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Smile from the Streets You Hold

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Released  August 26th 1997
Length  61:23
Release date  26 August 1997
Label  Birdman Records
Recorded  1988–1996
Artist  John Frusciante
Producer  John Frusciante
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Genres  Experimental rock, Lo-fi music, Psychedelic rock, Avant-garde music
Similar  John Frusciante albums, Experimental rock albums

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Smile from the Streets You Hold is the second solo album by John Frusciante. The record was released during a time when Frusciante was not performing with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was released on August 26, 1997 on Birdman Records, while Frusciante was still addicted to drugs. The record is an amalgamation of songs from various periods of time, mainly extras not included on Frusciante's debut Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt (1994); included, however, are several tracks recorded around 1996 and "A Fall Thru the Ground" from 1988.

Contents

John frusciante smile from the streets you hold


Recording

Many songs from Smile from the Streets You Hold were recorded when Frusciante was still with the Chili Peppers and are from the same period as his previous solo album, Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt.

In a 1997 interview with Guitar Player, Frusciante claimed to have maintained active communication with the spirit world during the album's recording phase:

The title song was a very intense moment, because I was having verbal communication with the spirits while I was recording; and I started crying at the end of it. The spirits give you ideas for things, and what's important to them is what's important to me. I'm much more concerned with my fame in their world than with my fame in this one. That's why it's been difficult for me to adjust to being alive at all.

Actor River Phoenix, a good friend of Frusciante and the rest of the Chili Peppers, is featured on two tracks, "Height Down" (originally titled "Soul Removal"), and "Well I've Been" (originally titled "Bought Her Soul"). Both songs were supposed to be released on Niandra LaDes and Usually Just a T-Shirt, but were pulled by request of Phoenix's family after Phoenix's death.

"More", "I Can't See Until I See Your Eyes", and "Estress" were recorded to a cassette on a boombox in 1996. Frusciante's poor health is apparent in his voice.

Release

Frusciante had Smile from the Streets You Hold and Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt removed from record stores in 1998 after rejoining the Red Hot Chili Peppers because he felt uncomfortable with them being available to the public. He is quoted as saying that he released Smile from the Streets You Hold for drug money. Niandra Lades was eventually re-issued and in the early 2000s, Frusciante stated he will one day re-release Smile from the Streets You Hold, although this has yet to happen as of 2016.

There is also a second print of Smile from the Streets You Hold available. The songs on the second print are much lower in sound quality and have frequent hiss and hum, most notable in "Nigger Song" which obscures the recording somewhat. It is believed that the original release had had the recordings professionally cleaned up, but the second release used Frusciante's untampered tapes by mistake.

The title song "Smile from the Streets You Hold", is split in two separate tracks. Frusciante once said the song was about a friend, Actor River Phoenix brother of Hollywood actor Joaquín Phoenix who collapsed and died of drug-induced heart failure on the sidewalk outside the West Hollywood nightclub The Viper Room, at the age of 23. Frusciante states that the first half was written and recorded before his death and the second half of the song afterward.

The second print also includes an extended version of "Life's a Bath". Another notable difference between the 17-track version and the 18-track version is that on the former, John can be heard taking a hit from a bong on "For Air".

Track listing

All songs written by John Frusciante.

  1. "Enter a Uh" – 8:06
  2. "The Other" – 1:36
  3. "Life's a Bath" – 1:18
  4. "A Fall Thru the Ground" – 2:24
  5. "Poppy Man" – 1:21
  6. "I May Again Know John" – 8:47
  7. "I'm Always" – 2:33
  8. "Nigger Song" – 4:15
  9. "Femininity" – 2:35
  10. "Breathe" – 6:21
  11. "More" – 2:07
  12. "For Air" – 3:55
  13. "Height Down" – 4:00
  14. "Well, I've Been" – 3:06
  15. "Smile from the Streets You Hold" – 5:09
  16. "I Can't See Until I See Your Eyes" – 1:30
  17. "Estress" – 2:17

18-track versions

All songs written by John Frusciante.

  1. "Enter a Uh" – 8:09
  2. "The Other" – 1:36
  3. "Life's a Bath" – 1:39
  4. "A Fall Thru the Ground" – 2:20
  5. "Poppy Man" – 1:16
  6. "I May Again Know John" – 8:48
  7. "I'm Always" – 2:33
  8. "Nigger Song" – 4:15
  9. "Femininity" – 2:34
  10. "Breathe" – 6:12
  11. "More" – 2:08
  12. "For Air" – 2:57
  13. "Height Down" – 3:52
  14. "Well, I've Been" – 3:07
  15. "Smile from the Streets You Hold, Part 1" – 4:09
  16. "Smile from the Streets You Hold, Part 2" – 0:56
  17. "I Can't See Until I See Your Eyes" – 1:30
  18. "Estress" – 2:20

Songs

1Enter a Uh8:06
2The Other1:34
3Life's a Bath1:18

References

Smile from the Streets You Hold Wikipedia


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