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John named the coolest member of an otherwise uncool band

Before we discuss anything, by now everybody should have learnt that top lists are just for fun and that de gustibus non disputandum est. In this particular case, the list is not one of the best, neither it is one of the worst - it's a list of the best among the worst.

Sound City, the music blog on Village Voice, has compiled a somewhat cynical/satirical list of top six coolest members of, in their words, otherwise uncool bands. According to them, John tops the list and here is what they had to say about it:

First off, yes, Flea is coming around. Joining Thom Yorke's Atoms For Peace is a big step in not being super lame. But he has a long way to go to redeem himself for the years of playing slap bass in a diaper. John Frusciante, however, is way too cool for Red Hot Chili Peppers. When he quit in the late 90s and the band hired Dave Navarro's pierced nipples as a replacement, he made a series of raw solo albums. Not raw the way a White Stripes record is raw, but raw the way listening to somebody die of heroin is raw. In all honesty, Frusciante rejoining RHCP may have literally saved his life, but realizing there is no guitar part great enough to mask the vocal trainwreck that is Anthony Keidis [sic], he quit again in 2009. Perhaps he figured out that he's the coolest person in an uncool band. Thankfully, he was smart enough to do something about it.

Cool vs. uncool?

John and the other five musicians deemed too cool for their former and current bands

The other musicians mentioned on the list, from place 3 to 6, are the experimental virtuoso/Diana Krall's hired gun Marc Ribot, Mickey Madden of Maroon 5, Jose Pasillas of Incubus and James Dewees of The Get Up Kids and touring with My Chemical Romance.

You can read the entire article on Sound City.

*Many thanks to the whole football team of folks for heads-up!


19 Reactions to John named the coolest member of an otherwise uncool band

  1. dallas08 says:

    i think we can all agree that John is cool, but the Chili's are cool as well. just a stupid list in the first place.

    • Dark Manshorse says:

      No, they are really really lame now.

      It's a sad fact but the chills are not cool now and never again will be.

      When john quit they should have hung it up to be remembered as a truly great band
      not the joke they have become. Josh is 1/16 the musician john was and settling for 3rd rate
      will leave the bands legacy as a hard to listen to piece of garbage with a 3million dollar light show....

  2. Eugene says:

    Flea is actually pretty cool in a goofy but authentic sort of way. Chad's kinda cool like a buttrock uncle who just wants to get hammered and could care less about the trends. Anthony Keidis is painfully uncool as he tries way too hard.

    • Zack says:

      I often find myself thinking that the band has to be so cool to remain cool while Anthony remains uncool enough to make them have to continue everyday. Still a bitching live show, they put on.

    • Emily P says:

      Anthony Keidis has more cool in the shit he took this morning that your entire family.

  3. orangevarld says:

    The article is a bit stupid, but a bit true too. I wouldn't be too harsh on Flea though.

  4. Jason says:

    Dumbest list ever, ok maroon 5 isnt that cool, i agree... but incubus AND chili peppers, this is bananas

  5. Mirie says:

    No need to humiliate one guy in order to praise another....

  6. charles says:

    whomever made this list is "uncool"...

  7. Alex says:

    oh so Jose is too cool for Mike Einziger? this list sucks

  8. Edwin says:

    Very disappointing, how do they get the right to publish this stuff?

  9. Ariadna says:

    This is a really UNCOOL list.
    There's always a reflection of the author on his work.

  10. anne says:

    .. a bass player in a diaper, a vocal train wreck ...

    John wouldn't have joined a diaper wearing bass player and a vocal train wreck to play with in a band. There must have been more to it.

    But yeah, I never understood why Flea devoted his skills as bass player to playing with Anthony Kiedis.

    I admit, though, that I don't listen to RHCP without John.


  11. Cameron says:

    Who cares if they're 'cool', they made Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Californication, By The Way and Stadium Arcadium.

  12. Matt says:

    Flea is the shit IMO him and Chad are super cool where as John is a inspiration. Keep in mind chad and flea are now 50

  13. Simon says:

    Who cares who or what is cool, is the music good? Do you like it? Does it work, Live, recorded, in the car, in the bath, does it move you, as a human, surely that is all that matter with art.

  14. Hayden says:

    i think you're all taking this too seriously, i just laughed at every line, well most of it

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