“When we were doing our Greatest Hits record in 2003, Warner Brothers wanted a couple extra songs. So we went in to write a couple during the next break on the tour we were on at the time, and we recorded like sixteen songs. They weren’t all great, but twelve of them were probably good.
So we put the Greatest Hits album out and toured a little bit more, and then we were going to come back and write some more songs, and I was like, “Let’s just write another ten, take maybe seven out of that, add it to the others we’d previously done, and we’ll have a record.”
I remember John Frusciante was like, “Hmmm… that was like nine months ago; I’m not really doing the arpeggiated thing anymore. I’m playing differently, I’m listening to different stuff, so I’m going to write different music. So there’s an album that we did that I don’t know if anyone’s ever going to hear. But we’re pretty true to that idea of recording what we’re into at the time. And that’s what’s exciting to me- showing up at practice and wondering, What’s going on today? ”