Nothing's Shocking is the debut studio album by the American alternative rock band Jane's Addiction, released on August 23, 1988 through Warner Bros. Records. The album showcases Dave Navarro's heavy guitar riffs and the distinctive singing style of vocalist Perry Farrell. Nothing's Shocking was well received by critics upon release and is often cited as the band's best album. Despite this, it peaked at number 103 on the Billboard 200. The single "Jane Says" reached number six on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks in 1988. The album was ranked #309 on Rolling Stones' "500 Greatest Albums of All-Time."
It is certified by RIAA platinum and by BPI silver.
Warner Bros. gave Jane's Addiction a list of producers to choose from. The group chose Dave Jerden, whose work as engineer on the David Byrne and Brian Eno album My Life in the Bush of Ghosts frontman Perry Farrell appreciated. Jerden said he "jumped" at the chance to work with the group.Mullen, p. 165
During the recording sessions, Farrell stated he wanted fifty percent of the band's publishing royalties for writing the lyrics, as well as a portion of the remaining half for writing music. Bassist Eric Avery said he and the other band members, guitarist Dave Navarro and drummer Stephen Perkins, were stunned by Farrell's demands.Mullen, p. 166 Farrell refused to compromise. One day Jerden drove up to the studio to find Farrell, Navarro, and Perkins leaving; Farrell told him that the band had broken up and that there would be no record. Warner Bros. called an emergency meeting to resolve the situation. Farrell got the royalty percentage he sought, and the other band members received 12.5 percent each. Avery said the incident had a profound effect on the band, creating an internal fracture.Mullen, p. 168
Not long after the royalties dispute, Farrell and Avery (who had formed the band together) had a falling out. This was the result of Avery's newfound sobriety as well as an incident where Farrell believed that the bassist had drunkenly tried to pick up his girlfriend. Tensions existed in the band between all the members during recording except for Perkins, who got along with Navarro, Avery and Farrell.Mullen, p. 169–71
The songwriting process for Nothing's Shocking varied from song to song. Navarro noted, "Some came from Eric's bass lines, some from guitar, some came from Perry, some came from drum riffs, and some just came from free-form jams. There was really no formula." Eric Avery wrote several songs, including "Mountain Song", "Had a Dad", "Jane Says", and "Summertime Rolls" (the latter two of which he also created the guitar parts for). With his songs, Avery came up with conceptual ideas for lyrics that Perry Farrell would then create the actual lyrics for; for example, "Had a Dad" dealt with Avery discovering he had a different biological father.Mullen, p. 167
Packaging, release and reception
Perry Farrell created the cover image to Nothing's Shocking, which features a sculpture of a pair of nude female conjoined twins sitting on a sideways rocking chair with their heads on fire. Farrell said the image, like much of his artwork, came to him in a dream. Farrell hired Warner Bros. employees to create the cover sculpture; after learning how to create sculptures by watching them closely, he fired the Warner Bros. staff and created the artwork himself.Mullen, p. 177 Farrell hired someone to help create a full body casting of his girlfriend for use as the sculptures. Retailers objected to the album's cover. Nine out of the eleven leading record store chains refused to carry Nothing's Shocking, and the record had to be issued covered with brown paper.Mullen, p. 178
Nothing's Shocking was released in 1988. "Mountain Song" was released as a single; however, MTV refused to air the song's music video due to a scene containing nudity.Mullen, p. 179 Farrell then decided to release the music video commercially; twenty minutes of live footage was added to create the Soul Kiss home video.Mullen, p. 180 Due to lack of airplay on MTV and modern rock radio, the album only sold 200,000 to 250,000 copies in its first year of release.Mullen, p. 190
In 2006, Q magazine placed the album at #32 in its list of "40 Best Albums of the '80s".Q August 2006, Issue 241 Music critic Piero Scaruffi includes Nothing Shocking at number 5, just after Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction and before Napalm Death's From Enslavement to Obliteration, in his classification of the best metal albums of all times.
