This is a list of “holy grails” – items from the band’s
history which appear to exist, yet do not often come up in conversation. We’ve
put them in one place in the hopes to jog someone’s memory, or to incite more
public interest in their uncovering. If you have any further information
regarding the items listed here, please get in touch, and please know that the
webmasters are willing to pay for items you might be willing to sell.
We do not necessarily intend to obtain and spread these highly coveted
recordings; we’re aware that collectors rely on the rarer things in order for
their collection to grow. Even simple information, clarification and any
further details would be highly appreciated.
One thing to remember is sometimes items that we didn’t even
know existed can be uncovered. In 2006, just before the release of Stadium
Arcadium, the bands catalogue was released on iTunes and other online mp3
stores. With this came the release of tracks like “Bob”, “Quixotic Elixir” and
“Bicycle Song”; tracks we weren't expecting or that were only barely alluded to
prior their surprise release one day. If the items below excite you, imagine
what else the band have up their sleeves...
- “Deep Kick” – the One
Hot Minute documentary:
This film was recorded in 1994 and 1995, though
edited in 1997, and apparently shows
the band recording One Hot Minute, ala Funky Monks and the bands experiences at
the Laurel Canyon mansion in 1991. However, there’s a slight twist in that it
apparently featured smaller short films inter-cut – one for each band member – and almost everything we've seen so far has been
non-musical. The videos for Chad and Dave have appeared elsewhere, there are some clips shown here and here, and
Anthony mentions it in Scar Tissue. It would seem that the in-studio video for My Friends
was edited down from parts of the documentary, though its hard to tell which bits are real footage and which bits have been re-recorded for the video. It is said to feature footage from the 1994 Woodstock show, the bands rehearsal sessions in Hawaii, and the recording of the album itself, most notably a scene involving Anthony's vocals for 'Transcending', and percussion overdubs for 'The Junkie Song', featuring Stephen Perkins.
- Rehearsal tapes:
DAT and cassette tapes of the bands rehearsal time; whether they be jams for new songs, rehearsals for tours, etc., stemming from the 90s up until 2007, are known to circulate among collectors.
- "Circle of the Noose":
This song was written and recorded in 1997, and to date, appears to be the only song from the sessions for the second album with Dave to be in a semi-finished form. A rough mix has circulated amongst a small amount of collectors.
- “Funky Monks” extended cut:
Supposedly, a 3 hour cut of the documentary exists and has been floating around
collector’s circles. It may feature the missing BSSM song featured in the VH1
documentary about the album. Some unseen footage can be seen here and here. Supposedly a Norwegian TV channel broadcast some outtakes back in 1992. There is a good chance that it's not a 3-hour cut but merely 3-hours worth of footage tacked together. Very recently a version of the film with 19 semi-new minutes of footage was uploaded to Youtube.
- Greatest Hits sessions:
See here. Instrumental rough mixes appear to be circulating. This is the largest batch of possibly new recordings that exists.
- Missing BSSM song:
In 2002 a vh1 documentary
about Blood Sugar Sex Magik aired, and with it came some new footage of the
band recording the album. Overlaid on this footage is what appears to the band, with Rick, listening to an unknown track. This also might be viewable on the
extended cut of Funky Monks. You can hear it here.
- Higher fidelity version of the Blood Sugar Sex Magik
This currently only exists as a 128kbps mp3 rip from a poor sounding tape.
Do you have a better copy, or at least some info on
what this is? Please get in touch.
- The missing song from the Stadium Arcadium sessions.
Almost every news article in the lead up to the album noted that 38 songs were recorded. To date, 37 have been released. It may not have been finished, though the band seemed adamant that it was a completely written song.
MTV 120 Minutes 1988 show:
Blackbyrd McKnight only played (an estimated) four shows with the band. It appears that the only show recorded was in LA in September 1988 for MTV's program 120 Minutes. This is incredibly rare and apparently unsurfaced.
This appears to be an unheard track from the Californication sessions. More
info here. It is possible, however, that it ended up being "Over Funk" or "Quixotic Elixir".
- The 1998 Teatro Demos:
In 1998 the band recorded some demo's at a studio owned by Daniel Lanois in
California. To date, we’ve heard “Parallel Universe” and a single jam. What
else did they record? Most likely the other songs from the album they were
playing at the time, like “Scar Tissue”, “Emit Remmus” and “Bunker Hill”, but
there could be a few entirely unheard songs that were scrapped before sessions
for the album started.
The infamous “Blender”. A song from the “One Hot Minute”
sessions that was, until the last minute, supposed to be on the album. For
years, it was assumed that the song was merely the un-separated “One Big
Mob/Stretch” but that’s not the case, according to this article.