Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante got somewhat of an unusual title officially naming him the "coolest member of the most uncool band". In a recent post on Village Voice, Frusciante has found himself topping the 'cool among the uncool' list, joining the likes of GnR bassist Tommy Stinson and Jose Pasillas from Incubus.
"Bands are collections of people. In any such group, some people will be cooler than others. Even in an uncool rock band, there will be cool people."
Although admitting that joining the RHCP may have saved Frusciante's life, the author also points out that quitting the band was the best thing for him to do.
"First off, yes, Flea is coming around. Joining Thom Yorke's Atoms For Peace is a big step in not being super lame. But he has a long way to go to redeem himself for the years of playing slap bass in a diaper. John Frusciante, however, is way too cool for Red Hot Chili Peppers. When he quit in the late '90s and the band hired Dave Navarro's pierced nipples as a replacement, he made a series of raw solo albums. Not raw the way a White Stripes record is raw, but raw the way listening to somebody die of heroin is raw. In all honesty, Frusciante rejoining RHCP may have literally saved his life, but realizing there is no guitar part great enough to mask the vocal trainwreck that is Anthony Kiedis, he quit again in 2009. Perhaps he figured out that he's the coolest person in an uncool band. Thankfully, he was smart enough to do something about it."
John Frusciante was a member of RHCP for almost two decades, recording a total of five studio albums with the group from 1988 until 1992 and again from 1998 to 2009.
So do you agree with this one? Is Frusciante really the cool one among the uncool, or do you prefer the whole band? Let us know in the comments section below.