David Bowie declined to work with Red Hot Chili Peppers multiple times

In an interview on Steve Jones’ radio show “Jonesy’s Jukebox” on Tuesday, Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis revealed that the band requested to work with both David Bowie and Brian Eno several times throughout their career, and each time they were refused.

“In the beginning we would call [Bowie], and he would say no, respectfully,” Kiedis admitted. “Then, later, we would write long emails explaining everything, and why it was time for us to really get our ships on — and he always respectfully declined.” Of course he did. He was very polite and had impeccable taste.

However the rest of Kiedis’ story shows a tremendous lack of self-awareness:

We asked him to produce “By the Way,” as we were writing “By the Way,” and then we asked him again for our next record, which was “Stadium” [“Arcadium”]. He said no to us like, two or three times, but his mate [Brian] Eno, who we’ve also been asking our entire career to please produce a record for us, has said no eight times. All good. You gotta ask. And by the way, “no” is a reasonable answer. It’s one of a couple of answers you could get, and it’s acceptable.

At a certain point you would think they would realize neither of these guys had any interest in working with RHCP. How much rejection can someone take? At least Chris Martin gave up after being shot down once. And he didn’t even have a magical Will Ferrel lookalike as a drummer to lift his spirits! That’s actually Kiedis’ explanation for how he was able to quickly get over being rejected by Bowie. “For two minutes I was heartbroken, and then I would hear Chad Smith play drums, and I’d be like, ‘We’re good, we can go do something else.’”

As I said in my previous Bowie post, we’ve reached a point where literally any contact with Bowie is a story now (Dominic Monaghan once saw Bowie in a lobby!), but the Bowie-declines-to-work-with-not-good-band is easily the funniest and most satisfying human interest angle of all.

[Pitchfork | Photo: Getty]