Nothing's Shocking is the debut studio album by American alternative rock band Jane's Addiction, released on August 23, 1988 through Warner Bros. Records. Nothing's Shocking was well received by critics and peaked at number 103 on the Billboard 200. The single "Jane Says" reached number six on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks in 1988. Rolling Stone ranked it #312 on its "500 Greatest Albums of All Time".Wikipedia
Jane Says, Apparently I should have listened to the entire album much sooner.
Nobody knew what the hell was going on with this band as they were ahead of their peers shedding glam metal but still rocking hard pre-grunge. I feel bad for the folks who didn't hear this at its release in their or a friend's basement with their eyes wide and jaws dropped. It must have been like hearing The Beatles contemporaneously.
I cannot over emphasize the importance of this album. I wish I could say that I found it when it was released, because it really was at the beginning of the next wave of rock. A time in music that changed me, and my relationship with music.
Nothing's shocking!? There are flame-headed naked Siamese twins on a cow background - how is that not shocking!? Why didn't I have this hidden under my mattress as a kid? What's that you say? It came out in 1988? Holy crap! I didn't really know what music (or breasts) were when I was 8. And that's a further indication that this was very ahead of its time. In that context, Jane's Addiction is more responsible for the coming decade of alternative rock than I had realized. Their sound, plus their role in starting Lollapalooza, helped to save us from the 80s. Perry Farrell's voice shouldn't work, but it does. This album is amazing. "Jane Says" is a top-tier, 11/10 song. Does anything more need to be said?
This album just flat out rocks. This was a bit of a game changer in the 90s and has some really great songs. Perry Farrell is such a weird guy, but has some really witty and catchy lyrics. I come back to this album from time to time and will likely continue to do so for years to come.
This was the first band in ages to which I struggled to find a derivative element. It seems wholly original. That feat alone would warrant praise, but the psychedelic nature, nonsensical yet thought-provoking lyrics and unique vocal delivery make it one of my new favorite albums. Fuck Yeah.
I became familiar with Jane's Addiction in the 90s, when they were mainstays on the radio. I was shocked when I found out that they were actually an 80s band. It must have been a shock (no pun intended) when Nothing's Shocking came out in 1988. Nothing sounded remotely like it at the time. The rhythm section is massive and thunderous. Dave Navarro's blazing leads ratchet up the energy to nosebleed levels on tunes like Standing In The Shower...Thinking and Had A Dad. And Perry Farrell, as irritating as he can be, has the voice needed to cut through it all. If that was all there was to Jane's Addiction, it would be enough, but they excel at atmospheric brooding as well. Jane Says is the most heartbreaking, truthful song about addiction I know of. Summertime Rolls is haunting. They even include a little bit of funk in Idiots Rule. And as varied as it is, Nothing's Shocking is remarkably consistent in quality. The only dog is the mercifully short Thank You Boys, a tongue in cheek lounge tune which quickly reveals the limits of these musicians. Other than that, Jane's Addiction take no prisoners. Given their obvious talent and passion, they should have had a long career (they self-destructed after Ritual De Lo Habitual), but at least they left us a near perfect album in Nothing's Shocking.
Groovy jams and tribal drums add some spice but Perry's vocals and Navarro's endless noodling become tiresome. "Mountain Man's" bass driven intro is my favourite moment on this record and "Jane Says" is easily the stand out track. Essentially this album serves as a wonky bridge between the alt-funk and hair metal of the 80s and 90s alternative. ⭐⭐
Five. I'm done. Honestly, this is the gold standard. I wish everything could be so perfect. Dave Navarro, Perry Ferrell and heroin*. This played constantly when I was a sophomore in high school and have great memories listening to this cassette and being a teenager. Top to bottom each song kills, but "Ted, Just Admit It" kills hardest ;) I still listen to this album in 2021 and there's not a bad song on it. Ocean Size, Summertime Rolls, etc., they're all great. Even the little interlude Thank You Boys is awesome. Up the Beach is an album intro with no words! The intro to Summertime Rolls is so remedial and relaxing and then moves right into Mountain Song. It's is a shot of adrenaline. I appreciate the way the songs open up. Each one begins differently but kind of eases you in and then clobbers you with bass guitar and Navarro with PF and his illustrious screechy wails in the background. It's just and amazing mess of sound that consumes you. Love all of it. Five Stars. ___ *Actually, that's not true. From what I understand the heroin didn't start until the early 90's.
