Janes Addiction – Ritual De Lo Habitual

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señores y señoras
nosotros tenemos más influencia con sus hijos que tu tiene
pero los queremos…
creado y regado de Los Angeles
Juana’s Adicción!

And there it begins, the second full studio album from Los Angeles act Jane’s Addiction broke out into a riotous start after that spoken intro into the track ‘Stop!

Formed around the maverick Perry Farrell along with guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins and bassist Eric Avery, they took elements of rock, punk, glam metal (definitely in the threads) and alternative sounds and created a heady brew. Pop sing-along single ‘Been Caught Stealing‘ is one of the finest songs about shop-lifting ever written and featured an ingenious video of a master at their craft, stuffing pineapples into a  fake woman suit. That and a be-stockinged Farrell mooning and dancing in the supermarket aisles, it was a MTV smash. The albums centre piece was Three Days, a spiralling epic encapsulating dazzlingly rock outs with sombre ‘Cocteau Twins‘ style ambient passages.

Wrapped in a cover depicting Farrell, girlfriend and muse Casey Niccoli and the late Xiola Blue, it caused a bit of a stir, in part of some misplaced rabbit fur. Following up the similarly controversial cover for the 1988 album ‘Nothing’s Shocking‘ it ended up been replaced with plain packaging and a copy of the First Amendment advocating freedom of speech in some markets.

I don’t believe anything they did after this stands up as well as this record from 1990, it opened up a whole new wave of cross genre acts. Here it is in felt pen.

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