*Perry Farrell – vocals, piano
*Dave Navarro – electric & acoustic guitars
*Eric Avery – bass
*Stephen Perkins – drums, percussion
*Mike Shatz – steel drum and congas on "Jane Says"
*Angelo Moore – saxophone
*Flea – trumpet
*Christopher Dowd – trombone
*Dave Jerden – (producer)
*Ronnie S. Champagne
*Mullen, Brendan. Whores: An Oral Biography of Perry Farrell and Jane's Addiction. Da Capo, 2005. ISBN 0-306-81347-5
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Jane's Addiction is an American alternative rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. The band's original line-up featured Perry Farrell (vocals), Dave Navarro (guitar), Eric Avery (bass) and Stephen Perkins (drums). After breaking up in 1991, Jane's Addiction briefly reunited in 1997 and again in 2001; both times with Avery declining to participate. In 2008, the band's "classic" line-up, featuring Avery, reunited and embarked on a world tour. Avery subsequently left the band in early 2010 as the group began work on new material.
Jane's Addiction was one of the first bands to emerge from the early 1990s alternative rock movement to gain mainstream media attention and commercial success in the United States. Their initial farewell tour launched the first Lollapalooza festival, an alternative rock showcase. As a result, Jane's Addiction became icons of what Farrell dubbed the "Alternative Nation".di Perna, Alan. "Brave Noise--The History of Alternative Rock Guitar". Guitar World. December 1995. The band was ranked 35th on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" list.http
Formation and Jane's Addiction (1985–1987)
Jane's Addiction formed out of the remains of frontman Perry Farrell's previous band, Psi-com. In mid-1985, Farrell was searching for a new bass player for the faltering Psi-com when he was introduced to Eric Avery. Farrell and Avery bonded over a mutual appreciation for Joy Division and The Velvet Underground and began to practice together, even though Avery never did become a full-fledged member of Farrell's disintegrating group. Mullen, Brendan. Whores: An Oral Biography of Perry Farrell and Jane's Addiction. Cambridge: Da Capo, 2005. ISBN 0-306-81347-5, p. 48 The new band was dubbed "Jane's Addiction" in honor of Farrell's housemate, Jane Bainter, who was addicted to drugs. At the beginning, little known guitarist Matt Fanuka was rhythm guitar for four days, but was cut from the band because of intense methamphetamine usage. In its early incarnation, Jane's Addiction went through three guitarists and featured Matt Chaikin, formerly of Kommunity FK, on drums.Mullen, p. 54
After Chaikin failed to show up for several rehearsals, Farrell began seeking a new drummer. Avery's younger sister Rebecca suggested her boyfriend Stephen Perkins. Avery was uncertain because of their differing tastes in music, but eventually relented.Mullen, p. 75–76 After Perkins was hired, the drummer and Rebecca Avery promised to get their friend Dave Navarro into the group. Based on Perkins' recommendation, the band auditioned Navarro and subsequently hired him.Mullen, p. 77–78
Jane's Addiction became a sensation on the Los Angeles club scene, primarily headlining at Scream. The band soon gained interest from a variety of record labels. While the group had decided to sign with Warner Bros. Records, Jane's Addiction insisted on releasing its debut on independent record label Triple X Records first.Mullen, p. 113–15 The band's manager negotiated the largest advance up to that point, with Warner Bros. signing the band for between $250,000 to $300,000.Mullen, p. 118 In January 1987, the band recorded its debut record Jane's Addiction during a live performance at the Roxy Theatre at a cost of $4,000.Mullen, p. 119–21 Before the album was released, Jane's Addiction supported British band Love and Rockets on a two-month tour in late 1987.Mullen, p. 158
Nothing's Shocking (1987–1989)
In January 1988, Jane's Addiction went into the studio to record its first studio album, Nothing's Shocking. Warner Bros. gave Jane's Addiction a list of producers to choose from, but the group chose Dave Jerden.Mullen, p. 165
Nothing's Shocking was released in 1988. "Mountain Song" was released as a single; MTV refused to air the song's music video due to a scene containing full frontal nudity.Mullen, p. 179 Farrell then decided to release the music video commercially with added live footage to create the Soul Kiss home video.Mullen, p. 180 Due to lack of airplay on MTV and modern rock radio, the album only sold 200,000 to 250,000 copies in its first year of release.Mullen, p. 190
After the album's release, the band went on tour, opening for Iggy Pop and The Ramones. By the end of the tour, Jane's Addiction was headlining clubs and theaters.