Los Angeles’ Jane’s Addiction is to rock music what French impressionist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is to painting: (w)hol(l)y dissolute, sordidly sacred, gloriously grotesque. Listening to Jane’s Addiction is like participating in a veneration of pus (pus being defined as a product of the immune system’s fight against invading bacterium.) Pus is, well, gross. But only because something much grosser has invaded your body in the first place. The body has to find some way to expel the infection, so out it spurts, and oozes. Likewise, Jane’s addiction knows how to spurt and ooze. And one can only imagine what/who has invaded singer and lyricist Perry Farrell’s system. Certainly, fundamentally, parental abandonment- ‘Had a Dad,’ the emphasis being on the word had. I know a thing or two myself about parental abandonment, and its unfortunate consequences: perceiving the world as threatening and fearful, lack of self-esteem, inability to trust and be trusted, difficulty in making healthy attachments to others, emotionally immature/stunted, prone to deceit, manipulation, control, etc. FUCKED UP! Smiley the bartender, a fella I once worked under years ago in Aspen, imparted some street wisdom to me one day when I tried to pull one over on him: ‘Son, you can’t bullshit a bullshitter.’ Perry, I’m afraid I know you. I am you. This is very difficult for me to write, to admit; but part of my own long recovery out of the hell similar to the one Perry was burning in when he composed these songs necessitates brutal honesty. And I’ve reason to believe that Perry is not the same man now as he once was, at least given some of the things I’ve heard him say and witnessed from his actions more recently. But in 1988? FUCKED UP. That said, in addition to some of his uglier expressions- ‘Sex is vio-lent (‘Ted, Just Admit It…’)’ and ‘C’mon, kiss you, motherfucker. Fuckin’, suckin’, take it. Forget the rule. Idiots rule. (‘Idiots Rule’)- he also possesses the gift of painting extraordinarily lush and quite beautiful images like ‘I wish I was ocean size… no talking, all action (‘Ocean Size).’ He desires to break, naturally, like a wave, quite the opposite of the other horrors in his life that have broken him in other unnatural ways. Or, on ‘Summertime Rolls’ describing his girlfriend with a nose ‘painted pepper-sunlight.’ It’s a lovely song in many ways, a rare glimpse of the more tender, loving side of Perry. Still, this ain’t no John Denver Annie love song. ‘Jane Says,’ of course- for those familiar with Jane’s Addiction- is the big hit off 'Nothing’s Shocking,' kind of their ‘Hey Jude’ or ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want.’ Perry, in four simple words, summarizes the tremendous power of addiction to pummel the victim’s sincere best intentions: ‘I’m gonna kick tomorrow.’ Anyone listening who has entered the ring with addiction for a round or two or ten or twenty will resonate with this on a deep level. Furthermore, Perry quotes the prostitute for whom the song and the band is named in one of the saddest lyrics I think I’ve ever heard: ‘Jane says, ‘I’ve never been in love, don’t know what it is.’ She only know if someone wants her.’ Like Toulouse-Lautrec, Perry knows his subjects, too, intimately. As far as the music is concerned, guitarist Dave Navarro is Jimmy Page to Perry’s Robert Plant. Navarro can shred on his electric one moment, and then softly fingerpick on his acoustic the next. The waves of his guitar thunderously break and then recede, non-stop all over this thing. Why he’s not recognized with the likes of Page and other greats, I don’t know. Perry’s vocals are outstanding, if an acquired taste, with unique phrasing, meter, and melodies (‘Summertime Rolls,’ i.e.) Not to get too technical, on ‘Jane Says,’ at the same time the chords are moving from a G major to an A major, he sings an A note down to an F sharp thus creating an unusual variant on the G major chord. It’s just this shy of dissonant, but not, and really adds to Jane’s Addiction’s interesting sound. Furthermore, the entire band understands the force of dynamics in music, the yin/yang of loud/quiet. The utter silence on ‘Ted, Just Admit It,’ right before Perry howls ‘… sex is violent’ takes the listener’s breath away. Totally unexpected. Shocking. Riveting. And then when the band rips into a rapid fire musical expression of the crazed, twisted mind of a psychopath like Ted Bundy… again, this is high art, evocative. In fact, to describe this LP as provocative (the cover art alone would probably cause most nice folks to pass it right over for a safer Taylor Swift LP instead) would be to completely misunderstand 'Nothing’s Shocking.' (I’d like to thank my good friend, David, for helping me understand the difference.) Hey, from a gentle soul who dearly loves the sacred chants of Russian Orthodox Christian hymns and the sweet innocence of the Mamas and the Pappas ‘California Dreamin’’ and the smooth as buttermilk vocals of Glen Campbell’s ‘Wichita Lineman,’ I also love to rock, and rock hard, as my friends and family know. And when I get the jones (are you hip?) to rock, I most certainly do not go to REO Speedwagon (I mean no disrespect). I go to Jane’s Addiction. One of the best hard rock bands I have ever had the good fortune to stumble upon back in the day. Perry, I know that your father’s leaving was the catalyst for your ‘… funny feeling (that) God is dead, he’s not there at all,’ but I want to thank the God I feel (beyond my rational understanding, and through and beyond my wounds, similar to yours) that your music is recorded for posterity; if for no one else, at least for me to listen to and learn from and love. 5/5 (and I’d give you 50 more if I could)
One of those albums that made me find a song I had heard a million times but never knew the name. So Jane Says is that song for me.
Never actually listened to this album before. Of course I know "Jane Says". Solid album. This band has always had 80's metal, and 70's psychedelic rock vibes to me. You can hear the transition from 80's hair metal into alternative with this album.
I really enjoyed the sound and atmosphere of this album. I'm not sure what else to say about it except that it's good. My favourite songs were probably Thank You Boys and Summertime Rolls, but it's kind of hard to choose.
Immediately turned off by the album cover. Do they think nude women on fire are edgy? Women have been sexualized and brutalized throughout history. This isn't nearly as original as they think it is. I'm not a fan of the grating noise or the singer's whiny voice, either. Pass.
I could barely stand Ritual De Lo Habitual, but this one was slightly better. Jane's Addiction is still not my bag but this could have been worse.
Interesting to say the least. Perry Ferrell’s voice wasn’t exactly what I would listen to for 40ish minutes as a rule. But I plugged away at this album for the project. Unfortunately, outside of “Jane Says”, everything else blurred into each other. Everything was ADHD come to life, scattered noise, nothing really forming together to produce anything harmonious that I would have enjoyed listening to on my own accord. Kind of like this scattershot review
Jane says... this is a 5!
Power vocals and funky bass plus surprise ballads here and there. InkMaster rules!
Well, guess I should have listened to this many years ago instead of only hearing Jane Says on the radio. Great album and will be listening to it more than just today. Standout songs for me include Had a Dad, Mountain Song, Pigs in Zen are all rockers in addition to Jane Says. Summertime Rolls is ok to slow things down a bit, but not my favorite. This is where I wish I had more granularity to the scale. I enjoy it more than albums I gave a 4, but not as good as my other 5's. Screw it, 4.6/5.0.
good. liked it
Era o quê eu precisa, sequência de músicas para reafirmar o bom gosto pelo rock.
