Guest Appearances

The list of songs John did with other musicians, minus full albums he plays on; those are treated as collaborations. The two earliest appearances on The Mars Volta albums have been cross-listed on the page containing all of John’s releases with the group. If John was featured on more than one song, the album name will be shown as a title, with track name in the notes. If he was featured on just one song, the title will be just the name of the track.

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Dewa Budjana – Manahdini

John is the guest vocalist on two and plays guitar on one of two of his songs reimagined by Dewa Budjana, Crowded and Zone.

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez ‎– Arañas en La Sombra

John plays additional guitar on tracks Primitivo y Bárbaro and Semillas de Hez.

Flea - Washington Bullets

Flea – Washington Bullets

A coover from 1991 listed with its eventual release date. Flea on bass and vocals, John on guitar, Stephen Perkins on drums, Cherie Westridge on backing vocals.

Le Bucherettes - A Raw Youth

Le Bucherettes – My Half

John is featured on this track from Le Bucherettes’ album “A Raw Youth”, which was produced by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and also features Iggy Pop on another track.

Duran Duran - Paper Gods

Duran Duran – Paper Gods (4 songs)

John is on What Are the Chances?, Butterfly Girl, The Universe Alone and Northern Lights. The last song is available only on the deluxe edition on the album and he has no composer credits, as per liner notes.

Achozen - Achozen

Achozen – Secure

John is on a single track from the Achozen self-titled debut album, which is available solely on the internal memory of a Boombotix Pro special edition speaker.

Truth Hurts feat. Joe Young - Naked

Truth Hurts feat. Joe Young – Naked

A rework of John’s track “Glowe” from the 2012 Letur-Lefr EP, for the #alllivesmatter campaign. Features Truth Hurts on vocals and Joe Young’s freestyling.

Venetian Snares' long-awaited album, My Love Is A Bulldozer

Venetian Snares – Dear Poet

Venetian Snares’ long-awaited album, My Love Is A Bulldozer has a cover as interesting as its name. The song Dear Poet contains “breaks chopped off Mike Glozier and jaguar noises by John Frusciante”.

Amanda Jo Williams – You’re The Father of My Songs

Alt-country/freak folk singer-songwriter released her fourth album for NYL. You’re The Father of My Songs, among others, features John playing organ and piano on, as of yet, unspecified songs.

Sexual Castle - Pleasure Pyramid

Sexual Castle – Flip The Scrip

Ladies of Sexual Castle are making “music for strawberry lovers”. John can be found playing guitar on the song Flip The Scrip. This release is using the month the song was posted, as it’s a demo; the debut titled Pleasure Pyramid is, as of now, set to be released in April 2014.

BIGDOXX - Doxxology

BIGDOXX – Indigenous Rhythm

DOXXOLOGY, a collaboration between Kehinde “Doxx” Cunningham + Nicole Turley, initially named BIG DOXX & NDT, then renamed to NIKI DOXX, solely to be renamed again, has one track so far- Indigenous Rhythm; featuring the said artists, one of their usual suspects and, of course, John on guitar. Stream only.

VAGENDA - Volume 2

VAGENDA – H (Heart) H (remix)

H(heart)H is a remix of a Weave! song from their second EP and it features John on guitar once again. Also available as a bonus with digital download of the EP. Since the full compilation was never released, this is only the date when the track was posted.

VAGENDA - volume 1

VAGENDA – I Wanta Go and The Golden Coral (remixes)

John contributed guitar on two tracks on the first release of one of Nicole Turley’s projects. One is a remix of BIGDOXX’s I Wanta Go with Arianna “Lady” Basco, other a remix of Swahili Blonde’s The Golden Coral; with Viv Albertine, formerly of The Slits.

Catherine Ringer - Ring'n'Roll

Catherine Ringer – Prends-moi

Catherine Ringer, of Les Rita Mitsuoko fame, released a solo album titled Ring ‘n Roll, produced by RZA. John’s on the track titled Prends-Moi. The song received a number of positive reviews.

Warpaint - Exquisite Corpse

Warpaint – Billie Holiday

John played mellotron on the track Billie Holiday; and mixed the entire Exquisite Corpse, the EP (minus the song added on its third release). He was also seen manipulating sound at a couple of band’s early concerts in 2007/2008.

