Original source of the leaked 1998 mix of “Circle of the Noose”
In the late 1990’s, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were on their last leg with Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro. After touring the world for One Hot Minute, the band tried writing and recording new material with Navarro. Until now, nothing from those sessions have ever been leaked. In rare interviews and fan communities, a title, “Circle of the Noose” would surface up. Today, it was leaked to the world by rhcptv5 on Twitter, and posted on YouTube. Commenting on the song’s character, a tribute to qawwali devotional singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Navarro recalled in an AllStar 1997 interview that:
“One of the songs we’ve done is the greatest pop song I’ve ever been a part of…It’s pop in the sense of verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, hook. I really love it and we use a loop of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. It’s really nice. The best way I can describe it is it’s like pepped- up ’60s folk with ’90s ideals, but I would hate to label it as folk because it’s not, it moves.”
@RHCPtv5 WOW what a trip down memory lane! Thanks 🙂
This news of course, occurs right as the Chili Peppers are at “home stretch” with finishing their new album:
Anthony Kiedis discussed Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new album last week on Jonesy’s Jukebox.
“We’re in the home stretch. I sang yesterday, I get a week off, I go back to finish.”
He added, “We’re going to back and listen to the songs, and see if we can beat them.”
“We had written two dozen songs before we got with him. [Producer Danger Mouse] is like, ‘Let’s keep a few of those, but let’s go write all new songs in the studio. We’re looking at each other like, ‘Dude, we kind of already wrote the songs, bro.’ He’s like, ‘No, I like to write new ones in the studio.’ So, in honor of accommodating this new process, we wrote all new songs, and it’s a good thing we did.
Below is my interpretation of what the lyrics of “Circle of the Noose” could be:
Inspiration Mess me up, makes me cry Come and see me please Dragonfly, so I don’t die In a circle Break my heart So I can start
All I need Is for fun and for free All I need All I need
I don’t need it! Don’t need it! I don’t need it!
Locomotive Shoot me up Shoot me down Devasation boy Deal me out, steal my joy Good for nothing That’s the one My mother’s son
All I need Is for fun and for free All I need All I need
I don’t need it! Don’t need it! I don’t need it!
In the sun And the sea I’m for fun and for free
Dog’s a-laughing Laughing now That I’m no-how Human uniform I’m so warm, inside this stone
All I need Is for fun and for free All I need All I need
Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro responded to a fan who asked him what he thought about the Kurt Cobain murder conspiracy theory docudrama Soaked in Bleach. The film implies that Courtney Love had a role in murdering her husband Kurt Cobain, who committed suicide in April 1994. Navarro called the film ‘a well made piece of fiction.’
Courtney Love wrote a Christmas letter to her late husband Kurt Cobain on Instagram last month:
“That Christmas moment in everyones lives that you never forget, the one that makes you feel on top of the world, where the greatest gifts are the loved ones you shared that moment with. Well this is mine, I’m grateful to have ever experienced that moment. Merry Christmas Kurt, the greatest true love I’ve ever experienced in my life. You gave me the gift that makes life worth living, our incredibly talented, loving, beautiful and gifted daughter Frances Bean Cobain. Merry Christmas Bean, love mom and dad ❤”
A photo posted by Courtney Love Cobain (@courtneylove) on
Courtney Love wrote an emotional note to her late husband Kurt Cobain on Instagram in August as well, with a picture of herself, Kurt, and daughter Frances Bean. Love wrote, “Makes me feel so sad. Our baby is all grown up now. Jesus Kurt look at her face, what on earth were you thinking..⁉⁉ God I miss you, we all miss you #family #memories #turnbacktime #lovehim.”
Royals Machines, featuring Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), and Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails) covered Stone Temple Pilots’ “Sex Type Thing” in honor of Scott Weiland at the Roxy last night. Watch video below.
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Scott Weiland, the legendary voice of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, passed away on Thursday night at the age of 48.
