Pretty Little Butterfly

Crazy Town The Gift of Game ButterflyIs your memory good? I’m bringing you today the one-hit band called Crazy Town, remember them? They released their first (of only two) album in 1999 and they toured supporting the Red Hot Chili Peppers . One year after they released the single “Butterfly“, which samples part of Chili PeppersPretty Little Ditty (by then a 10-year old song, from the album Mother’s Milk, the first with Frusciante). Butterfly was a great hit in the U.S, in Canada, and in most European countries.

I bring you both songs today, as I like them both – Butterfly as a childhood memory (The Gift of Game was actually one of my first CD’s!) and Pretty Little Ditty as a great song from the great Frusciante and Flea 😉

Starting with the oldest (notice Flea at 0:14)

And finishing with the most recent

Guitar Hero

Once again, my post has a dubious title. I am not going to write about the game, I am going to write about my guitar hero.

More or less from the mid of the last century until today, there has been a proliferation in the use of the guitar (both the old classical or the then recently develop “electric” one), increasing its prominence in the music industry. Or it might have been the other way round – the prominence of the guitar among musicians led to more people playing guitar.

This means that guitar players are usually the most recognized players of rock bands, sometimes even more than the lead singers!

Red Hot Chili PeppersI guess I can say John Frusciante is one of those guitar players. And with legitimacy – Red Hot Chili Peppers have existed and exist again without John, but they are totally not the same. All but one (the first) of the albums in which John participated had sales above 10 million, and still that first one, recorded when John was still 18, had sales 4 times bigger than their previous album (still with Slovak).

By this time you have probably understood that I am really a great fan of Frusciante and that he is my idol as a guitar player. So what I am going to say might be biased, but in my opinion he is the best guitar player of his  generation (here BBC readers agree with me) and one of the best since Hendrix (here there’s some people at Rolling Stones agreeing with me and others not so much)!

I will only bring you one song, I leave the others in playlists. It is not easy to choose one – I love lots of Chili Peppers and John songs. But bringing the choice to one, I decided to show you the most melodic solo I have ever heard and which I consider a masterpiece – the final solo of Don’t Forget Me live at Slane Castle:

Now, if you really feel like listening to the Chili Peppers, here’s a playlist containing many of my favourite Chili Peppers songs.

And one more with solo songs of John Frusciante, the man whose this post is about, after all!

At last, I leave you a video of John teaching how to play Under the Bridge and not only, hoping that this helps the ones learning guitar:

A father’s influence…

First of all I must say that I’ve started to listen to Red Hot Chili Peppers because of my father. He’s a rock guy but he’s not a really big fan of them, he likes some of their songs but he doesn’t like them as much as I do.

The first contact with Red Hot Chili Peppers songs was when I was a little kid and my father was the second main responsable of weekends household’s chores (now I am taking his place).To help him doing that boring (at least for me) tasks he used to listen on our stereo system to some songs that he liked and one of the cds that he used to listen was the “Californication” [1]. That was my first contact with Red Hot Chili Peppers, which later I would see lost. But one day, after some years and after I’ve forgotten them, he brought home their cd, which contained they “very best”, and I fell in love again. Since then they’re part of the soundtrack of my life.

I recommend you listen to them.
Here’s my favorite top three songs:

Hope you like it!

Song that made us what we are today [Part 1/4]

Aloha!

I noticed that I didn’t introduce myself properly.
I like orange juice!
I also like to listen to alternative-rock-metal-folk-dubstep-jazz-country music and whatever genre that fits my mood.
Before I got this scope of musical taste I used to stick to those pop songs I heard on TV/radio. And that was it.

So in the next 4 posts I would like to show my appreciation to those fantastic 4 friends of mine that somehow changed, shaped and influenced all my musical life, introducing me to new bands and music styles. Also, I’ll add some band suggestions that I hope you like as much as I did.

My first word of recognition goes to Nuno, one of the authors of this amazing blog and a long-time friend.
I didn’t have internet connection at home and for many years he was my number one music dealer!
Thank you for introducing me to all that folk/country/rock music we’ve heard in your basement and of course, a special thanks for introducing me to Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Scorpions!

None of us born with The Talent to sing or play guitar, nor the ambition to proceed in those fields (thank God!!) but we kinda like to play just for fun, and boy we had it! =D
Here’s a short video we made some years ago:

DISCLAIMER: Yes, we know! It’s awfully played/sung! We were just having fun and that song is so f*k!#$ awesome we couldn’t ruin it that much! (but awful enough for keeping the link private just for our dear followers 😉 )
Here’s a short list of the songs I used to hear back then (rock all the way!) when I started this journey (wait for the sequel: “Judas Rising [Part 2/4]“)

Red Hot Chilli Peppers:
One of the best videos ever uploaded to YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0AXjUy1_gY

Scorpions:
Big City nights. One of my favorite rock songs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_GzAw2eRo4

3 Doors Down:
We used to play this one on loop http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPU8OAjjS4k

Green Day:
Another childhood song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUTGr5t3MoY

PS: “Song that made us what we are today” is an old song by Chilli Peppers.
They had some pretty ‘freaky’ songs when they started..