As if you needed another reason to love the late David Bowie...

It's been revealed that the Red Hot Chili Peppers repeatedly asked to work with Bowie over the years, and he repeatedly turned them down. 

Of course, that's not saying a whole lot, considering every band on earth would probably ask to work with him - but frontman Anthony Kiedis went into specifics on the Joney's Jukebox radio show, revealing that they wanted him to produce their albums 'By the Way' and 'Stadium Arcadium'.

He said: "Every record we ever made, we had the band discussion. 'Who should we get to produce this record?', 'I don’t know, we have to try someone new!' 'Let’s get David Bowie!' 'Okay, let’s call him.'"

"So in the beginning we would call him, and he would say 'no', respectfully. 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. For two minutes I was heartbroken, and then I would hear [drummer] Chad Smith play drums, and I’d be like, 'We’re good, we could do something else.'"

He added that Brian Eno had also turned down the band - eight times. "We asked [Bowie] to produce 'By the Way'... and then we asked him again for our next record, which was 'Stadium Arcadium'," he recalled. "He said no to us two or three times, but his mate Eno, who we’ve also been asking our entire career to produce a record for us, has said no eight times."