In 1993, Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante quit the band and was replaced by Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction. Navarro played on their 1995 LP One Hot Minute and a subsequent world tour, briefly working on some material for a new RHCP album before parting ways with the group in 1998. Until now, nothing from these scrapped sessions with Navarro had ever surfaced, but one track, “Circle Of The Noose,” became legendary in fan circles. In a 1997 interview with AllStar, Navarro described it 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. I really love it and we use a loop of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. It’s really nice. The best way I can describe it is it’s like pepped-up ’60s folk with ’90s ideals, but I would hate to label it as folk because it’s not, it moves.” Now, almost two decades later, “Circle Of The Noose” has finally leaked online, with its authenticity confirmed by Navarro himself. Listen below.
@RHCPtv5 WOW what a trip down memory lane! Thanks :)
— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) February 3, 2016
@awashingtonmus what? Holy cow! how in the hell do you know about that? It had a sample of nusrat fateh Ali khan in it…never was finished
— Flea (@flea333) March 20, 2011