John Frusciante
Niandra LaDes And Usually Just A T-Shirt
Superior Viaduct
2022 Repress, Gatefold jacket incl. printed inner sleeves
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1Niandra LaDes - As Can Be 2:57
2Niandra LaDes - My Smile Is a Rifle 3:49
3Niandra LaDes - Head (Beach Arab)2:05
4Niandra LaDes - Big Takeover 3:19
5Niandra LaDes - Curtains 2:30
6Niandra LaDes - Running Away into You 2:13
7Niandra LaDes - Mascara 3:41
8Niandra LaDes - Been Insane 1:41
9Niandra LaDes - Skin Blues 1:46
10Niandra LaDes - Your Pussy's Glue to a Building on Fire 3:17
11Niandra LaDes - Blood on My Neck from Success 3:09
12Niandra LaDes - Ten to Butter Blood Voodoo 1:00
13Usually Just a T-Shirt- Untitled #1 0:35
14Usually Just a T-Shirt- Untitled #2 4:22
15Usually Just a T-Shirt- Untitled #3 1:49
16Usually Just a T-Shirt- Untitled #4 1:40
17Usually Just a T-Shirt- Untitled #5 1:30
18Usually Just a T-Shirt- Untitled #6 1:28
19Usually Just a T-Shirt- Untitled #7 1:38
20Usually Just a T-Shirt- Untitled #8 8:00
21Usually Just a T-Shirt- Untitled #9 7:06
22Usually Just a T-Shirt- Untitled #10 0:25
23Usually Just a T-Shirt- Untitled #11 1:52
24Usually Just a T-Shirt- Untitled #12 5:27
25Usually Just a T-Shirt- Untitled #13 1:51

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 rapidfire, 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 Vini Reilly.

On the front cover, Frusciante appears in 1920s drag – a nod to Marcel Duchamp's alter-ego Rrose Sélavy – which comes from Toni Oswald's film Desert in the Shape.

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 sleeves.