Song of the Month: Interior Two

The month of March 2011 has been consumed by a song.

John Frusciante – “Interior Two” (Inside of Emptiness, 2004)

Things That I Think Are Cool About This Song:

  • High notes = excitement, intensity. Natural logic, really. When you hit the highest note of a song, you’re kind of blowing your load. In this song, John Frusciante turns that on its head in a pretty spectacular way. In my opinion, the payload in this song comes at the bridge, at 2:03. The best songs always have the payload coming at the bridge. Think about it…
  • The notes being played totally make this a classic 60’s doo-wop song. The sounds being recorded are like 90’s lo-fi/noise rock. And the song was released in the 21st century. Insanity!

I finally got around to checking out John Frusciante’s solo discography this month, which is something I’ve always meant to do. A lot of the stuff is incredibly fascinating. Just a crazy man armed with a tape recorder and a guitar, screaming in his bedroom, doing whatever the hell he wanted.

A funny thing about the definitive Red Hot Chili Peppers lineup (Anthony Kiedis, John Frusciante, Flea, and Chad Smith) is that everyone was born in either 1961 or 1962, which makes them 48–49 right now. Everyone except John, who was born in 1970 and is 41.

As the years have gone on, the Chili Peppers have gotten pretty stagnant, writing the same upbeat song about California, and alternately, the slower introspective song about some girl from California, over and over again. It became pretty clear to me that John Frusciante was the one who was pushing the creativity of the band. He still had places to go, he wasn’t trapped in his own signature sound/style, unable to evolve musically. It really wasn’t too much of a surprise when he left the band a few years back.

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