Ritual de lo Habitual and first breakup (1989–1991)
Jane's Addiction was scheduled to begin recording its next album in mid-1989. Navarro later stated he had almost no recollection of working on the album due to his addiction to heroin.Mullen, p. 201–02 Ritual de lo Habitual was released in 1990. To support the album, the band embarked on a 13-month tour. Farrell recalled, "That thirteen-month tour behind Ritual was half the reason we wound up unable to stand one another. The other half is that I am an intolerable narcissist who can't get along with anyone."Mullen, p. 218
Part of the tour included headlining the first Lollapalooza festival, which travelled across North America in mid-1991. The festival, created by Perry Farrell and Marc Geiger, was to become a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction, but at the same time it was a music festival with bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Butthole Surfers, Fishbone, The Rollins Band, The Violent Femmes, Body Count, and Ice Cube. During this time Jane's Addiction began to get more exposure than they had ever before. "Been Caught Stealing" and "Stop!" became smash hit singles and received solid amounts of air time on MTV. During the very first Lollapalooza show, Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro got into a fight onstage after the two had begun violently bumping each other mid-song. The band walked off stage, but came back to play an encore. But the fight continued and Navarro eventually threw his guitar into the crowd. The band continued the tour, however, and played about 25 more Lollapalooza shows.
In late 1991, Avery told Navarro that he planned on leaving the band. Navarro quickly agreed to do the same thing. The two told their management, who in turn tried to convince them to play in Japan, but Avery and Navarro only wanted to play as much was contractually obligated. Jane's Addiction played its last shows in Australia and Hawaii before disbanding.Mullen, p. 239–40 According to Spin Magazine (1991 Vol. 7 Num. 3), for most of the "Ritual" tour, Avery and Navarro, aside from the concerts, tended to do their own thing and abstain from the regular partying that Farrell and Perkins were involved in. To not be tempted, after most shows, Avery and Navarro (and his wife at the time, Tanya) would immediately retire to the hotel. Even on the tour bus, if Avery and Navarro ever needed "to retreat", they were given the back of the tour bus at any time, no questions asked. Quoted from the article: "...they have simply learned that they cannot use drugs of any kind anymore without becoming slaves to them, and that slavery is death". This dichotomy was listed as one of the major determining factors involving the break-up of the band; regardless of the success, Avery and Navarro's need to abstain and their wanting to live their lives free from addiction and the slavery that comes with it had to be their top priority in life and they couldn't do that while being a part of J.A..
Solo projects and 1997 reunion (1992–2001)
The band members pursued other projects in the 1990s. Farrell and Perkins formed another band, Porno for Pyros, and had some success with their two albums, Porno For Pyros (1993) and Good God's Urge (1996); meanwhile, Avery and Navarro formed Deconstruction and put out a self-titled one-off album in 1994. Dave Navarro joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1993 and in the same year Stephen Perkins started a band named Banyan, with core members Nels Cline, Mike Watt, and Willie Waldman (with revolving studio guests). Banyan have released three albums as of 2008, their self titled-debut, Any Time at All and Live At Perkins Place.
Dave Navarro and the Red Hot Chili Peppers's Flea joined Porno for Pyros to record "Hard Charger" in 1997 for Howard Stern's movie, Private Parts soundtrack which led to a brief Jane's Addiction Relapse tour with Flea replacing Avery as bassist, after he declined an invitation to rejoin the band. They produced a compilation album, entitled Kettle Whistle. This album featured two new songs with Flea contributing the bass parts. In 2010, Perkins stated that "Flea, to me, was a great match in '97. As a drummer, he was very exciting for me to work with." Despite the successful tour, from the photos taken of the band at this point and their appearance on Saturday Night Live (Ep. 431, Nov. 8, 1997), Farrell's addiction to drugs had been taken to a whole new level. Appearing on stage without a shirt, Farrell looked frighteningly emaciated with his arms the thickness of no more than a broomstick with the overall look of someone in the advanced stages of starvation. Years later, he would conquer his addictions and recreate a much healthier life, but, at that point, it appeared his addiction had gotten the better of him and his health.
