April 13, 2012


Listen: Micro Machine Man's One-Minute History of Red Hot Chili Peppers

You might not know the name John Moschitta Jr., but if you reach into the recesses of your childhood spent in front of a TV set, you definitely know his voice. Moschitta is "The Micro Machines Man," the former spokesperson for miniature toy cars whose rapid-fire, completely articulate voice described the wonderful workings of each new Micro Machines set.

In his heyday, Moschitta held the Guinness Record for World's Fastest Talker—he could spit out 586 audible words per minute. That's 9.76 words per second. How many words per second can YOU say? Yeah, that's what I thought.

With Red Hot Chili Peppers getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14, Fuse decided the best (and fastest) way to pay tribute to their unusual brilliance was to get the Micro Machines Man to narrate their history. 

Starting with their first performance as Tony Flow & the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem on February 13, 1983, and taking us up to their present day induction, Moschitta touches on everything from George Clinton to Hillel Slovak's tragic death to John Frusciante's swinging door RHCP membership.

It took Moschitta a brisk 1:06 to run through the band's three decade history. Dude still has it. Watch "Rapid Fire History: Red Hot Chili Peppers" above.