Although Jane's Addiction's 1987 self-titled debut was an intriguing release (few alternative bands at the time had the courage to mix modern rock, prog rock, and heavy metal together), it paled in comparison to their now classic major-label release one year later, Nothing's Shocking. Produced by Dave Jerden and Jane's Addiction vocalist Perry Farrell, the album was more focused and packed more of a sonic wallop than its predecessor; the fiery performances often create an amazing sense that it could all fall apart at any second, creating a fantastic musical tension. Such tracks as "Up the Beach," "Ocean Size," and one of alt-rock's greatest anthems, "Mountain Song," contain the spaciousness created by the band's two biggest influences, Led Zeppelin and the Cure. Elsewhere, "Ted, Just Admit It..." (about serial killer Ted Bundy) and the haunting yet gorgeous "Summertime Rolls" stretched to epic proportions, making great use of changing moods and dynamics (something most alt-rock bands of the time were oblivious to). An incredibly consistent and challenging album, other highlights included the rockers "Had a Dad" and "Pigs in Zen," the horn-driven "Idiots Rule," the jazz instrumental "Thank You Boys," and the up-tempo "Standing in the Shower...Thinking." Like most great bands, it was not a single member whose contribution was greater: Perry Farrell's unique voice and lyrics, Dave Navarro's guitar riffs and wailing leads, Eric Avery's sturdy basslines, and one of rock's greatest and most powerful drummers, Stephen Perkins. Nothing's Shocking is a must-have for lovers of cutting-edge, influential, and timeless hard rock.
|Label:||Warner Bros / Wea|
Performance CreditsJane's Addiction Primary Artist
Eric Avery Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Bass Guitar
Chris Dowd Horn
Perry Farrell Vocals
Angelo Moore Horn
Dave Navarro Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Stephen Perkins Percussion,Drums
Technical CreditsEric Avery Composer
Ronnie S. Champagne Engineer
Perry Farrell Composer,Producer,Cover Design,Sculpture
Dave Jerden Producer,Engineer
Dave Navarro Composer
Stephen Perkins Composer
Casey Niccoli Art Direction
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've been a huge Jane's Addiction fan for about 14 years now, and Nothing's Shocking was my second album that I bought of theirs. It’s a GREAT album, and is one of the best Alternative Rock albums ever made. A lot of people would say Ritual De Lo Habitual is their best, but for me it’s this right here.
This has to be one of Jane's best albums....they take all their angst and musical power and pour it into a medium that makes you want to hear it over and over and over......I have been a Jane's fan for more than 10 years, and I believe this is one of their best albums, if not THE best. See (mountain song, summertime rolls, ocean size, pigs in zen, jane says)
This production was a nail in the coffin of cheesy 80's music. It defined where the hard rock must go for the next generation ( belive me, I was there). Even when it's just a little bit less focussed than Ritual, this production is more rocker and driven, music and lyrics are more on your face. Just check the bass line of Mountain Song or the lyrics of Ted Just Admit It. Could somebody imagine acts like Placebo or White Stripes without Jane's influence? I Don't.