#tbt Janes Addiction / Ritual De Lo Habitual (1990)
If I had to pick three albums that really defined my emerging adolescence, it would be the Pixie’s Doolittle, Nine Inch Nail’s Pretty Hate Machine, and Jane’s Addiction’s Ritual De Lo Habitual. (Nirvana would come later). The sheer power of Dave Navarro’s guitar as it blasts the intro to “Stop” was enough to make me and my friends lose our minds and either find something to destroy or bed to jump on. Along with the Pixies, Jane’s Addiction served as sort of a bridge, connecting the old guard of the indie of the 80’s to the new indie rock of the 90’s, all the while giving a collective fuck you to the GNR’s and Poisons and Def Leppards that had ruled the charts. But instead of cheesy love songs and ridiculous metaphors for sex, Jane’s music was mysterious, artful, and even inspiring. The lyrics to Ain’t No Right start off “I am skin and bones, I am pointy nose, but it motherfucking makes me try!”. That would illicit a collective right on from anyone who’s had an obstacle to overcome. Although Dave Navarro and Perry Ferrell get most of the recognition in the band, the other players were instrumental in creating the early sound and much of the recognized melodies. Eric Avery’s bass lines groove almost with a funky and eastern influence, taking the band into darker territory for Navarro to riff on. Even Stephen Perkins, a talented percussionist, really delivers drums that go beyond rock formulas and verge on multi-instrumentalism. Lastly I should mention that the cover of this record was censored by the PMRC, so Jane’s replaced it with the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Jane’s Addiction, here it is now, miss it don’t dismiss it.