RIYL: heroin-fused experimental folk music

Label: Superior Viaduct

It’s impossible to be a fan of The Red Hot Chili Peppers and not love John Frusciante.  No matter what you feel about the band nowadays, his mere inclusion in the group catapulted them to stratospheric levels of cool.  The myths, the legends…The ‘Frusciante Era’ is undeniably their best.  And then, out of left field, came the solo albums.

Listening to Frusciante’s first solo record Niandra LaDes And Usually Just A T-Shirt for the first time is jarring.  Had you never heard anything from the man until then, expecting funky riffs from the Blood Sugar Sex Magik era, you were in for a surprise.  Despite his decrepit physical state during this brutal period in his life, Frusciante has repeatedly claimed that he wasn’t on heroin during the recording process.  Still, the sounds that came out of his guitar and vocal chords existed in a place that few songwriters have ever dared to tread.  As far out as Syd Barrett’s The Madcap Laughs and as unpredictable as Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica, nothing sounds like Niandra.  You either love this beyond words or you hate it with every fiber of your being.

Incredibly, there has never been a vinyl issue for this since its release in 1994.  Less than an hour ago, Superior Viaduct Records finally gave the die-hards what they’ve wanted for over 2 decades.  At only 1000 copies, the deluxe version will NOT last long.  It comes with an additional 7″ and black & white photo of Johnny boy.  If you even kinda want this, don’t wait long to decide.


The Details

Mail-order exclusive, deluxe edition includes 2xLP on translucent red vinyl, bonus 7-inch of two extra tracks from the original cassette release and a black-and-white photograph of the artist. Strictly limited to 1,000 copies.
Also available on black vinyl, which does not come with 7-inch and photo.
Release Date: October 20th, 2017

Price $39

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