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Josh Klinghoffer Covers Big Thief’s “Not” from Quarantine: Watch

on April 23, 2020, 3:29pm

Josh Klinghoffer has returned with a new cover of Big Thief single “Not”. It’s his first bit of new music since being let go from the Red Hot Chili Peppers last December in the wake of John Frusciante’s return.

Klinghoffer’s acoustic rendition was filmed while in self-isolation. According to a lengthy statement from the rocker, he got instantly “hooked” onto Big Thief after watching their October performance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

“I can’t recall if I said ‘whoa’ or ‘wow’ or both, but it was a very pleasant smack in the face,” Klinghoffer recalled in a lengthy statement. “A few days later he [a friend] and I went to a show and on the way, he played me more of their music. Hooked.”


Added Klinghoffer, “I realized I hadn’t felt this much love for a new band in twenty years. That was both sad and disturbing. I’m not sure who it says what about, but regardless, I was head-over-heals [sic] in love with Big Thief.” Watch the homemade video below, followed by his full statement on the cover.

Back in January, Klinghoffer spoke about his firing from RHCP, a decision he described as “pretty simple” and without “animosity.” “It’s absolutely John’s [Frusciante] place to be in that band. So that’s why I’m happy for him, I’m happy that he’s back with them,” he said. Prior to his departure from the Peppers, Klinghoffer released his debut solo album under his Pluralone moniker.

“Not” is off Big Thief’s stellar Two Hands album from 2019.

“Last year, one of my best friends played me a band he saw on the Late Night with Stephen Colbert. I can’t recall if I said “whoa” or “wow” or both, but it was a very pleasant smack in the face. A few days later he and I went to a show and on the way, he played me more of their music. Hooked. I realized I hadn’t felt this much love for a new band in twenty years. That was both sad and disturbing. I’m not sure who it says what about, but regardless, I was head-over-heals in love with Big Thief. We got to see them in Santa Ana a month or so later and it’s been really fun to feel so excited by a newer band. I’ve listened to this song about 7,319 times and still replace an “a” for a “the,” and a “bed” for a “breath,” but nevertheless, I love this song. I love all their songs, but this was the first one I ever heard and I played a lot, and though I’m a whole step lower than they are normally, I feel like I shouldn’t post this because it’s almost like I’m doing an impression. I’m not, it’s just really comfortable for me to sing. Again, I love this song (I heard Obama likes it too), I love this band, and I love my friend for showing them to me, among many other things and reasons.”