We all know the song "Jane Says," but did you know it originally appeared on their first record, Jane's Addiction?
A gritty manifesto of sorts that summed up their plight. Live, this version is a must-hear, you can feel the spark of creation happening like there's something big on the horizon. And you don't have a sensitive bone in your body if your heart doesn't break when Perry sings about Jane's breakfast that she pulls from her pocket. It's sad; there's nothing like it.
"Jane goes to the store at eight/She walks up on St. Andrews/She waits and gets her dinner there/She pulls her dinner from her pocket,"
"Jane says, "I've never been in love/No, she don't know what it is/She only knows if someone wants her
"I want 'em if they want me/I only know they want me"
While the majority of this was recorded live at the famed Roxy, some overdubs were later recorded at The Edge Studio in Los Angeles, California.
Though "Jane Says" became their biggest hit, it was "I Would For You" that touched me the most. A beautiful love song about the tragedy of life. The daily struggles and the battle for survival.
"Oh baby I'm so tired...
The man from the government/The man from the tax report
The man from in the public school/The man owns the golden rule here"
"I'm everybody's slave/I made you my slave/You said, "This I do for you"'
If it would help/To give the world back what it gave
Then I would/I would for you."
"Of the original recording, Perry Farrell recalled: "There was a lot of heat in that room. Heat from brains and bodies that were fully charged up. I knew it was important to speak to the artisans, but I really felt I was addressing the powers that be, too." -Wiki
It's not hard to believe they got signed on the strength of this show.
From the bluesy harmonica of "My Time," to the powerful punk, or pre-grunge, of "Pigs In Zen," Jane'Janes Addiction was an amazing debut album and the band was a force to be reckoned with.
Don't discount the covers either. Perry Farrell takes the swagger of Lou Reed and exploits it with his street hustle, during "Rock & Roll." It's almost as if the band wrote it for him. Dave Navaro rips out a killer solo in the bridge before Perry tells us "There's nothing going on at all."
From there they head directly into the Rolling Stones and bring out the true evil spirit of "Sympathy For The Devil." That line that Jagger sings, "I was around when Jesus Christ had his moment down in pain" always felt too natural for Ferrel. He has felt that pain, and you will too. For me, this was my introduction to "Sympathy," so my mind was blown when I heard the original. Perry and the crew owned both of these covers.
Of course, I'm writing about this now because I found a spankin' new copy in the cut out bins and it sent me back to the day my brother brought this record home. I had to rescue the poor CD and restore its glory.
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