The seminal, 1988 alt-rock classic gets a clear vinyl reissue; $23. Streets 10/3
"Without Jane's Addiction, there might still have been a Soundgarden, an Alice in Chains, a Nine Inch Nails, a Rage Against the Machine, and even a Nirvana, but they wouldn't sound the same. As Tom Morello said when inducting Jane's into Guitar Center's Rock Walk of Fame in June 2011: "Nirvana often gets credit for being the first ‘alternative' band to break through, the band that changed music and led rock out of the hair metal wilderness of the '80's. That's just not true. It was Jane's Addiction."
As the years have passed, Jane's Addiction have kept pace in a modern culture that the band helped to expand and progress. They didn't invent the metal fan who also loves rap. That kid already existed. So did the Goth kid who also owned Zeppelin records. But before all music and information was instantly available, Jane's did enlighten the metal fan who'd never even had a chance to hear rap - or industrial or prog or British indie - and that metal fan is better and more open-minded for it. And now, so are their children. "
In 1988, Jane's Addiction saved my life," Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has said. Jane's didn't invent modern rock, but they turned modern rockers
into an enduring and inclusive tribe. "Jane's was the only band I saw in those times who had that ‘I-will-follow-them-anywhere type' of crowd.
There were a lot of great bands around at that time," Henry Rollins told Spin, 'but Jane's had this tribal thing happening with their fans. It
was very powerful.'"