"Dr. Johnny Skinz's Disproportionately Rambunctious Polar Express Machine-head." While that could easily be the name of the 12-part Flaming Lips song
that came out earlier this week, it is actually the working title for the upcoming Red Hot Chili Peppers album. Frontman Anthony Kiedis says the phrase comes via a friend who popped into the studio to hear some early tracks. "He 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 Number One hit was, well, that title," Kiedis tells Spin
. "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."
Well, it is under the radar no more, Chili Peppers! Now we can all share a chuckle and wonder who this Merry Prankster pal is. Other important pieces of intel: Rick Rubin, who produced 1991's "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" is once again behind the boards, the disc will have some African influence thanks to a trip Flea and new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer took together, and Flea plans to put his new USC music theory degree to work on the album, turning what were once "hit-and-miss" jams (Kiedis' words!) into tracks with "a bit more precision." Not yet precise, however: that ridiculous (and hilarious) title.
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