ARTIST: Jane’s Addiction
TITLE: Nothing’s Shocking
YEAR RELEASED: 1988
CHART ACTION: #103
SINGLES: Jane Says (#6 Alternative), Mountain Song, Had a Dad, Ocean Size (#36 Alternative)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Pigs in Zen
LINEUP: Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Eric Avery, Stephen Perkins. Flea, Angelo Moore and Christopher Dowd played horns on a track.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Major label debut announces Jane’s Addiction as a force to be reckoned with in the scene.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: At the time, this record was a revelation. An LA band who eschewed glam and hair and posing, and was more concerned with art and statements. The band rocked, with guitarist Dave Navarro creating inventive riffs and solos and bassist Eric Avery melodic anchor. Meanwhile, frontman and lyricist Perry Farrell was spinning unique tales with his intense, high-pitched vocals.
The power of songs like “Ocean Size”, “Mountain Song” and “Had a Dad” almost overwhelm the listener but the band and Farrell pulls back at the right time. Tracks like “Ted, Just Admit It” (about Ted Bundy) may seem pretentious at first but they’re not. Only a couple track seem a bit forced (“Idiots Rule” for one).
“Jane Says”, the big ‘hit’ from the record, was overplayed, and still is, and it’s nowhere near the best song on the record. That’s not a detraction, as there’s so so much depth here.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The seeds of discord were planted here. Farrell wanted sole royalties for the lyrics, and a ¼ share for the music. That caused strife that almost broke up the band before the record was started, and lingered.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE A: A solid, genre-bending record that set the course for hard rock, alternative rock, and nu-metal in the 90’s, for better or worse.