During 2004 I was overwhelmed by Fruciante's Record Collection series. Back than there was a mesaage board called Frusciante.net (if I'm not mistaken). Some of the members were hyped by the new band called Mars Volta, adn their record on which Flea and Fru played. Well, as a 15year old fanboy of RHCP I had to check it out. Few months later Frances was released, and rest is history.
Btw there was a competition on Fru.net. we had to find all the parts of Frances album cover (? I think) and tell in which topics are they hidden, to win a copy.
Anyone still active from those days?
Hey I remember your name. I used to visit frusciante.net a lot during my initial JF phase which must have been around 2005. I got most of my knowledge about his work from the site. But I didn't sign up until shortly before it was hacked in 07/08(?). Which brings me to how I discovered TMV: The only "current" music I liked back then was JF's solo work, particularly the Ataxia album. Besides that I almost exclusively listened to classic rock (Hendrix, Zeppelin, The Who, Velvet Underground) and some Post-Punk (Joy Division, PIL, Fugazi). I was frustrated that I could not find any modern bands which I felt were as good as the old shit (except JF of course). A band that could take the visceral energy and musicianship of say Led Zeppelin and update it with modern (electronic) sounds without sounding like one of those shitty landfill indie bands which I hated. That was around the time Radiohead released "In Rainbows". I remember trying to get into it, but ultimately found it just too "cute". Next up on the list to check out was the mighty Volta, whose name was of course known by every involved Frusciante fan. I still don't know why I haven't checked them out earlier. On a day in November '07 a friend hooked me up with a nice 320kbit/s version of De-Loused. And it was the fucking bomb. Seriously. It was not only exactly what I've been looking for, it was that plus a million other things I didn't even know I was looking for... executed in such a mindblowingly tasteful manner that was just absolutely overwhelming. The tremor of hearing Drunkship, Eriatarka and Cicatriz for the first time still echoes through my spine. I listened to the whole album multiple times a day for at least a month and it seemed to get better with every listen. It was heaven. I wanted to roll around in it like a dog. Oh, and just a few days later the euro tour dates were announced. The concert was a similar experience. BEST BAND EVER.