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Jane's Addiction Biography


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Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
Years Active: 1985–1991, 1997, 2001–2004, 2008–present
Genres: Alternative Rock


Jane's Addiction is an American alternative rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. The band's original line-up featured vocalist Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, bassist Eric Avery and Stephen Perkins. After breaking up in 1991, Jane's Addiction briefly reunited in 1997 and again in 2001, both times with Avery declining to participate. In 2008, the band's classic line-up, featuring Avery, reunited and embarked on a world tour. Avery subsequently left the band in early 2010 as the group began work on new material.

Jane's Addiction was one of the first bands to emerge from the early 1990s alternative rock movement to gain mainstream media attention and commercial success in the United States. Their initial farewell tour launched the first Lollapalooza festival, an annual touring alternative rock showcase. As a result, Jane's Addiction became icons of what Farrell dubbed the “Alternative Nation.”

Their debut album, “Nothing's Shocking,” was released in 1988 on Warner Bros. Records. The album was a failure on the music charts only reaching #103 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, however, the album was certified 2× multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Three singles, “Jane Says,” “Mountain Song” and “Ocean Size,” were released from the album in 1988 and 1989 respectively. Their debut single “Jane Says,” became their first chart entry on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, peaking at #6. The song was the only song from “Nothing's Shocking” to enter any Billboard chart.

In 1990, the group released their second studio album, “Ritual de lo Habitual.” It reached the Top 20 of the Billboard 200 and is also their highest-selling album to date, going 3× multi-platinum in the U.S. The album featured four singles including the #1 Alternative singles “Stop!“ and “Been Caught Stealing.” After this album, they took a 13 year hiatus away from new music, however, releasing six compilation and live albums between 1987 and 2009.

“Strays” was their first full-length studio album in 13 years, released on Capitol Records in 2003. The gold certified album peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200, marking their highest placement to date. The albums lead single, “Just Because,” became their first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. The song also became their first Top 5 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, as well as their third #1 on the Alternative Songs chart.

After a four year hiatus, Jane's Addiction reunited in 2008 and in 2011 released the single, “End to the Lies,” from their upcoming fourth album, “The Great Escape Artist.”