I don't remember which writer said that every person has one good novel in them, but the same probably holds true for rock artists and good songs. Anthony Keidis wrote his one good song, "Under the Bridge," an album ago, and I wouldn't expect him to come out with another one like that soon. Of course, anyone who's listening to the Chili Peppers for sophisticated songcraft should have his head examined. People appreciate the Anthony and Flea show because it's fun and it rocks, and because there're plenty of other places you can go for sophisticated songcraft if and when you get the itch. The addition of former Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro's considerable prog-rock chops to the Chili Peppers' arsenal (check One Hot Minute on Warner Bros.) has only lessened the importance of quality songwriting for these guys. Just give them a groove and they'll do just fine . . . and don't forget, that's Flea and Navarro kicking it behind Alanis on "You Oughta Know."
-- Matt Ashare