Jane’s Addiction is like your slutty girlfriend who no matter how much she fools around she’s just too great to cut loose. The band is coming up on 30 years together in various incarnations (they swap bass players like Spinal Tap swaps drummers), and during that time the members have enjoyed numerous solo and side projects.
I love that the Jane’s guys have flexed their creative muscles whenever and wherever they wanted to. I’ve left out the non-recording side projects, but they’re pretty awesome, too.
So here we go: A bunch of great Jane’s-related cuts you may have missed:
Jody left to visit a childhood friend in Los Angeles. I worked, went to class, and kicked around our too-expensive apartment. I missed her, and I didn’t like being alone. No, I hated it. I was terrified by it, like I was all those years ago when I turned around and I found my daddy gone.
Let’s get this out of the way: This has nothing to do with Marc “Tainted Love” Almond from Soft Cell. Mark-Almond was a kind of mellow jazz band that was most prolific in the early seventies. Their sound was a bit like the theme to a couple falling in love on The Love Boat’s Lido Deck.
The beer reviews continue this week with North Coast Brewing’s Acme California Pale Ale. Did I like it? Love it? Want to marry it and have little Acme babies? If you read my review will I stop asking you rhetorical questions?
It means not only being willing to write about the time you pissed your pants, but also to write the simple line “I pissed my pants,” not “the familiar warmth of micturition blossomed like a dark, briny lily pad across my trouser front.”
Internalizing that notion took a lot of years, but when asked for a writing tip this is what I always offer: Be honest. Nothing else really matters.
My new Starship Records salary meant that I grossed my monthly rent in a single week. Jody and I had money in our pockets for the first time, a little breathing room. But if there’s on immutable law of finance it’s this: money abhors a vacuum.
This is a fun one to collect. Trevor Spencer and Alan Tarney were a couple of Aussies most notable for backing up Cliff Richard. They released three albums of their own, of which Run For Your Life was the last.