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Dave Navarro’s One Hot Minute 20 Years Ago

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Dave Navarro in 2001 (Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect/Getty Images)

Dave Navarro in 2001 (Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect/Getty Images)

On this day in 1993, Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

It seemed like a good idea at the time, but for the five years we learned that when two awesome things combined, the result isn’t always a success.

Navarro’s first large-scale appearance with RHCP came during the 1994 edition of Woodstock.

During the next year, the band would release One Hot Minute – a very un-Chili, more Addicty-sounding album. RHCP as a band took a large step away from the funk-rock format that had propelled them to the forefront of popular music with incredibly radio-friendly, guitar-driven pop songs. The band’s first single off the album, “Warped,” was dark and psychedelic like a Jane’s Addiction song…oh, and the video was weird as ****.

One Hot Minute was considered a commercial failure despite selling well. Had it not been for the sing-along “Aeroplane” — which was the only song on the album that really captured vintage Flea bass licks — the band may have lost a handful of fan for good.

For many fans, Navarro’s exit couldn’t come soon enough. A year after going out with Jane’s Addiction in 1997 for their “Relapse tour” (which featured Flea on bass), Navarro was fired and was immediately replaced by John Frusciante (the band’s previous — and longest tenured — guitar player).

Today, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are more pop than pop itself and Navarro has far more tattoos and a handful of reality TV under his belt.

Happy anniversary,

-JACKitty JACK JACK JACK 

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