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Published on Oct 5, 2010

John Frusciante - What I Saw
Album: Inside Of Emptiness (2004)

Inside of Emptiness is the sixth album by John Frusciante, and the fourth album of a six album series released from June 2004 to February 2005. It features Josh Klinghoffer and Omar Rodríguez-López as guest musicians.

Recorded in March and published in October 2004, John's fastest album to date might as well be the first one to think of when someone who hasn't followed his career and who's a fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers asks what to start with. From the distorted hot rocking beats of What I Saw to the melancolic falsetto of Scratches, with the floor vibrating from the screams in 666 and hearts melting at the warmth and openess of I'm Around and cruel reality of Look On, the song which features one of John's best guitar solos ever; Inside Of Emptiness is most likely the album where no skipping will occur, no matter who you are. Lyrically, just like all of John's other albums, it is much more complex. According to the author himself, three songs on the album were written while thinking about British occultist/mystic Aleister Crowley. Some of the music critics are refering to Inside Of Emptiness as something similar to what Shadows Collide With People would sound had it been unpolished and more raw. On the other side, this is obviously album where the electric guitar dominates, unlike on SCWP where each song has an accoustic guitar as the base instrument. Apart from usual contributor Josh Klinghoffer, the album also features a guest appearance of The Mars Volta's guitarist, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, and therefore the first of two times he and John experimented with what John called "joined guitars". Introverted, yet somewhat furious, slow-speaking yet unstoppable as he's always been; John'd created yet another memorable chapter in the history of modern rock music.

1. What I Saw [4:00]
2. The World's Edge [2:34]
3. Inside A Break [3:07]
4. A Firm Kick [4:33]
5. Look On [6:10]
6. Emptiness [3:34]
7. I'm Around [3:49]
8. 666 [4:53]
9. Interior Two [2:27]
10. Scratches [4:19]


There's one room
There's one light
There's one night
In the fire
In the pain
In the wire
This from me
This one lie
That seems right
Time can't climb
It can't be
It can't see

I see to be right
I fall down tonight
I go to hell to be what I sell
Falling again is such a welcome end
Can the end of today be more than tonight
Echoes of these far reaching sights
Stuck with the pain of knowing you should have tried

Give me your hands
Give me your hands
Give me your ha-a-a-nds
And we'll never d-i-i-e
We'll never die, oh

This love song
It sits wrong
It means jack
The time's right
To be wrong
All night long
I feel good
I feel so far away
This is mine
It can be anyday

I saw what I saw
I call up a man
Distance is what gets me right in
I had a hand in everyone losing their place
Never must stop
It's stealing my heart
A moment to squeeze, beggining on its knees
I know I'll never be right beyond tonight

So, give me your hands
Give me your ha-a-a-nds
And we'll never d-i-i-e
We'll never d-i-i-e
Give me your hands
Give me your hands
Give me your ha-a-a-nds
And we'll never d-i-i-e
We'll never d-i-i-i-e


Release date: 26th October 2004
Released: Worldwide
Publisher: Record Collection Music
Duration: 39 minutes, 32 seconds
John plays: Guitar, synthesizer, keyboards and bass on The World's Edge and 666
Other musicians: Josh Klinghoffer plays drums, bass, keyboards, and guitar on I'm Around. He sings some of the backing/harmony vocals as well plays guitar solos on Inside A Break and Emptiness. Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of The Mars Volta plays lead guitars on 666.
Produced by: John Frusciante
Engineered by: Ryan Hewitt
Mixed by: Ryan Hewitt
Assisted by: Kevin Dean
Recorded/mixed at/when: Sunset Sound (08-13th March 2004)
Mastered by/where: Bernie Grundman/Bernie Grundman Mastering Hollywood, CA, USA
Designed by: Mike Piscitelli, John Frusciante
Cover photograph by: Lola Montes
Equipment by: Dave Lee
Management: Q-Prime Inc.



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