I used to be an absolute die hard Red Hot Chili Peppers fan in my early to late teens, I couldn’t get enough of them although I was still quite well aware that they produced more garbage than you would find in the Ballymount dump and by that I mean albums like One Hot Minute(although I do love Coffee Shop and My Friends) and in fact a lot of their new stuff etc, Its no surprise that the one common denominator is the fact that they hadn’t had Frusciante..
In general John Frusciante seemed to pull their shit together, even when that crazy bastard didn’t have his shit together, until his eventual demise when he spent his days as a Heroin addict doing the cliche-rock-star holed up at the Chateau Marmont Hollywood thing, where bigger names than he have checked in to check out, excuse the pun. This was when he went off the radar for a couple of years (its easy to see why when you check out the video below) and as sure as the seasons change, the Chili’s went to shit!!!
It was also this time that he produced and album called Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt… not exactly an inspiring name for an album but I suppose when your that fucked up it makes complete sense, needless to say the album had all of his usual aloof trademarks, just accentuated to such a degree that the vast majority is pure muck and I presume it should only be listened to when your as high as a kite.
Nowadays its a difference story, he and the rest of the Chili’s (although they broke up) prefer a cup of green tea and yoga to the sex drugs rock n’roll lifestyle.. and just as well because now we have some fresh tracks from the man himself and for a nice change we get them all for free and you can find them in the playlist below.. Earlier this year he released an album of experimental acid house as Trickfinger via Los Angeles label Acid Test. Now, as FACT report, he’s started SoundCloud and Bandcamp pages to give away a load of free music. These include a suite of eight experimental tracks collectively titled Renoise Tracks 2009-2011, an acid cut called “Medre” and another tune titled “Sect In Sgt” that’s labelled as a Trickfinger production.