Check Out The Red Hot Chili Pepper's First Song. Go Easy: They Were 15 At The Time

Every famous band has at least one or two songs that are just plain awful - even The Beatles (Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da, anyone?).  And the Red Hot Chili Peppers are no exception to the rule. Last spring, the band got together with The Late Late Show host James Corden for some carpool karaoke. And they dusted off "Heemy Leemy" - the first song written by lead singer Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea.

Here's how bassist Flea - who turns 54 today - explained the circumstances around the group's early attempt at songwriting.

"We were 15 years old, sleeping on a rock in the woods, smoking large quantities of marijuana, hiking through the Sierra Nevada mountain range. And we wrote 'Heemy Leemy.' "

Corden couldn't resist asking to hear a bit of the tune. And he probably kicked himself for it later on if the tune got stuck in his head. The song is like old school hip hop rapped by Dr. Seuss using only nonsense words and a little operatic flair. But you have to hear "Heemy Leemy" to truly appreciate its bizarreness.

Luckily, they also sang some hits like Californication and Give It Away. And Corden also threwdown for a round of wrestling with Kiedis on a stranger's front lawn. Check out the clip to see who won, and to hear about the time Cher babysat one of the band members.

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