Red Hot Hardcore Jungle: John Frusciante

Ben Broyd
4 min readApr 23, 2021

2020 produced some totally unexpected moments, mass wildfires in Australia, a global pandemic, but no one could have predicted John releasing a Jungle/Hardcore album. Frusciante is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and producer, best known for being the lead guitarist of music legends Red Hot Chili Peppers. Frusciante is ranked eighteenth in Rolling Stone’s list of ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

John Frusciante, Rock and now Jungle legend.

Frusciante’s first guitar idol was Jimi Hendrix, John said that he has always tried to emulate the way he played which explains the complex rhythmic patterns. His second key influence is the late great Hilel Slovak, a former Chili Pepper, whom Frusciante meticulously studied when taking the role of lead guitarist in the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which resulted in Flea and Frusciante producing such electric chemistry when playing together. Perhaps John Frusciante was always destined for musical greatness, his father is a Juilliard-trained pianist, and his mother a very promising vocalist, before becoming a full-time mother.

John Frusciante (left) and Flea (right), 1990.

John has been in and out of the Chili Peppers on three different occasions whilst he pursued his solo career, most recently reuniting with them to take over from Josh Klinghoffer in 2019. Frusciante is best known for his eye-watering guitar solos, but he is not afraid to diversify, his previous projects have included two acid house albums under his alias Trickfinger and has produced and recorded records with the likes of Duran Duran, Wu-Tang Clan, and Ziggy Marley to name a few. Whilst we all know and love him from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, his collaborations and solo albums are not to be slept on.

Frusciante epitomises the saying ‘method in the madness’, because you think surely he can’t pull off a jungle and hardcore album, but once again, he has completed this project and it is nothing short of incredible. There were similar remarks prior to the release of his acid-house albums, however, in relation to his Trickfinger albums, Frusciante explains: “I started the album being serious about following my dream to make electronic music, and to be my own engineer, five years ago. For the 10 years prior to that, I had…

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Ben Broyd

I write about music, amongst other things. Hope you enjoy.