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Those were the days...
, 24 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Nothing's Shocking (Audio CD)
1988/89. Hard rock was dominated by poodle-topped guitar virtuosos, spandex clad gods-gift-to-women types and songs about lurrrve and having rock n roll nights with your baby.
Then along came bands like Faith No More, Living Colour and Jane's Addiction and a new alternative appeared. Funky beats, a smidgeon of politics and no duelling guitar solos.
It was great.
Nothing's Shocking was Jane's Addiction's first "proper" album after the half-arsed eponymous debut and to those who heard it, it changed their lives.
The album kicks off with the bizarre "Up the Beach", all acoustic guitars and sing-song nonsensical vocals at first then suddenly the power kicks in and uplifting guitars and a smattering of drums prepares you for what's coming next in the form of "Ocean Size" one of the most powerful tracks on the album. The moment Perry Farrell screams "Wish I was ocean sized...", you're lost in the seedy, subhuman world that Jane's Addiction inhabit.
No songs about love on here. The closest it comes is "Summertime Rolls" a long, lazy track suitable for stretching out on a balmy day with a bottle of beer and a "herbal" cigarette in your hand. The rest of the stuff is just too bizarre to describe. "Standing in the Shower, Thinking" is self explanatory, but "Idiots Rule" with it's blaring brass and "Pigs in Zen" defy what your concept of rock music really is. The acoustic "Jane Says..." breezes its way onto Jazz-esque "Thank You Boys", while prior to these you've been blasted away by the raw power of "Coming Down the Mountain".
Interesting to see that other reviewers have had this LP indelibly stamped upon their lives. It's still one of the few albums I can listen to today from the many I bought from that particular era, (so much so, I had to buy the cd to replace a worn out tape copy,) and it still shines through. All in all a fantastic recording well worth buying.
But can someone please tell me what the hell's "Ted, Just Admit It" about?
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