Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Unreleased 1998 Song “Circle of the Noose” Leaks

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Original source of the leaked 1998 mix of “Circle of the Noose”

 

In the late 1990’s, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were on their last leg with Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro. After touring the world for One Hot Minute, the band tried writing and recording new material with Navarro. Until now, nothing from those sessions have ever been leaked. In rare interviews and fan communities, a title, “Circle of the Noose” would surface up. Today, it was leaked to the world by rhcptv5 on Twitter, and posted on YouTube. Commenting on the song’s character, a tribute to qawwali devotional singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Navarro recalled in an AllStar 1997 interview that:

“One of the songs we’ve done is 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.”

 

The song is available below, in the rough mix which has circulated in rare collector’s circles for some time. Artwork credited to Leandro Cabo.

This news of course, occurs right as the Chili Peppers are at “home stretch” with finishing their new album:

Anthony Kiedis discussed Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new album last week on Jonesy’s Jukebox.

“We’re in the home stretch. I sang yesterday, I get a week off, I go back to finish.”

He added, “We’re going to back and listen to the songs, and see if we can beat them.”

“We had written two dozen songs before we got with him. [Producer Danger Mouse] is like, ‘Let’s keep a few of those, but let’s go write all new songs in the studio. We’re looking at each other like, ‘Dude, we kind of already wrote the songs, bro.’ He’s like, ‘No, I like to write new ones in the studio.’ So, in honor of accommodating this new process, we wrote all new songs, and it’s a good thing we did.

Below is my interpretation of what the lyrics of “Circle of the Noose” could be:

Inspiration
Mess me up, makes me cry
Come and see me please
Dragonfly, so I don’t die
In a circle
Break my heart
So I can start

All I need
Is for fun and for free
All I need
All I need

I don’t need it!
Don’t need it!
I don’t need it!

Locomotive
Shoot me up
Shoot me down
Devasation boy
Deal me out, steal my joy
Good for nothing
That’s the one
My mother’s son

All I need
Is for fun and for free
All I need
All I need

I don’t need it!
Don’t need it!
I don’t need it!

In the sun
And the sea
I’m for fun
and for free

Dog’s a-laughing
Laughing now
That I’m no-how
Human uniform
I’m so warm, inside this stone

All I need
Is for fun and for free
All I need
All I need

I don’t need it!
Don’t need it!
I don’t need it!

Human uniform

 

 

 

  • Jimmy Intense

    Good song aside from the dreadful lyrics.

    RHCP need to bring Dave back if Josh ever pulls a Frusciante.

    • — J —

      Dave would never do it.

  • Felonious Punk

    Well this was unexpected. COTN is difficult to come by even in collector’s circles. Song is a gem though; it sounds very Ritual-era Jane’s Addiction, which is awesome

    I truly believe that Navarro was their best guitarist, from a creative standpoint. That whole era of the RHCP when he was around sounds different from everything else they’ve done. Even the I’m With You stuff can’t touch the OHM stuff, from a creative standpoint. I wish they’d had a chance to make another album or two with Dave before he got released.

    • Nikdik

      I think I’m With You sounds completely fucking neutered. I’m a huge RHCP fan but I despise that album. Are there any tracks you like from it?

      I agree on OHM though. That’s one amazing record.

      • Felonious Punk

        IWY at least had some differentiation to it. It wasn’t just some poor-man’s retread of BSSM the way the three albums before it were.

        • Pelonious Funk

          I could not agree more! I love the “I’m beside you” songs more than IWY. It was weak.

        • Nikdik

          I’ll have to check out those Bsides. I think the Chili Peppers are one of those awesome bands like the Cure who have a shit ton of awesome Bsides.

          The Stadium Arcadium ones were way better than over half the stuff they put on the album

          • Felonious Punk

            Seems to me when the RHCP stops trying to show off and play to the safety of their fanbase, they’re capable of making some pretty compelling music. Anthony pretty much admits in ‘Scar Tissue’ that the band was afraid to experiment with their sound after OHM failed to live up to record label expectations.

            Except Anthony’s lyrics. Those will always be cringe-worthy, no matter what setting they’re in

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  • — J —

    Holy shit. I’ve been waiting almost 20 goddamn years for this day.

  • Jesusswept

    Nice! very cool guitar work, Janes type feel to it at times.

  • cool dude

    More info here: https://sites.google.com/site/rhcpsessions/sessions-for-second-album-with-dave (oh wait you’ve just ripped all the info from this article without credit anyway)

  • Raj

    Not bad, the best part of the song is when Anthony starts singing in the Sun then it goes into the solo, wish they would have carried that part a bit further.

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  • Ishmael

    it has a very smashing pumpkins kinda vibe to me. (not in a bad way i mean)

  • fuck them

    Sounds great!

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