Ground-breaking. This album was a classic the moment is came out. It sounds as fresh today as it did when it came out in the 80's.
Loved this. A very clear identity, the guitar and vocal couldn't be mistaken for anyone else. More melodic than the previous album, this was a real surprise and very engaging. I want to give it 4.5 stars, it's better than 4 but not quite 5, but there's no option for that so sorry boys, you're demoted to 4. No I've changed my. mind - I really, really liked this 5 stars it is.
Another candidate joins the top tier. A very fun album, saw these guys at the 2001 big day out
Absolutely love "Jane Says" and some other songs on this album were really great. Didn't know how much I'd really like Jane's Addiction since this is the second album I've listen to since I started this 1001 albums. Also doesn't really sound very 80s, absolutely more early to mid 90s sound so call the album ahead of it's time. Strong power all throughout, incredible bass, guitar, drumming, and vocals. 9/10.
Thinking back at the musical landscape of my 17th year, there were a lot of threads you could follow if you had an interest in music out of the mainstream. You had your English groups (dark, synthy) and your American groups (acoustic, jangly). You had goth and industrial bubbling up. But these guys, *these guys* were something different when they showed up. They rocked hard, as much as any metal band, but they had this whole Zeppelinesque bohemian vibe, with a gritty sensibility and a little funk. Not to mention an unusual front man with an odd voice that didn't really sound like anyone else. Looking back now, I can see how special Jane's Addiction is as a band, how much they forecasted what was on the horizon in music. Something really different was happening and these guys were at the front of it. I'm also realizing here that I have not given Dave Navarro enough credit over the years for being the awesome guitar player he is. His playing can go from delicate and lovely to just blistering with ease. He can riff, he can play a wailing solo, he can burn it to the ground. Along with Eric Avery's sick basslines and Stephen Perkins slamming drums, they have such a rich and full sound. It's elegant when they want it to be, but also blow out your car speakers heavy. The songwriting is kind of all over the map, it goes from whimsical to thoughtful and sometimes incomprehensible. But it works. The treasure here of course is “Jane Says.” I didn't really know a Jane, but I probably met a few women over the years who related to her. I appreciate the empathy Farrell shows to Jane. The way men usually have written about women in rock music is... not great. Farrell has taken the time to tell her story and show care for her without judgement, pity or objectification. It’s really sweet and sad, accomplished with few words. It reminds me of Lou Reed's writing, not the least of which because they have both written iconic songs about a woman named Jane. Listening, you care about what happens to her, which is the power of great songwriting. I got weirdly emotional when I read that Jane Bainter finally did get to go to Spain. Good for her. Fave Songs: Jane Says, Mountain Song, Summertime Rolls, Ocean Size, Standing in the Shower... Thinking
Phenomenal album. So glad this process introduced me to this record. It's much more even and consistent than Ritual De Lo Habitual. I imagine hearing this for the first time in 1988 would've felt how it did hearing Arctic Monkeys for the first time in 2005. A total game changer.
Really good. Love mountain song and Jane says, the rest helped flesh out the sound
I don't know what to say
Epic, life changing magic!
I've owned this album and listened to it so many times since the 90s. Any listener would need to appreciate frontman Perry Farrell, otherwise... you probably won't enjoy it as much. Musically, it's great. Combine those two elements together and this is the result.
This is a seriously cool album. Like the Pixies, about three years ahead of their time. I never really listened to Jane's Addiction because all I heard before was Been Caught Stealing and Jane Says, both of which kind of annoyed me (mostly because of Perry Farrell's voice). It didn't help when I learned what a dick Farrell was to his bandmates about publishing rights. But none of that can change how cool this album is. The whole band is fantastic. I was a fan of Dave Navarro's work with RHCP and I'm embarrassed to say I didn't even know he was part of Jane's Addiction. A great album that I missed out on because I didn't like their popular songs. Great stuff. Favorite tracks: Up the Beach (yeah, I thought this was awesome right from the start), Ocean Size, Ted Just Admit It, Mountain Song, Pigs in Zen.
What an absolute classic. I got into Janes Addiction when they were gearing up for their comeback album in 2003. I remember I had purchased the Spin Magazine they were on the cover of, and the bands I love (RHCP, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden) all had stories about how Janes Addiction shaped their careers. I’ve been trying to figure out now how I was listening to Janes Addiction as I just had my MP3 CD player at that time so uneless I had purchased one of their albums, I likely would have been reading about Janes Addiction for a while before listening to them. It’s crazy to thing how now a band you hadn’t heard you could pull up on Spotify or Apple Music and listen to everything from them. This was still the age when there was some ceremony to having new music, whether you downloaded on your PC or got the CD from a store. But then again, I realize I’m talking nearly 20 years ago. It is wild how this album now sounds about 2 decades ahead of its time. Listening to some other 80s albums through this list they’re all so much of a time and place. Nothing’s Shocking is so different from everything else popular at the time, and it’s apparent why it doesn’t place in the 80s, as every alternative band writes songs like them and every album is produced like this one is. Ocean Size, Mountain Song and Standing in the Shower Thinking are all so massive. Summertime Rolls though is my favourite on this album. Probably because I discovered this band while on a family holiday I have so much nostalgia in this one. I’m listening to this one in February during the worst snowfall in like 10 years and this song sort of is giving the same vibe. I’m really going to have to put this one on again come June.
Cool, effortlessly inventive alt-rock.
Love the energy
I’ve long loved this one but haven’t listened to it in years. Great reminder, especially of more obscure songs like “Pigs in Zen.”
Lollapalooza August 23, 1991
I was ready to give this a poor rating and then I actually listened to the album. Another band I've heard of but missed at the time (I was into other genres) but for once it's pretty decent. I like the sound from the first few notes and it gets better and better. It really resonates with me now. There's a LOT of 80's and 90's bands in this chart and I'm not too sure why? This is an exception and it deserves it's place in the chart. It's pretty interesting to read this was their first studio album and only 2nd overall and yet it sounds so confident and assured. Nicely paced and varied it paves the way for a lot of the 90's sound and beyond. Outstanding.