Jane’s Addiction guitarist/songwriter Dave Navarro has announced the release of a documentary concerning the murder of his mother Constance Navarro and everything else that came to his life as a result. It is due out December 1st on certain outlets. His mother Constance Navarro and his aunt were murdered by Constance’s boyfriend John Ricardi along with on March 3rd, 1983. He escaped justice for 8 years until he was caught thanks to a tip provided by a caller after America’s Most Wanted aired an episode on the case. Ricardi was caught January 4th, 1991 in Houston, Texas, as Jane’s Addiction was between legs for the Ritual de lo Habitual tour. In the years that followed his mother’s murder, he struggled with different addictions to cope with his feelings, including heroin. After Jane’s Addiction broke up in late 1991, Navarro went clean, cut his dreads and started a one-off project with ex-bandmate Eric Avery named Deconstruction, who released one (excellent) self titled album in 1994. His tenure with the Red Hot Chili Peppers lastled from late 1993 to 1998. Ricardi faced court in 1993 and was sentenced to death and without a doubt guilty. He currently resides at San Quentin Prison, though his death sentenced has been annulled and instead he now is just to serve a life sentence for as long as he lives.
The death of Navarro’s mother became a defining moment in his life, but it would not be the last. Despite his battles with addiction (of which is he now four years sober) and subsequent trauma, he has become one of the most varied, accomplished and weird musicians of the last 30 years. His work with Jane’s Addiction, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alanis Morissette and Nine Inch Nails, not to mention his solo work, always carries with itself an incredibly distinctive tone between heavenly choirs and hellish screams. He is also known for his roles in Sons of Anarchy and Ink Master. I’m sure his mother is very proud of him. Watch the trailer below:
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of their landmark album Ritual de lo Habitual, Jane’s Addiction will playing several shows through the rest of 2015 and will be playing the album in full. Most are festivals appearance, including sets planned for Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas, Ozzfest in Japan, New Orleans’ Voodoo Festival and Aftershock in Sacramento, California. Jane’s Addiction conducted a similar tour in 2014 where they celebrated Nothing’s Shocking’s 25th anniversary and played it in full at several dates and festivals, including Sunset Strip Music Festival which AlternativeNation covered. AlternativeNation will be covering Jane’s Addiction’s performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest.
The tour dates are as follows:
October 24th – Warfield, San Francisco, CA
October 25th – Aftershock Festival, Sacramento, CA
October 29th – Arizona State Fair, Phoenix, AZ
October 31st – Voodoo Festival, New Orleans, LA
November 6th – Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, TX
November 7th – Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin, TX
November 22nd – Ozzfest, Chiba, Japan
Here is a recap of Jane’s Addiction’s performance at Sunset Strip Music Festival last year, which became the first show I covered for AlternativeNation:
However, the highlight of the whole evening was Jane’s Addiction. There was so much feeling and ecstasy in their performance it’s hard to write about. What can be said is that they played their first album, Nothing’s Shocking, in full and a handful of other songs (“Been Caught Stealing”, “Just Because” and “Stop!”), and that it was everything I expected to be and more. Dave Navarro, standing there on stage so stoically, with his cigarette and guitar the whole night, as menacing as a lion and as still as a statue occasionally singing along while Perry Farrell, dancing in a dapper gray suit, looked like the lovechild of the Mad Hatter and Frank Sinatra.
Nothing’s Shocking sounded as clear as it did on the original recording and the several subsequent live renditions I’ve studied of their songs. Jane’s Addiction has managed to capture their same mystical energy throughout their career and last night at SSMF, it was shining at its peak. The crowd was hectic and rowdy, and Perry loved it. In return, the audience really loved Perry and fed off his energy. Jane’s rhythm section, with Stephen Perkins on drums and Chris Chaney on bass, brought on the headbanging and the moshing with their tightly knit rhythmic intuitions. Jane’s Addiction is consistently one of the best live acts in the world, complete with dancers and now, suspended trapeze artists, with Perry acting as the ringleader of the Big Top Jane’s Addiction circus. Jane’s Addiction, despite all the inconveniences, made my night, but by no means was the press treated fairly or justly, but just as Jane says: “Ain’t no right.”
