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Jane’s Addiction – Ritual de lo Habitual (1990)

July 14, 2017


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[Album 545/1001]

“The Beatles wrote a bunch of hit songs. A bunch of hit songs were written by the Beatles”
– Grade 9 Math Textbook used at my school, p.308(ish)

Beatles + Math? What could be better!

I was quite pleased when I saw our textbook use the above quote to illustrate two different ways of sharing the same information.

Or, in the case of the textbook, two different ways of writing the equation of a line, in General form (y = mx + b) or Standard form (Ax + By + C = 0).

Most grade 9s prefer y = mx + b: you know what you’re dealing with (m is slope, b is y-intercept) and it’s more accessible.

Though less immediately appealing, in the long run, Ax + By + C = 0, eventually becomes much more relevant and is revisited much more frequently.


General form- y = mx + b (1)

General form- y = mx + b (2)


I was starting Grade 9 in September 1995.

On September 12th, 1995, the album One Hot Minute was released.

The question is/was:

Did the Red Hot Chili Peppers have a new guitarist, Dave Navarro?


Was Dave Navarro the new guitarist of the band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers?


In case the metaphor is unclear (and is there anything with more clarity than a math metaphor?):

General form- y = mx + b (4)


General form- y = mx + b


In grade 9, sign me up for the Chilis!

You knew what you were dealing with (m is the slap bass, b is the sung/rapped lyrics) and it was instantly appealing.

But 22 years later, now that I’m teaching them there grade 9s, I prefer Navarro’s other group, Jane’s Addiction.220px-Jane's_Addiction-Ritual_de_lo_Habitual

Albums like Ritual de lo Habitual may not be as immediate or accessible; but over time, this album has really grown on me, and I’m now seeing why people were so enamored with the group.

Much like Ax + By + C = 0, I have a feeling I’ll be coming back to Ritual de lo Habitual quite frequently.


Verbalize the Positive

Cheers to all the Señores y señoras that endured the math featured in this summer post!

From → 1990s

  1. 2 years ago I went to Big Music Fest here in KW.
    Soundgarden were the big headliners.
    Jane’s Addiction were on before them and even though I hate to say this now, they completely blew Soundgarden out of the water.
    They were really great live.
    If you get a chance to see them, I say go for it.

    • I’ve heard good things about their live show – I used to find the singer’s voice quite obnoxious, and I was worried that would only be exacerbated live.
      But over the years, I’ve started to really like his voice, so hopefully it’s somehow even better live!

      • I like unique voices. In fact, I listened to Nina Hagen last night.

        Tonight, no voices at all (Jean Michel Jarre)

      • I’ve started to feel that way too over the last few years – had to look up Nina Hagen, ‘Godmother of Punk’ sounds promising.
        And I’d say oui to Oxygene too!

      • Although early on she was in the London punk scene, I would classify her more New Wave with the occasional disco beat.

  2. Thanks for the elucidation. ‘Preciate that. But I have to warn you, introduce field theory and I’m outa here.*

    * Unless it is part of a post in very interesting UK band Field Music.**

    ** Or at a pinch, Aus crooner Billy Field.

  3. There’s no equation I could relate to Geoff. RHCP have been playing exactly the same song for years, Jane’s Addiction are in a completely different league.

    • There are TV shows like that too – I see it with the shows my kids like, I think the episodes are 70% identical, with slightly different plot points, but otherwise it’s pretty much line for line every time!
      Jane’s didn’t used to speak to me at all but I really enjoyed Nothing’s shocking & Ritual over the last couple years

      • So maybe they’re one of your biggest “discoveries” from this book, and you already knew them. I discovered The Flaming Lips “The Soft Bulletin”. I’d heard it years ago, but revisiting it was a revelation.

  4. All this maths and music proved to be more effective in waking me up than my morning caffeine, Geoff!

  5. Oh no math! 😉

  6. I have this in my collection, but I’m still in the “I don’t quite get it” stage. To be honest, I feel a bit meh about Janes Addiction in general.

    • I struggled to get past the voice for years – but now I find it quite appealing, not sure what changed!

  7. Math is awesome. So are Jane’s. I’m not a fan personally. But I recognize the talent.

  8. I loathe RHCP and loavve JA, so that’s how the equation stacks for me. I saw them play two of the best gigs I have ever seen touring this LP.

    • I can hardly imagine the energy Perry Farrell would have had back then.
      He was still a ball of energy when I saw him 2 years ago.
      Plus the 2 half (maybe 3/4) naked women on stage helped the show when I saw them

      • Both were in small venues and I was down the front and centre for both. We didn’t get any naked chicks but we did get Eric A, which was a fair swop.

        Primus supported too.

      • Eric A and Les Claypool.

        Has your chest recovered from the contusion yet?

    • And I love (or loavve rather!) that you invested the energy & overnight time in seeing this show!

  9. One of my absolute favourites, Geoff… easily one of the best bands that ever graced the Earth, in my opinion. Especially the original line-up.

    I was lucky enough to see the reformed Jane’s Addiction just before they released Strays. Incredible live. Absolutely blew everything away before and after them.

    As for One Hot Minute, I honestly believe that’s the RHCP’s finest moment. Largely because Navarro turned them into something else. It’s an anomaly in their discography and it says an awfy lot that they don’t revisit that stuff live very often (if at all). Their ‘one hot moment’, actually.

    • I never owned One Hot Minute – but your fine wordplay has convinced me to seek it out J!
      Has the Jane’s lineup changed a fair bit? Admittedly, I’m not terribly familiar with the drums/bass players, but the playing was excellent on Ritual (and Nothing’s Shocking for that matter).
      On my list to see live!

      • I honestly think One Hot Minute is their finest moment. A wee bit too long (like all RHCP albums), but I still enjoy most of it.

        As for Jane’s, there hasn’t been a great deal of change, though the change is arguably one that’s defined the shift in sound and dynamic. Eric Avery is such a key to their sound on those first couple of albums (especially the studio albums), but aside from a brief reunion in 2008, bass duties have been filled by a few others, though Chris Chaney has been pretty much a constant since 2001 (except a brief period between 2008 and 2011, which saw Eric returning, Duff McKagen join for a bit and Dave Sitek fill in on record. Prior to Chris, you had Flea and Martyn LeNoble rattling those strings).

  10. Not gonna lie, my eyes glazed over when I was reading and then it all became math equations… I think I still gleaned the point, though. And no matter, it’s Ritual. That album (and Nothing’s Shocking) are essentials!

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