I'm gonna have to recalibrate my 5 stars ...
Incredibly enjoyable. Love the multi layered production of the atmospheric sections (like Sleepwalker calmed down by a dose of Bark Psy) and the horn laden funk slaps just as hard. Stand out - Summertime Rolls us a delight and slams into Mountain so noice
Classic but couldn't give it a proper listen today I was too busy
I've seen most people think Nirvana killed glam, but this seems like the more obvious link to me. It's got the tones and fun of glam, but it's much more... dangerous. There's like a druggy, unnerving edge to this. Dave Navarro's guitars are great, the rhythm section puts in so much work, and Perry Farrell makes for an electrifying performer. It's like glam metal meets Aerosmith, with the heroin sensibilities of grunge. Favorite tracks: "Ted, Just Admit It...", "Mountain Song", "Jane Says", "Oceansize"
Old rock is almost always better than newer rock and that’s def the case here. The progression of this album as in song intensities is near perfect. My favorite progression is that among a bell curve and this is just like that, it starts pretty relaxed and then everything crashes. The outro is very encore vibes which I also love. I have never heard of Perry Ferrell (the singer) before today and I absolutely love his unorthodox sound. These are some of the most insane guitar rifs I’ve heard and I’m obsessed. Like I said it’s hard for me to judge rock but there was never a dull moment, no skips. 9/10 THIS IS ROCK, THIS IS A CLASSIC
Perhaps the best Jane's Addition album - it is the most consistent one for sure. In any case, the first three JA albums are all 5 star.
This is a phenomenal album!! I cannot believe Jane's Addiction is a late 80's band. They definately don't sound it! I would assume mid 90's, so they were definate trend setters with the alternative rock movement. They also had a hand in starting Lollapalooza in the states (a yearly celebration of alternative rock). I just recently listened to a podcast about it. The guitar playing is so hard, sludgy, and fast. Their guitarist is definately a hidden gem as far as guitar virtuosos go. Perry Marshall's voice is so recognizable with its gravelly nature, and unique delivery. The bass and drumming throughout are phenomenal. Songs on this record covered some SHOCKING topics such as: abandonment, drug use, Ted Bundy... but I think my favourite lyrics come from a song about shower thoughts: "The water is so fucking hot, it beats on my neck, and I'm pissing on myself, standing in the shower... thinking" Overall, I loved this album. Right up my alley music-wise. Don't know why I didn't delve into Jane's Addiction sooner. Favourite songs: Mountain Song, Jane Says, Pigs in Zen, Ocean Size, "Ted, Just Admit It...", Standing in the Shower... Thinking Least favourite song: Summertime Rolls 5/5
I like the transitional feel it has like right between hair metal and grunge like right at a time where people didnt have expectations of a genre lol idk anyway it's good
Such a phenomenally good album. Between the Glam of the 80's and the Grunge of the 90's was a small period with hard rocking alternative music like Sonic Youth, the Pixies and these guys, Jane's Addiction. And they were reinventing music as they went along. This album just rocks. The lyrics are clever and fun, Navarro's guitar solo's are the best he's ever recorded (before the heroin knocked it a bit out of him). Just a straight up classic in the genre, and in music history.
This album realized the natural transition from the glam metal scene to 90s alt rock. We start off with the instrumental "Up the Beach" which has an arena metal sound characteristic of bands like Def Leppard or GnR, but has a much more unsettling distorted sound. It's a useful opener, exciting the audience in anticipation for the rest of the album. "Ocean Size" starts the record off strongly with everything that makes this album unique. Between Farrell's manic vocals, the punk-like breaks using the acoustics, and the flashy proto-grunge guitar solos, it sets the standards for what countless 90s bands would aim to replicate and fail. "Ted Just Admit It" is one of my favorite tracks, a really complex song full of a ton of really cool parts and an epic finale. I love the grooveline and percussion that remind me of the tribal psybient work of Sphongle. "Summertime Rolls" is another favorite ambient track, groovy and psychedelic. They know how to end a song. Then we have their two most iconic hits, "Mountain Song" and "Jane Says" with memorable riffs and catchy hooks. And of course you have the hollow drums, the distorted reverb wailing guitar (holy shit that solo on "Mountain Song"), and a controlled cool vocalist not to afraid to scat and show personality. I love the subtle things like the distant steel drums in "Jane Says" that's comes out of the shadows at the end. Despite not mentioning their other songs, I did think they were all strong and unique. Not a single song I didn't enjoy. I thought "Thank You Boys" was a funny addition and way to anticipate the ending. The songs were paced well, with an awesome opener and closer, the experimental tracks at the beginning when you're paying attention the most, and the more energetic tracks near the end to keep you going.
Nothing's Shocking is a fitting title. Standout Tracks: Ted, Just Admit It..., Summertime Rolls, Jane Says, Thank You Boys, Pigs In Zen
I was surprised that this album was from the 80s! It was a couple days ago, so I don't really remember it more specifically.
I did not expect to like this as much as I did. On the spectrum of music I listen to, this exists right at the limit of how far I will venture into loud/aggressive sounding rock. It's actually difficult for me to categorize this sound.
Wow... the album cover is strange and inappropriate, but, I like their sound.
Not a massive fan of Farrell’s vocals but it’s obvious these guys are extremely talented musicians.
No me pregunten por qué no le pongo 5 estrellas porque no lo sé. Chulada de disquito.
This is pre grunge and I love it.
y’all this is kinda a vibe like driving down the free way and ready to disassemble the patriarchy even tho it’s a man singing. the last like quarter got me confused but i love thank u boys
A fucking classic.
