Lawrence Azerrad About Californication Album Art

Lawrence Azerrad, the designer of the Californication album art, shared a post on instagram regarding the project:

Twenty years ago, I had the pleasure of designing the album art for Californication with @chilipeppers. It feels like yesterday. Collaborating with Anthony Kiedis, Flea, and John Frusciante on this was definitely special, inspiring, exciting. Sonia Koskoff took the photo of that pool, which belonged to the parents of my childhood pals. 15 million+ copies and two decades later, it’s still fulfilling to see the album and the artwork out there. Thank you RHCP, and their fans.

Californication 20th Anniversary Double Picture Disc LP

On June 8, 1999 the Red Hot Chili Peppers released their album seventh studio album, Californication. This was the first album of the band since the return of John Frusciante. And what a fantastic album it is!

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Californication. To celebrate this occassion, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are releasing a 20th Anniversary Double Picture Disc LP of the album. It will be released in September (13 or 27 – the band communicated two dates) but it is for pre-order right now! Reserve your copy here!


Some fun facts about Californication:

  • Californication is the band’s most successful album until this day.
  • They have sold over 15 million copies worldwide.
  • John Frusciante was credited with changing the band’s sound.
  • The band won a GRAMMY for Scar Tissue.
  • Singles were Scar Tissue, Around The World, Otherside, Californication and Road Trippin.
  • Parallel Universe was released as a promotional single.

Bob Forrest shares Thelonious Monster show with John Frusciante.

Bob Forrest (Thelonious Monster, Bicyle Thief) recently shared a lot of audio files on One of the uploads stood out; a Thelonious Monster show from September 23, 1988 including John Frusciante on guitar. The show was held at the Cal State Fullerton Pub.

John was supposed to join Thelonious Monster but on October 5th, 1988 joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers instead.

Check out the show here.

For more on Bob Forrest, check out his website and Instagram.


The Empyrean – Third Round of Preorders!

John Frusciante’s 10 year anniversary reissue of ‘The Empyrean’ keeps selling out! The first round of preorders sold out rather quickly. I believe most of these orders have been shipped by now.

Then there was a second round of preorders, which were scheduled to be shipped ‘early April, as soon as they come in’. This second round sold out April 6th.

Did you still miss out? No worries! It is available for preorder again! Head over to the official Record Collection webshop and preorder your copy. These preorders are expected to ship late April.

If your preorder with Record Collection has not shipped yet, please be patient.

They will email you a shipping confirmation with track and trace. From what I know, Record Collection is a small, independent label so please give them time to fulfill all the orders.

If you ordered elsewhere, please inform with that shop about when they expect to ship.

TIP: A lot of preorders from other shops have been cancelled. If you have any doubts about your preorder elsewhere, preorder with Record Collection directly and cancel your preorder with the other shop.