The 2001 Jubilee Tour featured all the old Jane's Addiction songs, while showcasing the recent solo release from Navarro, Trust No One. Fans were told to expect a "Sexual Psycho Circus, I am not sure if you will want to quote me on that, but fans will see half-naked, penny rafters, guitar solos, and tribal drums..." This was exactly what the fans got. During renditions of Classic Girl, illuminated, scantily clad stage dancers filled the arenas. For the tour, again Avery declined any involvement. With Flea busy with the Chili Peppers, Porno for Pyros bassist Martyn LeNoble was brought in to fill the gap. Following the success of this tour, the band decided to record a follow-up album to 1990's Ritual De Lo Habitual and tapped Chris Chaney to replace LeNoble on bass. They entered the studio with legendary producer Bob Ezrin in 2001, recording as a band for the first time in over 10 years. The result was the group's final album, Strays. Some of the songs (or parts of songs) dated far back in the band's history, while others were brand new. Criticism was generally favorable,
with Rolling Stone reporting that "The band sounds familiar" and "beefier" though without the "glint of madness" of the original line-up.
The first single, "Just Because", was the biggest single for the band to date, landing at number 72 on the Billboard 100 charts, though the sixth song on the record, "Superhero", garnered much more exposure as the featured theme song of HBO's hit series Entourage.
The band spent 2003 on an extensive worldwide tour in support of Strays, including, in a homecoming of sorts, a summer headliner slot in a reincarnated Lollapalooza U.S. tour. Jane's Addiction once again broke up towards the end of their 2003 touring and canceled several dates. Although exact details surrounding the band's demise are sparse, Navarro claimed on his website, in June 2004, that the reasons for the breakup were essentially the same as they were in 1991.
Second breakup (2004–2008)
During their second major split, the band were involved in a number of other projects. Navarro, Perkins, and Chaney formed a new band, The Panic Channel, with singer Steve Isaacs, who together released one album, titled (ONe), in 2006. Perry Farrell, together with his wife Etty Lau Farrell and former Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, formed The Satellite Party. The band signed with Columbia Records and released their debut album, Ultra Payloaded in 2007. Eric Avery signed with Dangerbird Records for the release of his solo album Help Wanted in 2008.
A Greatest Hits album titled Up From the Catacombs - The Best of Jane's Addiction was released on September 19, 2006.
Reunion with Eric Avery and NIN/JA Tour (2008–2010)
Jane's Addiction performed at the first-ever NME Awards USA on April 23, 2008, with the reunited core line-up of Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Eric Avery, and Stephen Perkins. This was the first performance with bassist Eric Avery since 1991, taking place after their acceptance speech for the "Godlike Genius Award". To follow this up, the original line up performed their first full set in 17 years in Los Angeles on October 23, 2008 at La Cita Bar, and played two further club gigs at the El Cid in Los Angeles on November 20. and the Echoplex on February 16, 2009. On April 11, 2009 they had a birthday bash for Perry that included members of Jane's Addiction and Porno for Pyros on the same stage, the bash was nicknamed Perrypalooza .
Around this time, photos of Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Eric Avery, and Stephen Perkins, taken by Trent Reznor, appeared on Nine Inch Nails' official web site, leading to speculation that Reznor could be helping Jane's Addiction record new material.http Reznor subsequently posted a blog entry announcing that Jane's Addiction would accompany Nine Inch Nails on their summer 2009 tour, which kicked off on May 8 in West Palm Beach, Florida.http
To accompany the tour, newly recorded versions of "Chip Away" and "Whores" have been released for free via the official tour website.http Regarding the tracks, Perry Farrell states that: "just to get some creative juice flowing, we went into the studio for about two weeks. We had the idea to re-record two tunes, just because they'd never been done officially in the studio. And we had some fun writing some new things. A handful that are close to finished, but not quite done. But there's no rush to put anything out at this point." Discussing the tracks on his blog, guitarist Dave Navarro stated, "The thinking being that we wanted to give our longtime listeners something to celebrate the tour and "Whores" has always been one of the tracks that defined Jane's early on."http
A box-set, entitled A Cabinet of Curiosities, was also released to accompany the NIN/JA tour in April 2009.
