Williams, for whom Koko mourned publicly, following his death). In the video posted above, Koko— who seems to live a pretty cool life of mostly chilling with her two cats and dabbling in different hobbies—can be seen playing a bass, presumably Flea’s but hopefully her own, while Flea lies down in the background, seemingly swept away by the gorilla finger-tapping her favorite abstract modern composition (or just pulling at the strings and fiddling with the knobs, it’s hard to tell).

“This is the greatest thing that could have ever happened; this is a day that I will never forget in my life,” Flea could be overheard saying, clearly forgetting about that one time Vanilla Ice and Vanessa Williams teamed up to give him an award.


“Koko you’re a very curious gorilla,” he adds as Koko really starts to get into playing, which is sweet but actually sort of condescending when you think about how accomplished Koko is for a gorilla.

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