Jane’s Addiction’s guitarist Dave Navarro, iconic for chain smoking on stage, has quit the world’s favorite bad habit: smoking. According to his reply to a tweet just a few hours ago, when asked “What kind of cigarettes do you smoke?”, he gave the answer: “I don’t smoke anymore, I quit 8 months ago.”
And that’s not all, Dave Navarro, as of about 2 months ago, has also conquered four years of sobriety. Navarro struggled with substance abuse for much of his adult life, with on and off long segments of sobriety followed by relapse. He reported this on his Instagram:
While Dave Navarro’s health is more important than anything, needless to say, he looked really good when he smoked, as has been the tradition with rock and roll guitarists like Keith Richards. Let’s take a moment to look back and remember fondly when Dave smoked with some of the most bad ass images of Dave Navarro smoking.
Dave Navarro smoking in 2010, shortly before Eric Avery’s second departure from Jane’s Addiction.
Left to right: Flea, Chad Smith, Dave Navarro (with lit cigarette in hand) and Anthony Kiedis presumably mixing during the recording and production of One Hot Minute, circa 1994-5.
Dave Navarro, driving and smoking, date unknown (Chili Peppers era?)
Jane’s Addiction, left to right: Stephen Perkins, Perry Farrell, Eric Avery and Dave Navarro (smoking?) Circa 1991
Dave Navarro debuting new hair cut with cigarette, circa 2013
Live on the air! With Dave Navarro AND a lit cigarette
Dave Navarro, smoking and playing guitar
Onstage with Jane’s Addiction, smoking a hardy cigarette
Dave Navarro and Slash smoking cigarettes together! Wow!
Well, Jackson Browne said all good things gotta come to an end.
While Seattle is deservedly regarded as a nucleus of the 90s rock scene, there were some pretty exciting groups a thousand miles south in Los Angeles also responsible for some of the decade’s best musical moments. Stone Temple Pilots faced serious critical scorn, but quickly emerged as solid, consistent hitmakers. Red Hot Chili Peppers thrived thanks to the addition of guitarist John Frusciante and the universal appeal of songs like “Under the Bridge.” But while Sun 60 may not have been in heavy rotation on MTV or radio, their poppy but boundary-pushing sound makes their trio of releases required listening for any self-respecting 90s rock fan. Only, the band’s sophomore effort, might just be its finest hour.
“We had just finished writing the songs for the record and decided to really challenge our production and interpretation of our songs,” says Joan Jones, lead singer of Sun 60. That process led to a number of prominent guests dropping by the studio, covert recording sessions, and even the band obtaining a helicopter.
Under the watchful eye of Scott Litt (best known for his work with R.E.M. and Nirvana), the band wasted no time in bringing their diverse batch of songs to the next level. Several tracks boast a stellar back-up squad: Dave Navarro, the Jane’s Addiction guitarist on the eve of his ill-fated stint with Red Hot Chili Peppers; Jack Irons, already a veteran of RHCP, then playing drums in L.A.’s underrated Eleven, and later to join Pearl Jam; and Alain Johannes, a prolific producer and then the frontman for Eleven.
Sun 60 guitarist/pianist David Russo was happy to have the “remarkable” Navarro’s guitar work on two tracks. “Piano is my main instrument and I had just picked up guitar in order to bring some different textures into the mix but, really, I’m kind of dismal,” Russo humbly reflects. “[Dave] elevated ‘Never Seen God’ to a whole different level.”
