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From Jimi Hendrix to Joy Division: John Frusciante's 40 favourite albums of all time

While Far Out readers often ask us to deliver suggestions of recommended albums, we decided, on this occasion at least, to let Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante do it for us instead. Frusciante has done a pretty damn fine job, too, picking 40 records that deserve the utmost attention. Here, we’ve pulled them all together for one perfect playlist.

One of the most gifted guitarists of his generation, Frusciante’s style is undoubtedly entirely of his own making. Dusky, smokey and full of some serious verve, Frusciante’s licks are what made the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ domination of rock so easy to achieve. Through the 40 albums below we can hear how that unique style was honed and developed.

Frusciante, now into his third stint as lead guitarist for the band, rejoined Flea, Anthony Kiedis and Chad Smith to record new material and hit the road in what is an emotional reunion. A prolific rock musician, Frusciante has released no fewer than 12 solo albums and seven EPs while exploring a whole host of different genres including experimental rock, new wave, ambient music, electronic and, on two occasions, acid house.

Frusciante’s thirst for music in all its forms has led him to take an interest in a typically eclectic and wide-ranging number of artists. As well as pushing his own boundaries of creation, the musician has collaborated, produced or recorded with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Black Knight, Ziggy Marley, Johnny Cash, George Clinton, Johnny Marr, Duran Duran and countless others.

While his brilliant contributions to the fourth album with the Chili Peppers, By the Way, will always be remembered as some of his most dynamic work to date, Frusciante’s range goes way beyond what meets the eye. He is one of the more nuanced musicians of his generation and astutely performs with the laidback style that only the greatest can boast.

So, in a bid to add some new music to your lockdown listening podcast, we’re revisiting an old list Frusciante created for Discogs. The title, ‘John Frusciante: 40 Albums You Must Hear’, includes the likes of Aphex Twin, Butthole Surfers, Fugazi, Syd Barrett, Talking Heads and more.

See the full list, below.

John Frusciante’s 40 favourite albums:

  1. Aphex Twin – Richard D. James Album
  2. Bow Wow Wow – See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy!
  3. Butthole Surfers – Locust Abortion Technician
  4. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* – Trout Mask Replica
  5. Cat Stevens – Teaser And The Firecat
  6. David Bowie – Scary Monsters
  7. Depeche Mode – Violator
  8. Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
  9. The Durutti Column – The Return Of The Durutti Column
  10. Edgar Froese – Epsilon In Malaysian Pale
  11. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Trilogy
  12. Fad Gadget – Under The Flag
  13. Fennesz – Endless Summer
  14. Frank Zappa – Hot Rats
  15. Fugazi – Steady Diet Of Nothing
  16. Funkadelic – Funkadelic
  17. Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
  18. Germs – (GI)
  19. Jim O’Rourke – Eureka
  20. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland
  21. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
  22. King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson)
  23. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II
  24. The Mars Volta – De-Loused In The Comatorium
  25. März – Wir Sind Hier
  26. Neu! – Neu!
  27. New Order – Low-life
  28. Oren Ambarchi – Grapes From The Estate
  29. PiL* – Metal Box
  30. Rafael Toral – Violence Of Discovery And Calm Of Acceptance
  31. The Residents – Meet The Residents
  32. Rosy Parlane – Jessamine
  33. Siouxsie And The Banshees* – Kaleidoscope
  34. Sparks – Kimono My House
  35. Syd Barrett – The Madcap Laughs
  36. Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings And Food
  37. Van Der Graaf Generator – Godbluff
  38. The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground & Nico
  39. Yes – Fragile
  40. Joe Meek – Telstar – The Hits Of Joe Meek

Stream the playlist, below.