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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