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John Frusciante

Guitarist John Frusciante has experienced both colossal highs and death-defying lows in both his musical career and personal life. Born in 1970 and raised in California, Frusciante dropped out of high school when guitar playing and rock music took hold of the up-and-coming musician/songwriter. Embracing both the unpredictable side of rock (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, King Crimson, Funkadelic) and punk (the Germs, Black Flag), Frusciante created his own guitar style -- combining both technical skill with a knack for penning funky, psychedelic riffs. The Red Hot Chili Peppers became an automatic favorite when the young guitarist discovered them early in their career, and his dream to join the band came true in 1988 after striking up a friendship with the Chili Peppers' bassist Flea (in the wake of founding guitarist Hillel Slovak's death from a drug overdose). Interestingly, Frusciante had just been hired by another L.A. band, Thelonious Monster, prior to joining the Peppers.

Frusciante's first recording with them, 1989's Mother's Milk, helped break the popular college rock band through to the mainstream, resulting in their first gold record, with Frusciante's amazing guitar playing serving as a catalyst for many of the songs. The quartet released an even rawer record next: 1991's Blood Sugar Sex Magik, produced by Rick Rubin. The album catapulted the band into the rock stratosphere as it became a multi-platinum hit and made the Peppers one of the premier bands of the '90s. But all was not well in Pepperland. Frusciante found it increasingly difficult to handle his newly found fame, and retreated into a haze of hard drugs and unpredictable behavior. At the height of Blood Sugar's success, he abruptly left the band while on tour in Japan.

Besides releasing two obscure solo albums (1995's Niandra Lades & Usually Just a T-Shirt and 1997's Smile from the Streets You Hold), little was heard from Frusciante after his split from the Peppers in 1992. Then a disturbing article appeared in the L.A. Weekly, one that painted Frusciante as a heroin abuser with a death wish (the interviewer was also shocked at his ghastly appearance). Thankfully, with the advice of friends, Frusciante checked himself into a rehab center and got off drugs, stopping his path to certain destruction. Just a few months after getting his life back on track and facing the world again, he got back in contact with the rest of his ex-Pepper mates (he regularly kept in contact with Flea), whose then-current guitarist, Dave Navarro, had just split from the band.

After a loose jam session was deemed a success (as well as a psychological evaluation!), Frusciante was asked to rejoin the band. The newly kindled relationship was a rousing success, as the reunited Peppers issued the great Californication in 1999 to rave reviews and big sales. Two years later, and with drugs a thing of the past, Frusciante emerged a tough singer/songwriter by releasing a solo effort entitled To Record Only Water for Ten Days. Merely a creative outlet from his band's original material, Frusciante appeared motivated and relaxed as an individual and free from the deception of drugs that had haunted him before. In 2004, he released an astounding six solo albums as well as a project with Josh Klinghoffer (who appears on several of those six albums) and Fugazi's Joe Lally called Ataxia. He also collaborated extensively with the Mars Volta, playing guitar on several of their albums.

Then Red Hot Chili Peppers duty called once again, and Frusciante did some work with Glenn Hughes before releasing a follow-up to the Ataxia album in early 2007. Psychedelic concept album The Empyrean arrived in 2009, after which Frusciante left the Peppers yet again. He continued to work with the Mars Volta, in addition to releasing collaborative albums with the group's leader Omar Rodríguez-López. In 2010, Frusciante teamed up with Aaron Funk (Venetian Snares) and Chris McDonald (SKM-ETR) to form an acid techno group called Speed Dealer Moms. The trio released a self-titled EP through Funk's Timesig imprint. RHCP were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, but Frusciante declined to attend the ceremony.

In 2012, two wildly different solo albums showed up in the form of an EP called Letur-Lefr and a full-length called PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone. These two recordings were dizzying affairs that reflected Frusciante's life-long dream to make electronic music. The records employed acid house bass synthesizers, sampled jungle drum breaks, and even had cameos from MCs like Wu-Tang's RZA. The 2013 EP Outsides took yet another odd turn, offering up a ten-minute piece based solely around an extensive blues-based guitar solo and a few other abstract tunes. 2014 saw the release of synth-heavy full-length Enclosure, a somewhat daunting electronic record, but tame by Frusciante's then-recent standards. In 2015, Frusciante issued a self-titled album under his acid techno alias Trickfinger, which had previously released a free online EP in 2012. Frusciante released Foregrow, an EP of electronic music recorded under his own name, on Record Store Day in April of 2016. ~ Greg Prato
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Enclosure

1. Shining Desert

2. Sleep

3. Run

4. Stage

5. Fanfare

6. Cinch

7. Zone

8. Crowded

9. Excuses

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Track List: Outsides Ep

1. Same

2. Breathiac

3. Shelf

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Track List: The Empyrean

1. Before The Beginning

2. Song To The Siren

3. Unreachable

4. God

5. Dark Light

6. Heaven

7. Enough Of Me

8. Central

9. One More Of Me

10. After The Ending

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Track List: Curtains

1. The Past Recedes

2. Lever Pulled

3. Anne

4. The Real

5. A Name

6. Control

7. Your Warning

8. Hope

9. Ascension

10. Time Tonight

11. Leap Your Bar

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Track List: Inside Of Emptiness

