michael gallucci

REVIEW — JANE’S ADDICTION: A CABINET OF CURIOSITIES

In Uncategorized on 05/11/2009 at 6:11 am



Jane’s Addiction

A Cabinet of Curiosities

(Rhino)



Jane’s Addiction released only two albums during their short career. There’s a live debut, a rarities set and a reunion album in their discography too, but the Jane’s Addiction that fans remember made only two albums: 1988’s Nothing’s Shocking and 1990’s Ritual de lo Habitual. So you could say A Cabinet of Curiosities – a three-CD, one-DVD survey of the L.A. band’s leftovers from the period – is kinda pointless. And in a way, you’d be kinda right. The entire first disc is made up of not-so-skeletal demos (of faves like “Jane Says,” “Mountain Song,” and “Ocean Size”) that reveal just how fully formed most songs were before the band went into the studio. The second CD includes more demos, a couple live cuts, a remix of “Been Caught Stealing,” and cover versions of the Grateful Dead’s “Ripple” and Sly & the Family Stone’s “Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey” (with Ice-T helping out). The last CD features a complete live show recorded in Hollywood in 1990. Frontman Perry Farrell reminds the audience about three dozen times that he’s, like, totally high, and reminds us what an asshole he could be. The rest of the band tears through the set with the scorching precision that made them famous. –Michael Gallucci

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