Navarro’s impressive riffs on that funky track are matched only by his work on “Mary X-Mess,” Only‘s opener. Arguably the band’s greatest song, written as Jones’ “way of dealing with the holidaze,” it’s abstruse lyrics might not make it a favorite for carolers (though I certainly wouldn’t slam the door on anyone singing lyrics like, “Claim her drink tasted just the like the smell of the ham which made her sick 12 years ago”) but it’s certainly a good way to spice up a predictable Christmas playlist. It’s a perfect storm of Navarro’s wild guitar, Irons’ manic drumming, and Jones’ charming vocals (think a rockier Suzanne Vega).
The album offers more than chaotic rockers, though. Most of the band’s favorite tracks are the softer ballads, like “All of the Joy.” “That song came about quite simply and quickly,” Russo remembers. “I have a clear memory of the night and the joy. It held a lot of personal truths for me and the memory of sharing that with [Joan] is the most compelling.”
Jones cites “Pressure” as a particular standout. Written towards the end of the recording sessions, getting it on the album required some stealth on her part. “It was a Sunday and it was a day off,” she says. “I wanted to mess around in the studio and make up some stuff.” With the help of her friend Marc “Sugarshroom” Friedenberg, she began recording the song on free tracks of another song that the band was in the process of overdubbing. “[‘Pressure’] is moody and quiet ‘cuz we didn’t want to get in trouble for being in the studio that day,” she explains. Her plan was thwarted when a furious Russo unexpectedly came to the studio and kicked them out. But the bigger surprise came a day later, when Jones, expecting Russo and Litt to chastise her, learned that they loved the track. The group completed it and it became the album’s closing cut.
Truly, Only has something for everybody. There are inspiring anthems (“Hold On”), sludgy blues (“Tuff to Say”), warm acoustic numbers (“Tell Me Like You Know”), and harmonious grooves (“Water x3”). Whether that worked against the album commercially is unclear, but Jones has mixed emotions about the label’s commitment to the band. “Epic was a good record company for Sun 60 but there was always a battle,” she says. “They were one of the only majors that actually knew the value of college radio and touring. They did lack vision with the new wave of female performers that were not just rock or pop in a box. […] We battled on videos and imagery. They always wanted me to look like something I wasn’t.” Case in point: the director Epic hired for the “Hold On” and “Never Seen God” videos never finished them. The band members took it upon themselves to complete the videos, including a helicopter scene over Hollywood Hills.
Another problem with the label emerged shortly before the band’s publicity push for its third album, Headjoy, was about to start. A turnover at Epic removed much of Sun 60’s support base. With one album still left under their contract, the band could leave the label to get some much-needed cash. Hollywood Records was willing to sign Jones…as a solo act. For Russo, who was never interested in performing on stage, it was an easy decision. “Personally, I was ready to move on,” he says. “Sun 60, to me, was never more than an expression of my love for Joan. I never really cared about being in a band. […] It wasn’t an authentic life for me.” Since leaving Sun 60, he embarked on a European tour with Sheryl Crow; did various studio work; and scored over 40 films and TV shows, including Sin City, Pineapple Express, and Grindhouse. He’s currently scoring the third season of the CW’s Nikita. “I think what’s next for me is to continue to make music every day of my life in whatever fashion I can,” he says. “That’s really it.”
“It was a real shame that [David] and I couldn’t artistically move forward together,” Jones says. “The band had really become a well-oiled machine and was a lot of fun.” She has recorded several solo albums since leaving Sun 60, including 1998’s acclaimed Starlite Criminal. A regular performer at Arnold Palmer’s in La Quinta, CA, an injury kept her off the stage for most of 2012, but she’ll be back in action on New Year’s Eve. She also hopes to record next year.
Only is a record with a wide range of emotions, so it’s only fitting that Sun 60 shares that legacy for its creators. “Sun 60 is bittersweet for me,” Russo admits. “It was an unbelievable time for me and I was privileged to witness some magic that Joan created. She was a force of nature. A beautiful force of nature.”