1. What I Saw

2. The World's Edge

3. Inside A Break

4. A Firm Kick

5. Look On

6. Emptiness

7. I'm Around

8. 666

9. Interior Two

10. Scratches

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Track List: The DC EP

1. Dissolve

2. Goals

3. A Corner

4. Repeating

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Track List: The Will To Death

1. A Doubt

2. An Exercise

3. Time Runs Out

4. Loss

5. Unchanging

6. The Mirror

7. A Loop

8. Wishing

9. Far Away

10. The Days Have Turned

11. Helical

12. The Will To Death

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Track List: To Record Only Water For Ten Days

1. Going Inside

2. Someone's

3. The First Season

4. Wind Up Space

5. Away & Anywhere

6. Remain

7. Fallout

8. Ramparts

9. With No More

10. Murderers

11. Invisible Movements

12. Representing

13. In Rime

14. Saturation

15. Moments Have You

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Track List: Niandra Lades And Usually Just A T-Shirt

1. As Can Be

2. My Smile Is A Rifle

3. Head (Beach Arab)

4. Big Takeover

5. Curtains

6. Running Away Into You

7. Mascara

8. Been Insane

9. Skin Blues

10. Your P**sy's Glued To A Building On Fire

11. Blood On My Neck From Success

12. Ten To Butter Blood Voodoo

13. Untitled 1

14. Untitled 2

15. Untitled 3

16. Untitled 4

17. Untitled 5

18. Untitled 6

19. Untitled 7

20. Untitled 8

21. Untitled 9

22. Untitled 10

23. Untitled 11

24. Untitled 12

25. Untitled 13

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Track List: PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone

1. Intro/Sabam

2. Hear Say

3. Bike

4. Ratiug

5. Guitar

6. Mistakes

7. Uprane

8. Sam

9. Sum

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Sorry...The Empyrean
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I absolutely love Empyrean...a w e s o m e stuff.
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LOVE THIS
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jonandcon15
Groovy.
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John, you are the greatest that ever. I love you and will always be in your groove. you god blesses this planet
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Im feeding the light with shadows of pain too
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he gave River Phoenix his fatal drug cocktail
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I love you john. Thanks for blessing this dark world with the light that is your music. You forever have a place in my heart. The way your creativity and artistic style flows is just pure and raw beauty. Thanks for everything.
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Not quite good, but better than okay.
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exoskel
This album was my gateway into Frusciante's solo stuff. Inside of Emptiness rocks.
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He's an awesomely creative guitar player. It's very hard to produce good live music being the only guitar player. I wonder why the Pepper's never hired a second guitar player when touring? Eh...
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duhvidski
Watch it go.........
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John ...your Jesus aren't you?
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duhvidski
Hi awesome music. Thanks
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duhvidski
Hi john
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John your music is really helping me through some hard times man thanks man
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Your the f**king best man you made the chili peppers god with out you they suck a** man love your solo work
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nowayhahaha
All hail frusciante
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losangeles.j e f f
Thanks John for making it through your lows so I could have music to make it through mine. 24 year fan..
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Certainly one of the best guitarists out there. Bravo sir. Continue to do great things.
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hankaul
mahalo jf
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Best musician that ever walked the earth
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ashreckengau s t
So proud of u john ur amazing ... Amy j Stoney point high
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Johns my all time favorite musician
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crofty98
AMAZING
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bek_evergree n
Whenever I hear this song I drop what I'm doing and dance around.
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Very emotional musician. I'll always like and respect John.
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Good job
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tjstapleton7 9
One of the greatest of all time!
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Like no other
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The best in the world
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So pretty such a huge influence on myself
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I agree Kyla, perfectly said. Every project he has ever done shaped my life positively in some way. He remains the number one reason that I create music. A genius in every sense of the word.
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This song takes me to another place in another time ....... As so many of John's songs do.........h e is an amazing artist, poet, musician and human being. His music has helped me through many dark times, as I'm sure it has done for many others...... . If u didn't know about before, you do now...... Escape from reality..... . . . Buy or listen to anything and everything from Frusciante. Trust me, you won't regret doing so......
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kitkatack
Crushes any other guitarist out there
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Hands down my favorite guitarist and musician of all time.
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love dat jammin
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Such an unbelievably talented and original human being.
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Mr Frusciante is one of the best writers, guitar players, and over person ever. His music should be everywhere
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garypeter125
John's music is so pure of freedom of expression
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An amazing artist, poet, spirit. Brings me so much joy.
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John plays sweet sorrow. No one can touch the heavenly sounds that angels play through him.
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I think john frusciante is one of greatest musicians alive today. His driving passion for music is unlike any other. It shows through his playing just how much he loves it.Songs like under the bridge and i could have lied with the Red hot chili peppers is Timelessly beautiful. Eventually our great hero will die but his music will remain alive within the hearts and souls of all his fans.
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A month and longer John
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one of the greatest..
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lvmh.mma.um
Love this guy. Just an amazing artist.
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Hmm.
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Frusciante, man.
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I deal with that every time I get on pandora kingdoug-__- h a h a
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Good music, knuckle head comments.
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