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Up from the Catacombs: The Best of Jane's Addiction

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“Been Caught Stealing,” Jane’s Addiction’s biggest mainstream hit, introduced many to the California band’s countercultural philosophy: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, in this case via shoplifting. It’s hilarious, and not just because of the video, with its turkey-swiping crossdresser. As Up From the Catacombs demonstrates, JA’s blend of metal guitars (Dave Navarro), punk attitude, and the general embrace of a slightly blurry “alternative” wasn’t always so bright. Collecting tracks from four studio LPs and a revamped “Jane Says” from the Kettle Whistle grab bag, the set captures many of Perry Farrell’s lyrical brainstorms matched with what was at its best a very powerful sonic blend. “Had a Dad” bemoans life under an apparently empty sky, while “Ted, Just Admit It” is Farrell’s overblown statement on a violent society. (“Ted” is Bundy, the serial killer who was still awaiting execution when the song was recorded.) Catacombs draws largely on a pre-Nevermind moment, but finds the quartet’s ethos still exciting. Turn it up.

Customer Reviews

Forget the title, this isn't anything subdued!

For the lucky few, somewhere back in the post punk era when music was nothing more than bubble gum pop, 80's hair bands, and the age old classics that we've all heard countless times, there was the Los Angeles street scene, which brought center stage Janes Addiction. Before grunge, we had a band with electric haze of pyschedelic in your face, hint of blues, down in the dirt kick you in the nuts dare I call it music. It was something else, something larger. A front man worth every shot of adrenaline you could ever push out of a needle. Best of albums are usually lacking something, maybe because the songs are taken away from the context of which they delivered the original heart beat thumping ear ringing can't wait to get to my CD player to hear it again familuarity. Great CD well worth spending money on this. However buy Janes first album not avaliable on I Tunes. It was recorded live at the Roxy in Hollywood, and it will bring you back in time to how music is supposed to be heard, "LIVE". Janes rocked them all!

NIN/JA 2009 Tour

This album rocks on so many levels and I definitely am glad I ordered it. First selling point to me was the 15-song track list - it's incredible and I love having all the tracks on one album. I recently went to two of the NIN/JA shows here in Calfornia (Irvine, Santa Barbara) and they played every song on this album, so now I associate this album with those shows - amazing!

Blew me away

Great album by a great band


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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