This is the link that gets us from 80s metal to 90s alternative. I only knew Mountain Song and Jane Says but this album could easily be could be on regular rotation.
I've heard various songs by Jane's Addiction on the radio (my peak radio years were the 90's) but never gave anything a full play-through. I enjoyed most of the songs but skipped through a few (the end of Ted, Just Admit It.. couldn't hang onto that one). Good grungy processed fuzzy guitars and drums, and Perry Farrell grinding away on top of it.
This was great, not listened to this artist before will check out more of their stuff Jane says and summertime rolls where highlights
lekkere rock en roll hoor baby!
oeh ja dit is hem. goeie muziek en TETTECOVER
Solid album. One of the few albums that I enjoyed even more 25+ years after I first listened to it.
Jane says - 4 stars
Great LA late 80s rock vibes. Good guitar, lyrics. Some songs got lost in the mix but solid album.
I've heard this band name before, perhaps they had a song on Guitar Hero? Anyway, this album was great. I was worried it would threaten classics week, but I feel like it's good enough to fit in. Some great grunge-y rock. I loved the opener, which I immediately recognized as sampled in the opener to Death Grip's Exmilitary. No big hits that I knew, but this one felt great. Favorite tracks: Up the Beach, Idiots Rule, Jane Says, Summertime Rolls, Ocean Size. Album art: Hubba hubba, am I right? No, this is actually more scary than it is raunchy. Their heads are on fire, they're conjoined. I like this cover though, especially the cow-skin framing. Reminds me of Freddie Gibbs and Madlib's Pinata. 4/5
One of the albums that gets a lot of credit for being a precursor influence on the 90's grunge scene. The writing on this album takes the popular sounds from classic punk, glam rock and power metal to a darker place, but not quite as bleak as a lot of the genre gets known for. There's not single bad song on the record (although Thank You Boys is more of a bit than a song - it's still a nice little diddy). and the band really mixed up the tones and feelings they wanted to portray. There's a song for every mood, but it's so well done that it doesn't feel choppy or out of place. And the songs just keep getting better as the album goes. A must listen for hard rock, grunge or alternative fans. Songs I Already Knew: Mountain Song, Jane Says Favorite Song: Mountain Song Favorite Discovery: Idiots Rule Least Favorite: Ocean Size
Gewoon een vet album. Niets meer, niets minder.
Solid 4.4. Great CD album
Never connected with Jane's Addiction's style, but I respect the ability to bring some weirdness to the mainstream scene! Mountain Song does a lot of heavy lifting bringing this 3-star up to a 4.
Classic from high school for me. Let’s go!!! Lol
J'ai bien aimé aussi, ca déménage. les chansons sont assez bien structuré et l'album s'écoute bien. Ce porte bien pour plusiuers activitées. seulement pas une musqiue d'ambiance. Je connaissais le groupe de nom mais m'y était jamais attardé. C'est une bonne representation de ce courant musicale. 4
Loved the first seven tracks, but found it less likeable from Idiots Rule onwards. Nevertheless, I would recommend.
Made me realise I liked them more than I thought
Venga, un 4.
Vorläufer wirklich guter Musik. Aber eben Vorläufer
This is a 4-star album, because the 5-star one would be Ritual De Lo Habitual.
Dobre, szalone pierdolnięcie. Czwóreczka się należy
Bit hard but not bad
It's a good album, but many of the songs sound similar to me.
Very heavy album...heavier than my usual fare. Having said that there are some very good songs here...Ocean Song, Ted Just Admit It, Jane Says, Summertime Rolls and of course Mountain Song. A really good album with very good guitar playing and some absolutely superb drumming. 4 stars
Need to listen again. Enjoyed the songs I listened to but didnt finish the album
4/5. Better than GnR, and a lot of the funk rock at the time, but it is kinda responsible for ushering it in so… 😬
Pretty rad. Not shocking at all.
Surprisingly diverse for this era of hard rock
More interesting than expected, less squelchy grunge
Awesome classic. Jane Says, Had a Dad and Mountain Song. Never listened as closely as RDLH but really enjoyed it. But will RDLH be included as well?
I first got into Jane's Addiction right before "Been Caught Stealing" came out. "Mountain Song" and "Ocean Size" just... wow. "Pigs In Zen" at the time I really dug, but I can see it being a little cringe-y now. Most of the songs still hold up for me, Perry Farrell is one of the amazing vocalists from the 90s where it's just... wow. I know most people like the one song, but most of this album is really solid for me. It's interesting to hear the band compositions and see how different they are from the songs credited just to Farrell. Most people talk about Farrell, but can I take a moment to mention how stunning Navarro is in this stuff? I think it's a crime that he did not gel as much with Red Hot Chili Peppers that he could have, he could have taken them to another level. This album really sets up the next album to be their peak, but I think of it more as a one-two punch. Really enjoyed coming back to this, it had been a while (although Pigs In Zen I may skip next time around...).
I love how heavy yet sweet this album is. "Jane Says" is actually one of my new favorite songs now. It's just so harsh and sentimental. The whole album sounds great!
This has gone a long way towards rekindling my long lost love of heavier rock. I like this a lot.
Liked this a lot, feels (and looks) like a very 90s alt-rock album even though it was recorded in the 80s.
