Ongoing History Daily: How did Flea get his name?

Flea is, of course, the bass player with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. You may also know that his real name is Michael Balzary. So how did he get the name “Flea?” It came from his school buddy Anthony Kiedis. Young Michael was a hyperactive sort, always jumping around and never standing still. The kid was a constant bundle of energy.

At some point, Anthony started calling him “Mickey B: The Flea.” That was eventually shorted to just “Flea.” And that’s the way it’s been ever since.

It also works as a term of endearment, a secret sort of handshake between them, a way of remembering that they’ve been together since they were kids.

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