Anthony Kiedis discussed songs that did not make the cut for Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new album The Getaway in an interview with Vanity Fair Italy. Keep in mind that Alternative Nation has translated Kiedis’ quotes, so some of his quotes should be taken as paraphrases.
“It was tough. When we asked Brian [Burton, aka Danger Mouse] to produce, we had already prepared 20 songs that seemed good to us, but he did not like them. It was a shock, when you work on a song for so long, you get attached, you lose lucidity and do not understand if it works. Brian, however, wanted something different, so we said: if we work with him, we have to follow him. We relied on his method consisting of composing new music each day in the studio.”
Kiedis said one unreleased song in particular is special to him, “A song [dedicated to] Robin Williams’ death, that is not in the disc. Robin was special, his energy was contagious, when he left I felt a real pain. He had psychological problems, but hid his suffering. He held out until the pain became unbearable, and then it is gone. Do not blame him. I forgive all.”
Guitarist Josh Klinghoffer said he would like to record this unreleased material soon in an interview with 97.9 WGRD. Alternative Nation transcribed his quotes.
“If it were up to me, we would be in the studio now working on them, or we would do it during our first available break, which I think is in August.”
He added, “We certainly could save them for later, there’s great lyrics to some of these songs that Anthony wrote to some of these songs that haven’t been recorded. There’s great parts, there’s a lot of songs that we all still really like. Who knows what we will do, but if it were up to me, we would be working on them as soon as possible.”