Lost Red Hot Chili Peppers Song Found

Discovered from a scrapped recording session during the Navarro era...

February 4, 2016

If the Red Hot Chili Peppers ever had to lose a member like John Frusciante, they found the right dude to replace him in Dave Navarro. One Hot Minute kept the Peppers relevant to high school kids and beyond - I remember because it was me. That four-ish year stretch in the mid-90's gave us my favorite RHCP song and tested mainstream America with a pretty amazing makeout scene between male band members.

As the beginning of "Warped" describes in spooky tape delay, dependency had long been a problem the Peppers battled. At some point, work on another album fell apart with a bunch of music scrapped. Dave Navarro left the band to fight his own demons. Nothing ever surfaced from those sessions until now. The internet produced this song that Navarro once described as "the greatest pop song I’ve ever been a part of … It’s pop in the sense of verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, hook." When a fan group tweeted at Dave, he responded:

Navarro confirms authenticity of song.

That response confirms that this track is legit:

I'm blown away by that guitar solo. This song is incredible and now we have to ask - did drugs not only put Navarro through hell, but also rob us of the next level of the Red Hot Chili Peppers? It's foolish to think such things since we'll never know. For me, someone so tired of the hammering of RHCP everywhere for 15 years, I grew tired or numb to their sound. Now, I want to go back and give One Hot Minute another listen.

We know the Peppers are back in the studio and entering the home stretch of recording a new album before hitting the major festival circuit this summer. They're working with 20-teens go-to-guy, Danger Mouse. This is the first time in decades they aren't working with Rick Ruben. It's hard to believe five years flew by since the last RHCP record - what was it called? Exactly. Here's their chance to blow our minds.

[via Consequence of Sound]