Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking (1988)
For my next destination, as chosen by you, the good people of the blogosphere, I’m heading back to 1988.
I’ve already completed the requisite 1988 Top 5, so this week I’m happy to just travel straight there, none of that pesky further adieu!
Fellow blogger J. recently dubbed this album an “All-timer.”
In his enjoyable Nothing’s Shocking review, J. shared his personal journey with Jane’s Addiction. So naturally, as a frequent borrower of good ideas, I’ll do the same.
My early memories of Jane’s Addiction? Surprisingly, they arrive courtesy of the movie The River Wild.
I remember very little else from the film but I have a vivid memory of this band name-drop:
For a couple of decades, I’ve been well aware of the Jane’s Addiction legacy but considerably less knowledgeable about their music beyond the big singles.
I was certainly keen to explore Nothing’s Shocking but the classic status of this album did make me a bit apprehensive.
Apprehensive in that I don’t want to approach ‘classic’ albums like the Mark Twain quote about ‘classic’ books, “something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.”
This isn’t a checklist album; I wanted to enjoy Nothing’s Shocking.
For those expecting a River Wild-esque plot twist, sorry to disappoint: it’s a classic that I want to keep reading.
I am a bit surprised however because I used to think Perry Farrell’s voice was a deterrent. I thought it would get more obnoxious over a full album but now I’m struggling to see an alternate vocalist that would be nearly as effective.
I wouldn’t say the deterrent that once repelled has become that magnet that draws me back but it’s not terribly far from the truth.
The band is a big selling point, really nice chemistry among the guitar/bass/drums. The steel drum in Jane Says will no doubt resurface on a ‘Top 5 steel drum feature’ list someday.
Bonus trivia question: this actor, who played Needles in Back to the Future II, also plays the trumpet on this album.*
One day this may be an all-timer for me, my thanks to J. for recommending Jane’s Addiction so highly.
If you read his blog, you’ll know he’s good at finding deals. I find with J, you’re dealing with a man of wealth (due to his inexpensive purchases) and taste** (due to the caliber of records he recommends).
*That would be Flea.
**In no way am I suggesting a fellow blogger is a devil deserving of sympathy, I’ve just always liked that Stones lyric! Speaking of all-timers…