Besides Summertime Rolls by Jane’s Addiction being the best song, ever, Trader Joe’s Chocolate Meringues are so incredibly awesome. Awesome, I tell you.
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On the contrary we’re installing Windows (via Parallels) later tonight for Emily’s design work. This, my friend, is a scary moment. Sadly, it’s still a necessary evil in the world of design. Wish her luck and pray the Mac doesn’t die. I give it two weeks. Any bets?
PS. [11:38pm] She’s doing the install for XP and Firefox crashed. This is not looking good.
PPS. [11:58pm] Force quit #1. The install crashed. Go Windows!
PPS. [11:59pm] She’s trying the install again. But I am going to bed.
PPPS. [12:20pm] The first install actually worked, it just crashed at the end. After those first initial hiccups everything is functioning fine.
“i have had the good fortune to spend a good deal of my lifetime not being the smartest guy in the room. and not only has that made my life richer, but it has kept me aware of the limits of my brain.” [link]
I first heard Jane’s Addiction about the time when Ritual de lo Habitual came out. It was 1990. I was at a private school. I was there for three years. It was 7th or 8th grade. At that single moment of hearing the drums for Stop, it simply changed my life and it did so tremendously quickly. It gave me perspective. Music could be serious and intense and moving?! And artistic? I hadn’t actually owned a Jane’s record until a few weeks later when my friend Jordan copied Nothing’s Shocking for me on a Maxell UR 90 minute tape. I can’t tell you why I remember these details. I remember contemplating the reverb times and how it was actually recorded. I also thought (and still think) that Stephen’s snare was triggered. It’s possible, but I’ve never once read anything on that to confirm.
So what did you have here. Perry. A visionary. One of many amazing clothing experiences and layed vocals. Does anyone layer vocals like this anymore? Dave. The man of textured guitars. Soulful and dark. Mmmmm. Eric. The way mosts bassists should play. Behind and in the back. Cold got to be. And Stephen. If there is one drummer that ever directly influenced me it would be Stephen. Aside from my drum teacher Stephen was a hero and influence. He still is to this day.
From there, I met Stephanie Siempre on some AOL message board. We started trading live shows. SDSU 87. John Anson Ford Theater 88. Scream 86. Club Lingere 86. The list went on and on. I eventually acquired 4-track demos of an acoustic unfinished song called “Kettle Whistle” and boombox basement recordings of the band practicing with Chris Brinkman on guitars (before Dave joined). The list would go on and on. I guess instead of doing drugs in high school I listened to music. I think a fair exchange.
Stop (Ritual de lo Habitual) – first songs always make lists like these
Suffer Some (Song List – bootleg) – this was the origial demo from the record Perry produced to prove to WB Records he could produce what would become Nothing’s Shocking – The newly recorded version that appeared on Strays is horrid. I recommend to stray away.
Summertime Rolls (Nothing’s Shocking) – my first practices with meditation with a song
1% (XXX) – “It makes me, 1%”
Ted, Just Admit It… (Nothing’s Shocking) – the drums and guitar work is all that needs to be said.
Pigs In Zen (XXX) – yes, that’s where my AIM screen name came from and I’ve always liked the “live”
XXX version better than Nothing’s Shocking. Perhaps from Perry’s monologue.
City (Song List – bootleg) – A silly song. Not as bad as Been Caught Stealing. At least this song has some semblance of soul. It’s about the city and how it has everything you need right in it, self contained.
Three Days (Ritual de lo Habitual) – An opus. Rumored to have been layed down to tape in one take. I find it equally hard to believe and easily believable.
Then She Did… (Ritual de lo Habitual) – I can usually only listen to this song when it comes after Three Days. It’s sorta my “Part II” – there are no congruent musical tonalities, but I think it has that soft-LOUD thing going. Not like the Pixies, but more so in intensities. Listen to the ping ride cymbal in this song. It’s perfect.
Kettle Whistle (any live version from 88) – There was something about this song. It kinda didn’t have a chorus. Just a bunch of verses and Perry yelping. It was the perfect formula. The studio version that showed up on Kettle Whistle was actually pretty horid. Sadly. I wish they took a live version from Caberet Metro in Chigaco in the fall of ’88. “We all want to be beautiful too”
Chip Away (XXX) – Primal forces. Stephen, Eric and Dave all on drums and thermos or whatever they could bang on and Perry chanting. It too good of a song to not be on this list.
Another interesting fact to ponder was that when you listen to any live show from 1986 you’ll notice that few songs were writen after that period. Their catalog had been build the first year they existed. They were damn busy. Keep in mind they were really only a band for 5 years. 1986-1991. The two off hand I can think of are: 1. Of Course and 2. Been Caught Stealing. And I think the earliest live version of Of Course started to appear in 1987.
It’s amazing how Jane’s Addiction changed the face of popular music in such a short time. Intentionally or unintentionally. To me they were the transition from the glam rock of the 80s to the more “serious” music of the early 90s. Perry had a vision. And he stuck to it.