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  • Audio CD (5 Sept. 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B000002LEE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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JANES ADDICTION Nothings Shocking (1990 11-track CD album featuring their debut album release including the singles Jane Says Mountain Song and Ocean Size picture sleeve)

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Though the songs aren't quite as good as those on Ritual De Lo Habitual, this album is much more consistent, with a heavy rock-funk-punk mix that's a pleasure to hear. The slower songs (especially "Summertime Rolls" and "Jane Says") work well, while the up-tempo material--in particular the closer "Pig's in Zen"--is both catchy and ambitious. It's a fine album overall, and if the band's Zeppelin-ward aspirations don't quite work, their music is still quite good in its own right. --Genevieve Williams

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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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You have to bear in mind the context.
1988 and Bon Jovi are the biggest band on earth. Livin' On A Prayer was the biggest rock single and Poison (Poison!) were making a killing, selling albums by the truckload.
Rock's image was pink-candy and exploitative. Lyrics were banal and hair was poodle-massive.
David Lee Roth was something of a guru.
And then this album happened and killed the whole ridiculous, soulless scene. A band appeared with integrity, sexuality, black-magic intrigue and, my oh my, talent. They had tonnes of that.
Not only were they starnge, but they were brilliant. And they rocked!
Who do you compare them to? Led Zeppelin, definitely. After that, you were in pretty new territory. Nobody had, or does, sing like Perry Farrell. A wailing androgeny of noise that, somehow, remains a thing of beauty. A force of nature in a man's lungs.
And the songs. No wonder Bon Jovi went on a five year hiatus. From the pounding, spiritual of Up The Beach, all crushing waves and that beguiling backswards loop of Farrell's voice, to the filth of "Pigs In Zen", brutal, precise, catchy. It was all such a trip.
Stand-outs, though are "Ted, Just Admit It", a long discourse on the morals of sex and violence, bound together by a hypnotic bass-line and a chilling voice-over of denial from the then serial-killer-of-the-month Ted Bundy. Then there's "Idiots Rule" which is as funky an anthem as the Generation Xers could ever wish for.
Top of the pile, though, is the epic, spacial "Summertime Rolls". And for all its vastness it's only about a single pure memory of a Summer. At once uplifting and intimate, dense as syrup but razor sharp, this was probably the tune which most convinced me that Jane's Addiction had been left here by martians.
They were just incredible.
Buy it. You'll like it.
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Bought this on vinyl when it came out in '87 and it has stayed one of my top two ever since (the other, if you're interested, is Atomizer by Big Black, but for different reasons...). Just a fantastic album, from the laid-back vibe of Summetime Rolls or Jane Says (such a good track they recorded it on two consecutive albums ;-) to the guitar attack of Ocean Size, Ted Just Admit It or Mountain Song. Dave Navarro was never on better form than this, Perry's voice carresses and stabs by turn, and the whole thing is just _fantastic_. I haven't got bored of it after 13 years, and don't expect I ever shall: it's there burned into my mind, and I'm _damn_ glad ;-)
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If you're tired of the same old music, this album is the one for you. The instant you press play you are literally bombarded by emotion. The harsh simplicity of the lyrics, combined with the rampaging bass line and thunderous drum beat of "Up the Beach". This is followed immediately by "Ocean Size". A seething torrent of rage encapsulated within an armour-plated casing of anger.
Of course the tables soon turn as you are thrown headlong into the warm embrace of "Summertime Rolls". Soon followed by the strangely miss-fitting 'jazz club' melody of "Thank You Boys".
Nothing's Shocking is an all-out aural attack which will leave you reeling. It's an album you not only hear, you really feel it too!
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Don't believe the headline review which is just critical nonsense - the songs on this album are head and shoulders above those on "Ritual". The manic energy, diversity of influence, power and impact of Nothing leaves every other Jane's album in its wake. I love this album, it holds many memories for me, and in my view Jane never achieved the same level of just in-your-face artistry that this album provides. You gotta buy this one.
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