I’ve given this album a few tries over the years, and I think this time it’s clicked with me the most. Still not the all time classic a lot people see it as, but there aren’t any duds on here, and actually a few amazing songs (like “Jane Says,” an all time great tune IMO)
this was good - it has melody
The singer screams like a cross between David Bowie and Robert ,singing lyrics of urban desolation. Somehow disorganised, the record consists of different genres: heavy metal attacks, mystical psychedelics, the hyper-distorted melodramatic blues in Led Zepplin style. (7/10) LT: Jane Says, Ocean Size
Fav songs: - Had a Dad - Standing In The Shower... Thinking - Summertime Rolls - Pigs in Zen
Very thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. It's got plenty of interesting things going on, not shying away from adding some unconventional instruments into the mix. Loved it! Solid 4.5/5
Con la referencia del otro disco de Jane's Addiction y viendo que este era anterior, pensé que me iba a gustar todavía menos… Pero no, de hecho creo que es muy superior al otro y solamente este debería estar en la lista. Llega a las 4 estrellas aunque no será el disco que marque mi vida ni nada por el estilo; simplemente tiene buenos momentos en bajos, percusiones y guitarras… La voz a veces fastidia pero a veces me gsuta.
Much more interesting than I remember tbh.
Another GREAT album by Janes Addiction! This one predates the whole grunge movement. There’s no grunge influences here. Certainly some psychedelic and flamenco ones though. “Mountain Song” is a straight up rock banger!
I love this band. I love that their music is simple and complex at the same time. It's off the beaten bath. I was a huge fan of Mountain Song and Jane Says in high school.
If you like grunge, you'll dig this. Jane's Addiction have always been one of the forgotten grunge bands, overshadowed by Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, etc. But they have a really fun vibe, a little less dark than the others.
Coming Down the Mountain and Jane Says are classics for me. Jane's addiction feel a little one note to me, but it's a good thing they've got going. Probably a 3.5 for me.
Very cool album. Couple of absolute bangers, couple of haunting ballads, fun listen.
Ya casi tenía decidido ponerle 03 pero justo comenzó a sonar Jane Says, la canción de Jane's addiction que más me gusta. Sube a 4 por esa canción.
There are some awesome sounding songs on this album. I've never given it a true listen, and I should really revisit it more often.
I'd heard of the band but never a song so I wasn't sure what to expect. They were definitely ahead of their time since this reminds me of 90s alt rock but this was released in the 80s. Clearly they knew what was coming and anticipated it before everyone else. I will definitely be listening to this again. 4.5/5
Huh. Did NOT know Jane's Addiction sounded like this other than their one or two singles that still play on the radio. I enjoyed this a lot and will be checking out their other albums.
Good guitar. 7/10
This is actually one of those bands that I have grown to appreciate much more thanks to this 1001 generator. I was pleasantly surprised by Ritual, but Nothing's Shocking is even better. Perry has an amazing voice, and this album is timeless and transcendent. It's crazy that this was released in 1988.
Surprised by the amount of pretty awesome guitar solos here. Mountain Song and Jane Says are all time great songs, but the rest of the album is absolutely solid. If I were to have one knock, a lot of the songs sound quite similar.
Much like when I got Ritual De Lo Habitual on this list, I like this album, though I still don't see myself ever putting on a Janes Addiction album of my own volition. This album certainly feels more revolutionary than the works that came after it by this band. It definitely doesn't sound like an album from 1988, and was clearly highly influential in its time. I had no idea that Jane Says was made this early. I always thought it was mid-90s from the way it sounds 4/5
This album has a lot going for it. Of course, this album is solid alternative rock. Jane’s Addiction is largely responsible for brining alternative rock into the mainstream but what we hear is something more complex. We get sounds from earlier glam and underground rock moving forward through and past hair metal. The band also has its experimental moments and incorporate elements of jazz and a lot of funk. I would’ve liked to have heard this album when it came out because I’m sure it sounded new at the time and we didn’t have some of the more cringeworthy aspects of alternative at the time. It’s truly a great album though.
Yoooo fam dope record
Jane Says was a Camp Wahanowin staple for every Cafe D'Fwago performance. But honestly I have always listened to Ritual de lo Habitual a whole lot more.
Really cool album with a lot of variety and ferocity. I can see where all my favorite bands get their influences from, right here. There wasn't a bad song on here and I definitely want to explore more of their records soon.
Jane says she had a dad who would sing a mountain song while standing in the shower... thinking about pigs in zen. She would say Ted, just admit it... idiots rule. Summertime rolls up the beach as an ocean sized thumbs up is given to this album. Thank you boys. In other words, as good enough of a wake up call as a cup of coffee. Favorites: Up the Beach, Ocean Size, Ted, Just Admit It..., Summertime Rolls, Mountain Song, Jane Says.
Still holds up today.
Its very good
I liked this!
Mostly into the popular songs but still enjoyed
Mix che regala poca pacca a un album che di pacca ne ha bisogno. Chitarre distorte mescolate con la voce, tutto compresso. "Ted, just admit it" pezzone, crescendo di follia. Chitarra un po' ripetitiva, bei giri di basso.
Loved the tone of the lead guitar and how it often seemed to come out of no where and serve you with a fat riff
Yeah, Janes Addiction. Enjoyed clocking the PWEI sample of the yelp in Ocean Size for Get the Girl Kill the Baddies. What a yelp Perry has on him. Not that familiar with Jane Says, must not have been that big over here, always immediately think of Been Caught Stealing. I don't listen to JA much but I like what they are.
A little heavier in the guitar than I normally listen to but the album does have good dynamic swings that aleviate some of the really heavy aspects that don't generally appeal to me. The drumming on this album is absolutely incredible and drives the music with incredible energy. Generally the songs are very good. I enjoyed this album much more than I expected to. It has elements that i find difficult; heavy metal style guitars, high pitched vocals, but somehow the whole works for me. 4 stars
Definitely an album I want to revisit. Jane's Addiction is one of those groups I've always liked but have never listened to their whole discography. Loved the feel of this record though.
Fantastic start to finish
I liked this a lot. Dave Navarro’s guitar playing was incredible. The vocals were sitting in the mix so well melodically. Definitely earned my respect. The lyrics however can be a bit twisted and strange, but that is a personal take and that is the only gripe I have.
It was a jam except for a few songs that were a bit to shock and vulgar for me.
