"Punk Rock Classic" as written by and John Anthony Frusciante Michael Peter Balzary....
I'm a radio Joe of the biz called show
I'm a rockin' popstar with a get up and go
Rubbin' elbows with the big wigs at my sold out shows
I've been on every cover even rolling stone

Put us on MTV
All we really need
Begging on our knees
Please, please, please, please, please

Conforming to the norm straight out of the mold
Compromising each and every ounce of soul
I'm a doin' anything for the records of gold
I only want what I can hold

Put us on MTV
All we really need
Begging on our knees
Please, please, please, please, please

We know that we'll never be better than
Mister slick superstar David Letterman
I promise we'll be perfect gentlemen
Just put us on the show you'll regret us then

Put us on MTV
All we really need
Begging on our knees
Please, please, please, please, please

Thank you very much be sure to label us
We wouldn't want to cause a ruckus or a fuss
AOR, CHR, top forty or bust

Put us on MTV
All we really need
Begging on our knees
Please, please, please, please, please

What I am is a picture on the TV screen
Don't make waves don't make a scene
What I say when I play isn't worth a bean
I'm a video Joe in an industry

Put us on MTV
All we really need
Begging on our knees
Please, please, please, please, please


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"Punk Rock Classic" as written by John Frusciante Michael Balzary

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    General CommentDude. Great song. "Because of who we are, the way we live and what we do, we could be having dinner with the queen of England and still maintain our punk-rock relevance. We could drive in limos and private jets all day long, and we'd still be more punk rock than bands that call themselves punk today" -Anthony Keidis. Siiiick.
    CynicalGrrlon September 05, 2002   Link
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    General CommentAnyone else dig any significance from John playing a tit bit of Slash's guitar part from Guns N' Roses version of "Sweet Child Of mine"?
    Joshua_Can_Funkon June 27, 2003   Link
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    General CommentAnyone else dig any significance from John playing a tit bit of Slash's guitar part from Guns N' Roses version of "Sweet Child Of mine"?
    Joshua_Can_Funkon June 27, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnyone else dig any significance from John playing a tit bit of Slash's guitar part from Guns N' Roses version of "Sweet Child Of mine"?
    Joshua_Can_Funkon June 27, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti think it's about them being sarcastic and they don't want to be on MTV
    ANTWANmyMANon July 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAre they making fun of popstars and wanabe 'punk stars'! Or are they acctually begging MTV to let them on!

    because their videos were aparently never played
    freakystyleyon November 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis was when the chili's were funk rock not the new shitty new wave MTV sell out band that they are now. Its funny that they are here singing about that they don't want the MTV life of fame and yet now they have turned into what they aimed never to be...

    i read somewhere that flea said about "stadium arcadium" that if u don't like this album then you don't like the RHCP.

    What has happened to music? Are all bands just saying "fuck it dude, let's go bowling..." and just knocking out albums one after another that are not a patch on their older material???

    Up until BSSM the chili's rocked now they just can't get it up.
    voiceofbalooon May 02, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationPunk rock has always been about satire, and this is a very satirical look at what bands have to do to get their music out there. At the time, the "cool" bands didn't care about whether or not MTV played them. When MTV first came out, ti was not part of the music establishment, but then gradually became part of it. Punk rock was the same way.

    The lyrics might be incomplete; right before the guitar solo, it sounds like Anthony shouts "GO JUANITO!"
    quampon May 20, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits short fast and great... what more can u ask for
    rhcpruleon July 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commentam i the only person who likes this song? come on make some comments here
    rhcpruleon July 08, 2002   Link

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