A solo debut album by John Frusciante. This album was recorded between two time periods; the first half, Niandra Lades, was recorded before Frusciante left the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1992; during the recording of Blood Sugar Sex Magik. The second half, Usually Just a T-Shirt, was recorded while the band was on tour in the months leading up to Frusciante's departure.
Miguel is 40 years old and has his great share of the usual problems. His body is starting to give signs of rebellion against a life that is full of unrestraints, he is separated from his wife and he got himself involved with another woman that gives him nothing but troubles, he has no time for his son, he is having lots of problems in his job and his bank account is down to zero. In short, his whole life is falling apart. However, a last blow of energy makes him decide to make a change. Deep inside, he thinks, all he wants is to lead a normal life. Unfortunately for him a normal life is the most difficult thing in the world.