While Jane's Addiction were booked to play the Splendour in the Grass festival in Australia, medical problems have prevented the band making the trip down under. Music Feeds reports that an arm infection, probably that of drummer Stephen Perkins, is the cause of the cancellation. The entire Australian tour has been cancelled, though Jane's Addiction state that they will return to Australia as soon as possible.http
Jane's Addiction performed at the 2009 Voodoo Fest held at City Park in New Orleans, Louisiana over Halloween weekend.
Jane's Addiction returned to Australia in February 2010 for the Soundwave Festival.http Eric Avery subsequently left the band following the completion of the festival, stating: "That's it. With equal parts regret and relief, the Jane's Addiction experiment is at an end."http
Future & new album (2010-present)
Following Avery's departure and the completion of the Soundwave Festival, vocalist Perry Farrell stated:
The band began working with Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan on new material. with a picture of the group working together posted on Navarro's twitter page. It was later confirmed by Dave Navarro on his Dark Matter radio programme that McKagan had indeed joined Jane's Addiction on a permanent basis.
On joining Jane's Addiction, McKagan stated:
The new lineup of Jane's Addiction made their debut, performing at singer Perry Farrell's 51st birthday celebration, at Les Deux in Los Angeles, California on March 30.
In April 2010, the group announced two European dates, scheduled for June, taking place at the GelreDome, in Arnhem, Netherlands, and an appearance at the Rock in Rio in Madrid, Spain. Preceding these shows in Europe was a one-off Cinco de Mayo concert that took place at the Bardot in Hollywood, California on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. During the show, they debuted a new song titled "Soulmate".
Duff McKagan subsequently departed from the band in September 2010, roughly six months after joining.
In October 2010, Eric Avery released a 16-part video interview on Xiola.org discussing his time spent within the reunited band.http After viewing, Navarro stated that there were some inaccuracies within the interview.http
On January 5, 2011, the band has announced that they have recruited TV on the Radio guitarist and producer Dave Sitek as a replacement to Duff McKagan who departed the band in September 2010. Sitek is set to record the bass for the band's upcoming fourth studio album, as well as co-produce it. The album is due for release in summer 2011. On January 14, 2011, while talking about the recording of the new album, drummer Stephen Perkins has mentioned that although Sitek is a "stabilizing force" for Jane's Addiction, he was not the band's full-time bassist as was previously reported, although he is still set to appear on the band's upcoming album.
* Perry Farrell – lead vocals (1985–1991, 1997, 2001–2004, 2008–present)
* Dave Navarro – lead & rhythm guitars, acoustic guitar, piano (1986–1991, 1997, 2001–2004, 2008–present)
* Stephen Perkins – drums, percussion (1986–1991, 1997, 2001–2004, 2008–present)
* Dave Sitek - bass (2010–present)
* Eric Avery – bass, acoustic guitar (1985–1991, 2008–2010)
* Duff McKagan – bass (March–September 2010)
* Chris Chaney – bass (2002–2004, one-off appearances in 2009 & 2010)
* Flea – bass (1997)
* Martyn LeNoble – bass (2001–2002)
* Chris Brinkman – guitar (1985–1986)
* Matt Chaikin – drums, percussion (1985–1986)
* Ed Dobrydnio – guitar (1986)
* Mark Pritchard – guitar (1986)
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*Nothing's Shocking (1988)
*Ritual de lo Habitual (1990)
*Mullen, Brendan. Whores: An Oral Biography of Perry Farrell and Jane's Addiction. Cambridge: Da Capo, 2005. ISBN 0-306-81347-5
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