Començament de l'época daurada del rock alternatiu, amb un dels seus millors exemples. Rock intel.ligent i expansiu, amb passatges tan intrincats com bonics. Segurament el millor disc d'un dels grans estendarts del génere
This album really peaked in the middle, with banger after banger, but the beginning and end felt a little same-y. Still very good though, glad to have finally listened to a full album by Jane's Addiction
All over the place, definitely hard to call this album anything specific. But good and the type of music that I feel opened doors towards the modern melded sound. Also - shredded way harder than I expected.
This is my second Jane’s Addiction album. I didn’t take to this quite as much as Ritual De Lo Habitual on the first listen, but it has grown on me more as I listen again. Good stuff!
I'm a big fan of Ritual de lo Habitual but had never bothered listening to the album that came before. There were glimmers of light on Nothing's Shocking but mostly I heard a band that hadn't quite found what they wanted to be yet (or at least what I wanted them to be). More spoodly hard rock than the theatrical circus that was to come.
Good and chill
I love hearing music that is unique, music that's unlike anything I've ever heard before. This was that for me. Such a fantastic mish-mash of genres. So much fun to hear the random instruments they bring in on various songs. The syncopation, the instruments separating and coming back together, the whole glorious cacophony - I'm no music critic, I barely know anything, but this album really tickled me. I'll need to come back to it.
For some reason, I never really checked out this band, but this is a pretty good album. The energy it oozes reminds me a bit of Turnstile, who must have been strongly influenced by this band.
Not really my kind of thing but it does what it sets out to do very well making it a fun and authentic listen. A few duds but Jane Says is a classic track. I think I'll be generous and give it a 4 for being influential and a great album cover, worth a listen for sure.
Great album all the way through. I never really listened to this one before (outside of the radio hits) as it came out when I was a bit too young. I had some of their later albums though.
first listen rough mixing but definitely an assortment of styles
I've heard the album after this and it's good, so this should be ok. Sounds a bit like warrior soul, it's up my street. 3/5.
Not bad alt-rock. Not the biggest 90s alt fan, but I appreciate it. Some heavy hitters in there
Fun listen. Solid 3
I think it was some decent older heavy rock.
Solid rock album that doesn't sound dated despite being from 1988. 3.5
Tienen un no se que, que que se yo.
Not bad. Jane Says and The Mountain Song are still great.
Classic punk. Lacks strong melodies, but entertaining.
Not bad. I like their music, but not really a fan of Perry Farrell's voice.
I don't care for that perry ferrel
I kind of can’t believe this came out in 1988. I wasn’t cool enough to listen to it then, but I definitely spent some time with it in the 90s. Oddly, it’s the only Jane’s album I’ve ever listened to in its entirety. I don’t even really have a good reason for why that is, but now I think there’s a clear divide between the songs they take seriously and the ones where they sound like they’re goofing around with horns and shit. I like the serious ones. “Ocean Size,” “Summertime Rolls,” and “Mountain Song” would have been a hell of an EP.
Better and way more avant than their later stuff.
Really enjoyed it. ***
Super playing but Perry Farrells vocal style still grates and stops this being anymore than ⭐️⭐️⭐️
A solid album, great guitar playing and a great sound but really lacks standout tracks
Interesting sounds, could do with some better material
Yeah I dunno.
i dont like rock im sorry
Not a big Jane's Addiction fan but the album was worth a listen. Perry's vocals are a bit harsh.
This is a little hit and miss. "Ted Just Admit It" is awfully self-indulgent and 7 plodding minutes that don't really go anywhere. Maybe I should just listen a few more times. Mountain Song and Jane Says are such perfect songs tho
Ted, Just Admit It… “sex is violent” reminds me of the Bush lyric in Everything Zen “there’s no sex in your violence.” Was the Bush lyric a call back to this song? I wonder. Speaking of Bush, an aside because they are not on the 1001 list. Bush is a strange band for me. None of their albums stand out on their own, a bunch of 2 & 3 stars. However, a compilation of their 10 best songs is really fucking good. Back to Jane’s Addiction. Jane Says is the perfect song for Perry Fewell’s voice and is a great song. I love the bass opening to Mountain Song. Thank You Boys is nice little interlude. Summertime Rolls is a snoozer for me, and the brass section in Idiots Rule threw me off from the sound of the rest of the album. Second aside: Perry Fewell’s voice reminds me of raspier version of the backing vocalist from Sunny Day Real Estate. Specifically I’m reminded of In Circles off The Diary album. I ended up going down the Sunny Day Real Estate rabbit hole, which was refreshing. Perry Fewell does stretch his voice too far sometimes, crossing over the line where it is annoying, but not often. Third aside: While trying to figure out this voice similarity, I found out that Perry Fewell founded Lollapalooza, and he still produces it today. This is interesting. The second year the second stage had such acts as Tool, Rage Against The Machine, and Stone Temple Pilots at various tour stops. What a line up! Asides aside: I like this album. I don’t love it. I probably won’t seek it out again, but I would enthusiastically listen again if someone puts it on.
With a full listen, I liked this album more than I thought it would, though there are still things about it that grate on me. The overall musicianship is solid, the sound is tight, and the production is first rate, but much of it has a sound that just doesn't trip my receptors. Let's start with the obvious track: I think someone played Jane Says on the juke box every single time I was in Atomic Billiards in the 90s (and that was a LOT), and with such repetition, the song lost some of it's impact for me. Hearing it afresh, in context of the album, it is the absolute stand out on the album, the one place where Ferrell's voice absolutely fits with the sonic landscape around him. Unfortunately, none of other tracks quite rise to Jane's level, with the possible exception of Summertime Rolls. Otherwise, I'm not crazy about Perry's wailing - it's ok when it's providing texture, almost like another instrument, but it's tough for me as the lead vocal line. I imagine it's like Geddy Lee's voice for some listeners of Rush. I loved the opening instrumental and the intro to track 2, but then the grunge guitars kicked in - that aggressive, fuzzy sound was so overused in the 90s and wears on me pretty quickly. Ditto the machine gun drum sounds like are used on Mountain Song. But I love the heavy bass lines used throughout the album, and the playfulness of the brass hits in Mountain Song and the steel drums in Jane Says, genre-bending musicality that says they're more than just grunge rockers. I only wished they pushed against that even more.
