From Jimi Hendrix to Frank Zappa: 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. He’s done a pretty damn fine job, too, picking 40 records which deserve the utmost attention. Here, we’ve pulled them all together for a perfect playlist.
One of the most gifted guitarist’s of his generation, Frusciante’s style is undoubtedly one of the most beguiling around. Dusky, smokey and full of some serious verve, Frusciante’s licks are what made 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 last year and is hoping to start touring with the group as soon as the opportunity arises. A prolific rock musician, Frusciante has released no fewer than twelve 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 players of his generation and astutely performs with the laidback style that only geniuses possess.
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 of all time:
Aphex Twin – Richard D. James Album
Bow Wow Wow – See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy!
Butthole Surfers – Locust Abortion Technician
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* – Trout Mask Replica
Cat Stevens – Teaser And The Firecat
David Bowie – Scary Monsters
Depeche Mode – Violator
Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
The Durutti Column – The Return Of The Durutti Column
Edgar Froese – Epsilon In Malaysian Pale
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Trilogy
Fad Gadget – Under The Flag
Fennesz – Endless Summer
Frank Zappa – Hot Rats
Fugazi – Steady Diet Of Nothing
Funkadelic – Funkadelic
Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Germs – (GI)
Jim O’Rourke – Eureka
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson)
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II
The Mars Volta – De-Loused In The Comatorium
März – Wir Sind Hier
Neu! – Neu!
New Order – Low-life
Oren Ambarchi – Grapes From The Estate
PiL* – Metal Box
Rafael Toral – Violence Of Discovery And Calm Of Acceptance
The Residents – Meet The Residents
Rosy Parlane – Jessamine
Siouxsie And The Banshees* – Kaleidoscope
Sparks – Kimono My House
Syd Barrett – The Madcap Laughs
Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings And Food
Van Der Graaf Generator – Godbluff
The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground & Nico