N.A.S.A. - The Spirit Of Apollo

N.A.S.A – Way Down

John, RZA and Barbie Hatch on track built over a sample of Ton & Sergio’s Vou Sair Do Cativero. The song is a story of a girl who fell in love with the devil and visited the underworld. A clip from the N.A.S.A. documentary is showing John singing in the studio, presumably doing backing vocals for the chorus over the sample.

George Clinton And His Gangsters Of Love

George Clinton – Let The Good Times Roll

On his most recent album, the funk legend covered the Shirley and Lee classic. Three out of four RHCP members joined in, along with Kim Manning. John is one of the four vocalists on the song. This was his last known recording with RHCP before the 11 year break and he’s on the cover.

Bobby Digital - Digi Snacks

RZA – Up Again

One of many things done by John and RZA of the Wu-Tang clan has seen the light of the day on the third Bobby Digital album and RZA’s fourth overall. JF plays guitar on this haunting song and is also credites as its co-producer.

Omar Rodriguez Lopez - Calibration (Is Pushing Luck and Key Too Far)

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez – Glosa Picaresca Wou Mên

John contributed lyrics and vocals to an oddly titled song from one of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez’s numerous solo albums. They’re heavily distorted, so it’s hard to understand what he’s singing (some media even referred to this as “singing”). The album was recorded in 2005.

Dave Gahan - Saw Something

Dave Gahan – Saw Something

Depeche Mode singer’s leading single from the second solo album, Hourglass was peppered by John’s guitar solo. He does not appear in the music video, though.

Wu-Tang Clan - The Heart Gently Weeps

Wu-Tang Clan – The Heart Gently Weeps

The first single of Wu-Tang Clan’s 8 Diagrams album. John and Dhani Harrison take the guitars, Erykah Badu joins on vocals. As its name suggests, the song contains an interpolation of The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”.

Perry Farrell's Satellite Party - Ultrapayloaded

Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party – Hard Life Easy

Perry Farrell and his wife Etty, joined by Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme, record a whole ode to love, featuring just about everyone, including the late Jim Morrison (!). John, Flea and Chad Smith are on one of the tracks.

Omar Rodriguez Lopez - Se dice bisonte no buffalo

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez – If Gravity Lulls I Can Hear The World Pant

Another Omar Rodriguez Lopez album, another song that John’s featured on, another cryptic title; more stellar music.

Bob Forrest – The Dying Song

On his first solo album featuring only other artists’ songs;Bob Forrest covers John’s haunting ballad from the Brown Buny soundtrack; and has the maestro sing the backing vocals as well. Curiously enough, some people prefer this version to the original.

Glenn Hughes - Music for the Divine

Glenn Hughes – This Is How I Feel

Glenn Hughes releases Music for the Divine, recorded at Chad Smith’s home. John guests on two tracks – This Is How I Feel and previously soundtrack-released cover of Nights In White Satin.

Glenn Hughes – Nights In The White Satin

A cover of Moody Blues’ signature hit gets a Glenn Hughes treatment. Chad Smith drums, John plays guitar and sings the gentle, yet dramatic backing vocals.

The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute cover image

The Mars Volta – L’Via L’Viaquez

On Frances the Mute, The Mars Volta’s second album, John chips in the first two guitar solos on the song L’Via L’Viaquez.

Tempo Technik Teamwork

Ekkehard Ehlers & John Frusciante – Grissaise 1

German label Staubgold publishes a compilation featuring their artists and some collaborations. Ekkehard Ehers and John team up for an instrumental titled Grissaise 1. If you’re looking for the most soothing item in the entire collection of guest appearances and collaborations; this is the one.

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - A Manual Dexterity: Soundtrack Volume One

Omar Rodriguez Lopez – A Manual Dexterity: Soundtrack, Vol. 1

The first out of many albums to come for the mastermind behind The Mars Volta. John guests on four songs: Dyna Sark Arches, Here The Tame Go By, Dramatic Theme and The Palpitations Form A Limit; twice on guitar, twice on synths

Johnny Cash - Unearthed

Johnny Cash – Heart of Gold

The third collaboration with Johnny Cash sees the light of the day as a part of the Unhearthed box set. It’s a cover of Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold”.

Underworld soundtrack

David Bowie featuring Maynard James Keenan & John Frusciante – Bring Me The Disco King [Lohner mix]

On a soundtrack he produced for the horror film Underworld; Danny Lohner remixed David Bowie song “Bring Me The Disco King”. Maynard James Keenan of Tool joins in as the vocalist, while John plays guitar. According to Lohner, this is the album’s highest point.

