30 Years Ago: Jane's Addiction Releases "Nothing's Shocking"

August 23, 2018

On August 23rd, 1988, Jane's Addiction's second album, Nothing's Shocking, let the '80s know that the power of '90s alternative/grunge rock were on its way.Consisting of Perry Farrell on vocals, Dave Navarro on guitar, Eric Avery on bass guitar and Stephen Perkins on drums, the foursome brought a new way to sound heavy without slipping into the genres of metal or punk rock, and paved the way for future hard-alternative rock bands like Soundgarden, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Faith No More, and many more into the mainstream.

Because their 1987 self-titled debut album was recorded live, Nothing's Shocking was the band's first studio album.

Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready recalls opening for Jane's Addiction with Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament in their band, Green River, and then breaking up the next day because Jane's Addiction were too good. 

Produced by Dave Jerden (The Beat Farmers, Social Distortion, Alice In Chains). Nothing's Shocking recieved a lot of attention due to hits genre-crossing appeal. However, the album art, which featured a sculpture of nude, conjoined twins with flaming heads, may have affected record sales. Nine out of eleven record stores carrying Nothing's Shocking sold the record wrapped in brown paper, though Navarro says he did not find the image offensive at all.

However, the success of Nothing's Shocking launched Jane's Addiction into being the latest stars of MTV. By the time Nirvana's Nevermind hit stores in 1991, it was then when Jane's Addiction realized what kind of impact they had created.