November 20, 2019 Playlist

"Nothing's Shocking" by Jane's Addiction (1988)
Jane's Addiction "Nothing's Shocking"  1988 (USA) 
The 1980's were a very lame decade for mainstream music, but one of the greatest eras ever for "the underground scene." In particular, by the second half of the eighties Top 40 radio was appalling dreck such as probably had never been heard on the radio since radio was invented (remember those superstars like Paula Abdul, Whistesnake and Bryan Adams? Even earlier 80's stars like Madonna and Flock Of Seagulls were far more interesting.) However, at the same time the DIY punk, metal, and hiphop underground scenes were producing legendary artists and classic albums. By the dawn of the 1990's, rap, "grunge" punk and "real metal" ruled the pop culture zeitgeist and the pop charts. And falling between the cracks, there was Jane's Addiction. A Zepplinesque quartet with a mystical L.A. surfer/hippie vibe, Jane's managed to be edgy during a lame era while also appealing to classic rock traditions. Nothing's Shocking was the their first studio album and it got a lot more notice than their debut, which was a live album released on a small label. Though it was the follow-up Ritual De Lo Habitual (1990) that went platinum, they then broke up just as the "grunge-a-palooza" began in earnest. In fact, JA lead singer Perry Farrel was the guy who started the famous Lollapalooza concert festivals in the 1990's, though he was in a different band by that point (Porno For Pyros, remember them?)
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year Country
Bad BrainsIRock For Light1983USA
MelvinsAntitoxidoteEggnog EP1991USA
SoundgardenHands All OverLouder Than Love1989USA
Sonic Youth(She's In A) Bad MoodConfusion Is Sex1983USA
Kim Gordon Hungry BabyNo Home Record (N)2019 (Matador)USA
Guided By Voices DownerSweating The Plague (N)2019 (GBV Inc.)USA
The Replacements We Know The Night (studio outtake with Tom Waits)Dead Man's Pop (N)rec. 1989 (2019 Rhino/Warner)USA
Ariel Pink Gates Of XiongOdditties Sodomies Vol. 2 (N)rec. 1996-2003 (2019 Mexican Summer)USA
Moon Duo Eye 2 EyeStars Are The Light (N)2019 (Sacred Bones)USA
The Babe Rainbow Morning SongToday (N)2019 (Flightless)Australia
Tropical Fuck Storm Who's My Eugene?Braindrops (N)2019 (Joyful Noise)Australia
ORB Glitch In The Sky MatrixThe Space Between (N)2019 (Flightless)Australia
Jane's AddictionOcean SizeNothing's Shocking
Jane's AddictionSummertime RollsNothing's Shocking
Jane's AddictionMountain SongNothing's Shocking
Jane's AddictionJane Says (live)Jane's Addiction1987USA
NirvanaHeart Shaped BoxIn Utero1993USA
PixiesWave Of MutilationDoolittle1989USA
Digital UndergroundThe Humpty DanceSex Packets1990USA
Cypress HillThe Phuncky Feel OneCypress Hill1991USA
The Beastie BoysSabotageIll Communication1994USA
Joy DivisionIsolationCloser1980UK
PavementFame ThrowaSlanted & Enchanted1992USA
WeenDon't Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy)Pure Guava1992USA
Cornershop6 a.m. Jullander ShereWoman's Gotta Have It1995UK
The Beta BandShe's The OneThe 3 EP's (compilation)1998UK
Rip Rig & PanicTax SexI Am Cold1982UK
Mr. TNo Dope, No DrugsMr. T's Commandments1984USA
Luscious JacksonLP RetreatNatural Ingredients1994USA
The Future Sound Of LondonSnake Hips
   / Smokin' Japanese Babe
Far-Out Son Of Lung And The Ramblings Of A Madman EP1995UK
Swans Leaving Meaningleaving meaning. (N)2019 (Young God/Mute)USA
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