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. Â No matter what you feel about the band nowadays, his mere inclusion in the group catapulted themÂ to stratospheric levels of cool. Â The myths, the legends…The ‘Frusciante Era’ is undeniably their best. Â And then, out of left field, came the solo albums.
Listening to Frusciante’s first solo recordÂ Niandra LaDes And Usually Just A T-ShirtÂ for the first time isÂ jarring. Â 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. Â 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. Â Still, the sounds that came out of his guitar and vocal chords existed in a place that few songwriters have ever dared to tread. Â As far out as Syd Barrett’s The Madcap LaughsÂ and as unpredictable as Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica, nothing sounds like Niandra. Â 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. Â Less than an hour ago,Â Superior Viaduct Records finally gave the die-hards what they’ve wanted for over 2 decades. Â At only 1000 copies, the deluxe version will NOT last long. Â It comes with an additional 7″ and black & white photo of Johnny boy. Â If you even kinda want this, don’t wait long to decide.
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
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive