The Six Coolest Members of Otherwise Uncool Bands

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2. Tommy Stinson, bassist of Guns 'N Roses

Tommy Stinson was in The Replacements, and he replaced Duff McKagan in the new Guns 'N Roses. This is probably advanced. If I liked Guns 'N Roses in the Slash era, I would be offended. Since I didn't, and still don't, Stinson's addition to the band is just plain lame.

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1. John Frusciante, guitarist of Red Hot Chili Peppers

First off, yes, Flea is coming around. Joining Thom Yorke's Atoms For Peace is a big step in not being super lame. But he has a long way to go to redeem himself for the years of playing slap bass in a diaper. John Frusciante, however, is way too cool for Red Hot Chili Peppers. When he quit in the late 90s and the band hired Dave Navarro's pierced nipples as a replacement, he made a series of raw solo albums. Not raw the way a White Stripes record is raw, but raw the way listening to somebody die of heroin is raw. In all honesty, Frusciante rejoining RHCP may have literally saved his life, but realizing there is no guitar part great enough to mask the vocal trainwreck that is Anthony Keidis, he quit again in 2009. Perhaps he figured out that he's the coolest person in an uncool band. Thankfully, he was smart enough to do something about it.

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