Favourite Guitar Players
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How are people perplexed by PBX? It’s exactly an album John would do, it’s Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt with electronic instruments.
Question: About your new video, Vincent Gallo is directing that is he?
John Frusciante: Yeah.
Question: Are you friends with him? What kind of video is it?
John Frusciante: It’s like an experimental film starring me and directed by him. It’s the best video I could have asked for, it’s so cool.
Question: What’s your relationship with Vincent?
John Frusciante:Well, he’s my friend you know, he’s been my friend ever since we were writing the record “Californication” and Vincent had the movie “Buffalo 66” out. I saw that movie and it reminded me of my music. The feelings of his movie reminded me of the feelings of my songs. He got my phone-number from a friend of ours, I found out that he was a big fan of my solo-record, both of my solo-records. So, he asked me if I would do the music…
Question: Can I take some pictures while we’re talking?
John Frusciante: Yeah yeah, sure. So he asked me if I could do the music for his next movie and I said yeah. I wrote a lot of songs sort of with his next movie in mind, and I made a CD out of them, and I would say that a lot of that CD will be the soundtrack. They’re not on this CD, they’re on a CD that I just gave to my friends.
Question: But that is coming out eventually?
John Frusciante: Well, eventually. He hasn’t figured out yet who he wants to be in the movie. He needs a few female parts that he’s having a hard time casting. But, when he does it will be a wonderful movie and I’m gonna do the music to it. He’s the only filmmaker that I feel any sense of camaraderie with, he’s the only person who … I haven’t seen any other films or videos that have reminded me of my music in the last few years. I see films from the 50’s by Kenneth Anger that remind me of my music and I see films by Andy Warhol in the 60’s that remind me of my music but I don’t… Vincent is the onlyperson making movies now that… things of that same kind of… sort of avant garde kind of radical approach to filmmaking. So yes, I’m very proud of what we’ve done together and I know we’ll do other great things together.
John Frusciante - In Your Eyes
Every sign is a window you look through or see yourself in
who becomes that reflection but we who lose ourselves in abstraction
and won’t turn round from facing while our eyes look out.
Long afloat on shipless oceans
I did all my best to smile
til your singing eyes and fingers
drew me loving into your isle.
And you sang “Sail to me, sail to me,
Let me enfold you.”
Here I am, here I am
waiting to hold you.
Did I dream you dreamed about me?
Were you hare when I was fox?
Now my foolish boat is leaning,
broken lovelorn on your rocks.
For you sang “Touch me not, touch me not,
Come back tomorrow.”
Oh my heart, oh my heart shies from the sorrow.
I’m as puzzled as a newborn child.
I’m as riddled as the tide.
Should I stand amid the breakers?
Or shall I lie with death my bride?
Here me sing: “Swim to me, swim to me,
Let me enfold you.”
As a young and impressionable teenager beginning his own journey into music away from the influence of parents, the Red Hot Chili Peppers offered something exciting amongst the depressing drizzle of Brit-rock and the mind numbingly repeatingly repetitive repetition of repetitive dance music common of the millennium. Often naked and often catchy the Chili Peppers had real musicians who play who played real instruments! Now 2011 a lot has happened since then but then not a lot has changed. I got old older, Meg Ryan got younger, British rock still pours like British weather (but now armed with regional accents) and dance music…..well that still repeats. The Chili’s meanwhile released two albums since then; one great, the other not so much. But my Chili Pepper’s curiosity and nostalgia still loomed.
To the dismay of many, fan favourite guitar player John Frusciante left for the second time and long-time friend and multi-instrumentalist/Occasional Fruciante collaborator Josh Klinghoffer took over on guitar. John deemed irreplaceable, a legion of internet morons voiced their opinion that Josh was unwelcome even before the release of their tenth album “ I’m With You”
The new Red Hot Chili Pepper’s artwork for album “I’m With You” by Damien Hurst. If your not a fan of Hurst I expect you will hate it. What are your thoughts?