The Mars Volta - De-loused in the Comatorium cover image

The Mars Volta – Cicatriz ESP

The Mars Volta released their critically acclaimed debut LP, De-Loused in the Comatorium in 2003. While his former band mate Flea plays bass throughout it, John joins in with guitar and synth treatments on the track Cicatriz Esp.

Ziggy Marley – Rainbow In The Sky

A whole ensemble of musicians joins Ziggy Marley on this album. John plays guitar on Rainbow In The Sky; and Flea’s on bass.

Johnny Cash – American IV: The Man Comes Around

Johnny Cash’s series of cover songs done for Rick Rubin’s American Recordings label goes on. John records two songs’ guitar parts, but never actually meets Cash in studio. The songs are Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus and Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again.

24 Hour Party People soundtrack

New Order feat. Moby, Billy Corgan, John Frusciante – New Dawn Fades (Live)

For the film on Manchester of the 80s and the Acid House, a lot of musicians of that period were featured. New Order recorded a special live version of Joy Division’s New Dawn Fades, featuring Moby, Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins and JF. This occurred in Los Angeles, on 05th of August 2001.

Macy Gray – Sweet Baby

Macy Gray releases her second major label album. On the lead single Sweet Baby, Erykah Badu joins on backing vocals and John plays subtle guitar.

Tricky – Blowback

Tricky does what was in fashion in early 2000s – invites everyone to perform on his album. RHCP are on two tracks and John also takes lead vocals on #1 Da Woman, which is a rework of the Wonder Woman TV show theme; while Anthony Kiedis sings on Girls

Messy – A System For Shutting Everything Out

Bauhaus’ Doug DeAngelis teams up with John, Flea and Josh Klinghoffer upon hearing them cover Joy Division; in an effort to create a track with the early-80s British alternative scene vibe for Alison Anders’ film Things Behind The Sun. The result, is splendid; but the soundtrack was cancelled.

Fishbone – Shakey Ground

On their sixth studio album, Fishbone and the Familyhood Nextperience Present: The Psychotic Friends Nuttwerx; Fishbone get a lot of their friends to play. The opening track is a cover of The Temptations’ Shakey Ground, John, Flea and Chad. Apparently, as per Flea’s request, everyone had to strip and play in the nude, for a special vibe.

Milla – Bring It On

Model, actress and singer has done a lot of demos after having published her first album and John is playing guitar on one of them. This listing is using the year the song was most likely recorded and it’s free to download on Milla’s site; so if you’re interested in it; you can easily obtain it.

Perry Farrell – Rev

Perry Farrell releases a compilation album of Jane’s Addiction and Porno For Pyros’ songs, the first song being new material. John is credited for additional guitars on it, later he claimed that he played a single note, which he was probably supposed to play the way he did. Weird, but true.

The Bicycle Thief – Cereal Song

Bob Forrest’s one-off project, featuring Josh Klinghoffer, released their album in 1999. John plays guitar on “Cereal Song”, often mislabeled as “Heroin” and mistook as his solo track, for whatever reason.

Banyan - Anytime at All

Banyan – Anytime at All

On the second out of their three albums, Stephen Perkins’ self-proclaimed “alt-rock graveyard” delivers a magnificent bunch of songs. John guests on two back-to-back tracks: Grease The System and La Sirena. Footage from the sessions that lead to these tunes have been circulating on YouTube for a while.

Peace Choir – Give Peace A Chance

At the peak of Gulf War, Lenny Kravitz gathered a lot of musicians to record a cover of John Lennon’s Give Peace A Chance. The idea was supported by Yoko Ono and Sean Ono Lennon who also took part. John and Flea are in it, too; as well as everyone from the Eurovision runner-up Amina, to the rock pioneer Little Richard.

Nina Hagen – Divine Love, Sex And Romance

In addition to having inspired the lead single off BloodSugarSexMagik by having allowed Anthony Kiedis to take her jacket; Nina Hagen also had the Peppers in studio for her album, Street. John is credited – albeit as John “Fraciante”, for composing, producing and playing guitar on the song Divine Love, Sex and Romance.

Kristen Vigard - Kristen Vigard

Kristen Vigard – Slave to My Emotions

Kristen Vigard toured with RHCP and Fishbone as one of the background singers and appeared on the Mother’s Milk album. John co-produced Slave To My Emotions and played guitar on it. This would be his first collaboration out of many more to come.

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