Jack’s Song Of The Day: Jane’s Addiction

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First, the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Red Hot Chili Peppers[/lastfm] announce they’ll be releasing an album at the end of the month.

Then comes word [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Soundgarden[/lastfm] have reunited and will be touring.

Now, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jane’s Addiction[/lastfm] are back with a brand new song.

What is this, 1991?

They were one of the first alternative rock bands to break into the mainstream and score commercial success in the early 1990s.  And now they’re back to do it all again.

Formed in 1985 by singer [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Perry Farrell[/lastfm], guitarist [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Dave Navarro[/lastfm], bassist Eric Avery and drummer Stephen Perkins, Jane’s Addiction quickly became a sensation in the clubs of Los Angeles with their unique style of rock music.  It wasn’t long before several record companies came knocking on their door, eager to sign the up-and-coming band.  Jane’s Addiction went with Warner Brothers, but insisted their first album be released independently by Triple X Records.

Jane’s Addiction was released in 1987 and was a live album the band recorded at the famous Roxy Theater in L.A.

Soon thereafter, Jane’s Addiction headed into the studio to begin work on their full-length debut album for Warner Brothers. However, recording sessions were riddled with tension and disputes due to Farrell’s demands for more than half the band’s royalties.  The band actually broke up for a time, and the record label had to intervene to settle the issue. However, the cracks within had already begun to form.

In 1988, Jane’s Addiction released Nothing’s Shocking.  The album’s title was somewhat of a misnomer.  The cover art, which featured sculptures of nude female conjoined twins, was deemed controversial, and several retailers refused to carry it.  The album was eventually issued, wrapped in brown paper.  Nothing’s Shocking was well-received by critics, but only peaked at #103 on the Billboard 200.  The album, however, did give the band their first Top 10 Modern Rock hit, “Jane Says.”

Jane’s Addiction then embarked on a tour, opening up for acts like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Iggy Pop[/lastfm] and the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ramones[/lastfm].  By tour’s end, the band were headlining clubs and theaters, proving how far they had come in a short time.

It was back to the studio for Jane’s Addiction, and in August 1990, they released their second album, Ritual de lo Habitual.  The album was a huge success, selling two million copies and reaching #19 on the Billboard 200 chart.  It spawned the hit singles “Stop!” and “Been Caught Stealing.”  The latter landed at #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and stayed in the top spot for four weeks.

To support Ritual de lo Habitual, the band hit the road for a grueling 13-month tour.  It was during this time that Perry Farrell created Lollapalooza, a traveling music festival.  Jane’s Addiction headlined the first Lollapalooza; it turned out to be the band’s swan song.

In 1991, Jane’s Addiction called it quits.

After pursuing other projects throughout the 90s, including Farrell’s formation of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Porno for Pyros[/lastfm] and Dave Navarro’s stint with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the members of Jane’s Addiction (minus Eric Avery) reconvened for 1997’s Relapse tour and again for 2001’s Jubilee tour.

In 2003, Jane’s Addiction released their third album, Strays, and went out on the road for another extensive world tour.  The reunion was short-lived, and again, the band went their separate ways.

Five years later, the original line-up (Farrell, Navarro, Avery and Perkins) performed together for the first time since 1991 at the NME Awards.  More gigs soon followed, and in 2009, Jane’s Addiction accompanied [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Nine Inch Nails[/lastfm] on a summer tour.

Inspired and itching to make an album, Perry Farrell began writing new songs.  In 2010, Jane’s Addiction returned to the studio for their fourth album.  The Great Escape Artist will be released on September 27th, and the songs have been described as “really cool, really heavy and Pink Floydish.”  The album’s second single is “Irresistible Force,” and it’s Jack’s Song of the Day.

Jane’s Addiction are currently on tour, with dates lined up in Canada, the U.K., Israel and Las Vegas.

Check out this recent live performance of “Been Caught Stealing.”  Jack FM is convinced Dave Navarro has been rocking the P90X workout…. we’re jealous.

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