ARTIST: Jane’s Addiction
TITLE: Jane’s Addiction
YEAR RELEASED: 1987
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Pigs in Zen and Jane Says were re-done later.
LINEUP: Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Eric Avery, Stephen Perkins
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: “Live” record released before their major label debut
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: I wasn’t too convinced I’d like this prequel to Jane’s Addiction’s proper debut, but my fears were unfounded.
Recorded live (basic tracks) with overdubs at a studio, the basic building blocks of Jane’s Addiction are here. The band is tight, and inventive, winding around Perry Farrell’s lyrics and melodies. Sometimes Farrell goes over the top, and while the cover version of the Velvet Underground and the Rolling Stones had their moments, it seemed that they were just there for filler.
The songs you don’t really know are just as strong as the two they recorded later. All in all, while it’s not an essential release, for fans it’s pretty good. It even changed my mind (somewhat) on “Jane Says”.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: On the very first pressing of the disc, “Pigs in Zen” was typed as “Pigs in Ten”
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a few outtakes
GRADE B+: It was a good intro to the band then, and now it’s a good document of what they were.