Probably trailblazing when it came out. The success of alt-rock makes it sound like everything that came after.
Good start, liking the intro. Out of this album I knew only of Jane Says. Pretty good album. 3of5 for me.
Eh.. to punky
I'm not much of a fan of Jane's addiction. The lead singer's voice doesn't work for me. The music itself is mostly great if played loud. Enjoyable, but not great for me. I'm sure other's love it and and I have no problem with that. I'm sure if I listen again sometime in the future maybe it will capture me more than it did this listen.
Nothing's Shocking strikes a decent balance between a loud, abrasive, edgy, and a more mellow, mysterious and subtle sound. Absolute highlights are the guitar solo on Ocean Size, the energetic vocals on Had a Dad and Mountain Song, and the funky sounds on Jane Says. I do think that Standing in the Shower sounds too uninspired and unoriginal, Summertime is excessively slow, and Ted overstays its welcome by a couple of minutes. 3/5.
The album was alright. It wasn't really memorable.
“Nothing’s Shocking” by Jane’s Addiction (1988) Well, of course nothing’s shocking on an album that’s almost fully intended to shock. Check your scruples at the door. That’s the conceptual point by lead singer/songwriter Perry Ferrell, who in this debut outing is good, but has not yet hit his lyrical stride. Now this exercise in non-shock is performed with shocking brilliance. There was something deep within rock aficionados in 1988 that realized this was where it was heading all along. From the opening track, the listener is treated to symphonic sounds from only three instruments. Expansively arranged, with echo, sustain, reverb and chorus effects. This is great studio work. Very heavy and very cool, with occasional interruptions of acoustic purity. Dave Navarro’s lead guitar riffs are intricate and compelling, and his power rhythm is variegated and energizing. Bass by Eric Avery and drums by Stephen Perkins are outstanding. Listen to the first thirty seconds of “Ted, Just Admit It”, then listen to the rest of the album with a new appreciation of how a ‘rhythm section’ can do much more that just ‘keep the beat’. The compositions and arrangements excel even when they slow down (e.g., “Summertime Rolls”). When they drop the energy, they flower. It’s beautiful—reminiscent of Pink Floyd. The song “Jane Says” is a rough explanation of the meaning of the band’s name, depicting the hopelessness and painful baggage of an untranscendable bondage to fleeting pleasure—in this case, the real life heroin addiction of the real life Jane Bainter. Melodies are underdeveloped and lazily repetitious—stuck on the fifth (‘sol’). This results in stunted lead vocals. One senses that Ferrell has the talent, but isn’t using it. Since he wrote the songs, there is no one else to blame. While this album is not quite as good as the follow up “Ritual de lo Habitual” (1990), it still excels. It’s not suitable for philosophers, theologians, political theorists, or schoolmarms, but for mere mortals, it sings. (And please don’t be shocked that the chair on the cover rocks sideways.) 3/5
Ik ken vooral de latere platen van Jane's Addiction, maar dit debuutalbum vond ik eigenlijk ook erg ok.
This is a solid transition album, sitting right in between 80s hair-metal and 90s grunge/emo stuff. I like angry sounding guitars and angsty lyrics. Great listen - not sure it's really all that special, but Jane's Addiction had a unique sound and were clearly influential.
Sold album…enjoyed it a lot
Pretty aight, give another listen
I enjoyed this more than I expected. I had generally associated these dudes with a lot of bands and 'sounds' I hated growing up but I think I outgrew that. Good stuff
I was a little bored, but they have a lot of passion and that counts for a lot.
It's Janes Addiction, if you like em, you'll love this and if not this won't change your mind, it's always been about their sound.
Second Listen. Good Stuff. 3/5 still getting to know this album.
Nicht so meins…
I went into this expecting to really dislike it. Retroactively billed as a missing link from the hair-metal and hard rock excess of the 80s to the alternative rock and grunge of the early 90s, Jane’s Addiction didn’t do anything for me on paper. Things began predictably enough (though not unlistenable) with sludgy power chords, atomic drums and flashy lead guitar a-plenty on “Up the Beach”. My interest dropped further with “Had a Dad”- mostly built around an uninspired riff that felt flat and tired- and “Ted, Just Admit It…” - a stand-out bass part, but didn’t justify its length with, like, really profound musings on Ted Bundy and society and stuff. (Note to self: Quoting serial killers does not an edgy band make.) What turned me round? Mostly when the band strayed from the formula- there were a couple of things I didn’t expect to hear. “Standing in the Shower… Thinking” had a good hook and showcased a lighter, more tongue-in-cheek side to Jane’s Addiction than I expected, but “Summertime Rolls” was the first real curveball. A dreamy foray into psychedelia mostly paid off, with a lilting heartbeat bassline holding it all together. From there we had horns and funk in “Idiots Rule”, the lounge interlude “Thank You Boys”, and the centrepiece “Jane Says”. Structured around a simple ascending progression on acoustic guitar, this track is the pinnacle of the record and what made me want to hear it again. Poignant lyrics and narrative, emphasis on melody, and there are steel drum sounds in it, for god’s sake! “Pigs in Zen” returned to more standard hard-rock fare, and didn’t feel like anything special to close proceedings. Overall I was surprised by how much of the album I found myself enjoying and appreciated the teasing of different genres, but there’s just as much on there that’s not for me. I’m happy to acknowledge it as a “missing link” but unlikely to ever call it a favourite.