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- Posted on Feb 22nd 2011 6:00AM by Julian Marszalek
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Speaking to Spin, Kiedis revealed that the album has the working title of 'Dr Johnny Skinz's Disproportionately Rambunctious Polar Express Machine-head' -- a moniker that really -- ahem -- trips off the tongue.
"He [the friend] was reminiscing about one of his legendary acid trips," Kiedis said, "and told us that he had been playing a sold-out show to the planets and moons, and his No. 1 hit was, well, that title."
Kieidis was quick to point out that the name might not stick beyond the recording process. He added, "We found it so funny that we told him for as long as the album was under the radar, that that would be our nickname for it."
The singer went on to explain that a combination of guitarist John Frusciante's departure -- since replaced by Josh Klinghoffer -- and bassist Flea's piano lessons had altered the dynamic of the band in a positive way.
"Before, some of our jams were a bit hit-and-miss," Kiedis said. "On this record, a decent number of songs were actually thought out and planned in a way we had never done before. That is, with Flea's new knowledge of music theory, we explored the writing process with a bit more precision."
No release date has yet been set for the new album.