Published Feb 22, 2011Red Hot Chili Peppers have a bit of a penchant for kooky album titles. Their last disc was called Stadium Arcadium (2006) and past releases have included Freaky Styley (1985), The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987) and Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991). Now, the funk rock veterans have unveiled the working title for their forthcoming 10th LP: Dr. Johnny Skinz's Disproportionately Rambunctious Polar Express Machine-head.
Before you begin making fun of the name too much, it's worth pointing out that this title is only tentative. Singer Anthony Kiedis told Spin that it was inspired by a friend who "was reminiscing about one of his legendary acid trips, and told us that he had been playing a sold-out show to the planets and moons, and his No. 1 hit was, well, that title. We found it so funny that we told him for as long as the album was under the radar, that that would be our nickname for it."
The new disc, when it drops later this year, will be the first since guitarist John Frusciante announced his departure from the group in 2009. New axe-man Josh Klinghoffer previously toured with the Chili Peppers as a fifth member. Of Frusciante's departure, Kiedis said, "He was something unique that shaped our sound then, but now I think it's also something fresh and exciting to have a new, incredible musical mind working with us now. We are still the Red Hot Chili Peppers."
RHCP used a whole new process when writing their latest material. The frontman explained, "Before, some of our jams were a bit hit-and-miss. On this record, a decent number of songs were actually thought out and planned in a way we had never done before. That is, with Flea's new knowledge of music theory, we explored the writing process with a bit more precision."
Previous reports indicated that the album would include more piano- and keyboard-driven material.
Of course some things never change -- the new album is being produced by Rick Rubin, who also helmed their previous five records.