John Frusciante Niandra Lades and Usually Just A T-Shirt 2LP
First Solo Album Remastered & Pressed On Double LP!
First Time Available On Vinyl!
Layers Of Disembodied Guitars, Reverse Tape Effects & Barrettonian Lyrics!
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Niandra LaDes And Usually Just A T-Shirt is the first solo record by John
Frusciante. Between 1990 and 1992 the guitarist made a series of 4-track
recordings, which at the time were not intended for commercial release. After
leaving the band Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1992, Frusciante was encouraged by
friends to release the material that he wrote in his spare time during the Blood
Sugar Sex Magik sessions.
Originally released on Rick Rubin's American Recordings label in 1994, Niandra
LaDes is a mystifying work of tortured beauty. Frusciante plays various acoustic
and electric guitars, experimenting with layers of vocals, piano and reverse
tape effects. Channeling the ghosts of Syd Barrett and Skip Spence, his lyrics
are at once utterly personal and willfully opaque.
Frusciante's rapid-fire, angular playing shows how key he was in the Chili
Peppers' evolution away from their funk-rock roots. His cover of "Big Takeover"
perfectly deconstructs the Bad Brains original with laid-back tempo,
twelve-string guitar and a fierce handle on melody.
The album's second part thirteen untitled tracks that Frusciante defines as
one complete piece, Usually Just A T-Shirt contains several instrumentals
featuring his signature guitar style. Sparse phrasing, delicate counterpoint and
ethereal textures recall Neu/Harmonia's Michael Rother or The Durutti Column's
On the front cover, Frusciante appears in 1920s drag a nod to Marcel Duchamp's
alter-ego Rrose Sιlavy which comes from Toni Oswald's film Desert in the
This first-time vinyl release has been carefully remastered and approved by the
artist. The double LP set is packaged with gatefold jacket and printed inner
First time on vinyl
Printed inner sleeves
1. As Can Be
2. My Smile Is A Rifle
3. Head (Beach Arab)
4. Big Takeover
6. Running Away Into You
8. Been Insane
9. Skin Blues
10. Your Pussy's Glued To A Building On Fire
11. Blood On My Neck From Success
12. Ten To Butter Blood Voodoo
13. Untitled #1
14. Untitled #2
15. Untitled #3
16. Untitled #4
17. Untitled #5
18. Untitled #6
19. Untitled #7
20. Untitled #8
21. Untitled #9
22. Untitled #10
23. Untitled #11
24. Untitled #12
25. Untitled #13