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Nothing's Shocking

Jane's Addiction

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Album Review

Although Jane's Addiction's 1987 self-titled debut was an intriguing release (few alternative bands at the time had the courage to mix modern rock, prog rock, and heavy metal together), it paled in comparison to their now classic major-label release one year later, Nothing's Shocking. Produced by Dave Jerden and Jane's Addiction vocalist Perry Farrell, the album was more focused and packed more of a sonic wallop than its predecessor; the fiery performances often create an amazing sense that it could all fall apart at any second, creating a fantastic musical tension. Such tracks as "Up the Beach," "Ocean Size," and one of alt-rock's greatest anthems, "Mountain Song," contain the spaciousness created by the band's two biggest influences, Led Zeppelin and the Cure. Elsewhere, "Ted, Just Admit It..." (about serial killer Ted Bundy) and the haunting yet gorgeous "Summertime Rolls" stretched to epic proportions, making great use of changing moods and dynamics (something most alt-rock bands of the time were oblivious to). An incredibly consistent and challenging album, other highlights included the rockers "Had a Dad" and "Pigs in Zen," the horn-driven "Idiots Rule," the jazz instrumental "Thank You Boys," and the up-tempo "Standing in the Shower...Thinking." Like most great bands, it was not a single member whose contribution was greater: Perry Farrell's unique voice and lyrics, Dave Navarro's guitar riffs and wailing leads, Eric Avery's sturdy basslines, and one of rock's greatest and most powerful drummers, Stephen Perkins. Nothing's Shocking is a must-have for lovers of cutting-edge, influential, and timeless hard rock.

Customer Reviews

Electric Gods

This is my Favorite album of all...

You can't beat this album

In my opinion, this is one of the best rock albums of the 80's. While all that stupid crotch metal was going on, Jane's Addiction were re-writing the alternative rock playbook and making smart music. Perry Farrell's eccentric, yet catchy voice, Dave Navarro's metal/psychedelic guitar, Eric Avery's grooving baselines, and Stephen Perkins' powerful drumming created a masterpiece in rock that could only be matched by their own follow-up (Ritual de lo Habitual, which I also recommend). This album is filled with amazing riffs (my favorites being Ted Just Admit It and Mountain Song) and just pure chaos. If you are a fan of hard rock, this album is essential to your listening. People say Nirvana opened the door for alternative rock- WRONG. Jane's opened it, Nirvana just knocked it down.

Classic

I must have listened to this a million times. It never gets old. My favorite track is Jane Says. Jane's addiction was truly ahead of there time.

Biography

Formed: 1984 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Jane's Addiction were one of the most hotly pursued rock bands when they gained notice in Los Angeles in the mid-'80s, with record companies at their feet. Flamboyant frontman Perry Farrell, formerly of the band Psi Com, had an undeniable charisma and an interest in provocative art (he designed the band's album covers), and Jane's Addiction played a hybrid of rock music: metal with strains of punk, folk, and jazz. The quartet, comprised of Farrell, bassist Eric Avery, drummer Stephen Perkins, and...
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