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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Nipper’s 1998 Jane’s Addiction Article

posted by on January 2 at 17:37 PM

In the comments of this post, I promised commenter DougSF I’d go searching for our lovely receptionist (and the most knowledgable being about music anywhere) Mike Nipper’s take on Jane’s Addiction from 1998. It’s from before we had a website, so it’s not online anywhere except right here.

Nipper laughed when I asked for it. “I pissed off SO MANY assholes with that thing!”

Jane’s Addiction, Live Preview, Key Arena
I bet ya’ll twenty somethings peed yer fuckin’ drawers when you heard Jane’s Addiction was BACK and comin’ to town! “Right ON! Dude, like TOTALLY! Bro, they were my FAVE in like, tenth grade… TOTALLY!” This was too PREDICTABLE! Farrell dumped the “Pornos”, didn’t nobody REALLY like ‘em…and the boy who was in the Chili Peppers…ought I say more? So, “dude”, what else they got? Dammit, I’d PRAYED so hard “grunge” would erase the scars of “white-funk-acid-metal” from pop memory…

I hate late ’80s “alternative/college crossover” crock. WAIT, ‘fore ya’ll get steppin’ up to kick my ass, I DO “respect” them more creative dorks, like the art-pop Pixies, Flaming Lips, though I’d never, fuckin’ EVER listen to ‘em! Dig, “alternative pop”, pre ‘91, resonated English “syth-wave”. BORING! So when Jane’s dripped their funky, acid folk “glam” slathered “alternative”, the kids bought it. I ‘member a flood of “preppies”, “goths”, metal “dudes”, and hippies that assimilated and were suddenly “in the know”, weird…those kids WEREN’T allowed on MY halfpipe. Anyways, when asked “what the fuck” they responded like hippies ravin’ ‘bout the Dead, “Dude, they changed my life, like, Jane’s is totally revolutionary!”. Really? Jane’s “liberated” you? From what? WEREN’T you over the Smiths and Violent Femmes anyway… or were you comin’ around from shit like AC/DC, Skid Row? Now I’d heard Jane’s action and they were “lite”, “sheep in wolves’ clothing”, but “revolutionary”…um, I’d heard Perry was “bi”? Whatever. I ignored ‘em, I figured they were harmless pop, though I WAS rather annoyed by those “Dr. Suess hats.”

It won’t till ‘89 that I got learned how fucked acceptance of “alternative” was. See, I got stuck EVERY weekend with a friend’s high school sweetness, who LOVED Jane’s LOUD, ridin’ ‘round lookin’ fer JOCK parties. Sounds fucked, I KNOW…I’ve no fuckin’ clue why I went ‘cause a PRICK like me couldn’t show my FACE near a swarm of lit up JOCKS who would, UNPROVOKED, beat the livin’ SHIT outta me! So, if we found the party I’d stay in the car, but in through open windows Jane’s flowed. I recall thinkin’, odd, jocks like Jane’s too…wha? OHMYGOD…HA-HA! JOCKS love Jane’s Addiction! Mullet havin’ JOCKS worshipped THE icon revered in the church of the alienated! Damn! It figured for kids still playin’ D&D, but FUGGIN’ JOCKS? The nerds NEVER win! But it stopped being funny once I realized this meant Jane’s was making “alternative” marketable…and you wonder why I got contempt fer the “godfathers of ’90s alternative”? You fuckin’ SQUARES shoulda stayed in yer godamn place…the MALL!

That takes me back.

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there are points to agree about (like jane's addiction were not incredibly talented or revolutionary), but i have to disagree with the fans spoiling the music. it's unfair to criticize a band by who likes it. what mainstream band is safe from that? mad idiots listened to every band at woodstock, every yo mtv raps! single, or every o.c. soundtrack inclusion - that doesn't make their music any worse.

there are 99 other things to criticize jane's addiction for (dude, pornos for pyros - what the fuck? dave navarro was a joke by the time of this reunion tour too), but not their fans.

...although feel free to make fun of their fans.

Posted by cosby | January 3, 2008 9:37 AM

I agree, Cosby, but I'm gonna up the ante: Porno for Pyros had some really good stuff. I saw them live and they were great. There, I said it.

And yes, Jane's Addiction were totally my jam in 10th grade, blah blah blah. In this day and age (or even in 1998), trying to make sure you only listen to music that other cool people listen to (or at least that no lame people listen to) is a very sad way to go through life.

Posted by Levislade | January 3, 2008 10:29 AM

AHAHA so many quotation marks!!! seriously, we never let him write anything, the stranger shouldnt either ;)

ps Ari ... Takes you back to when exactly? Werent you like 12 when this went down? :D

Posted by kevin jones | January 3, 2008 11:17 AM

Is Nipper a Richard Meltzer fan?

Posted by David | January 3, 2008 11:18 AM

Holy hell Nipper, that's a funny write-up, almost strate outt of 1987's "Border Radio" except more annoying. Kool; you a Knitters fan?

Posted by gROOo | January 3, 2008 12:43 PM

ha ha ha... release the Kraken!

Posted by Dougsf | January 3, 2008 12:55 PM

levislade, sorry but as an admitted PfP fan you would been swiftly bounced from my halfpipe as there were no squares and no dirt bikes allowed...bro. I guess we're not close enough to what '80s underground MEANT for the punters to GET what crap like JA and their fans represented (even as I kinda spelled it out! um, tuff, coked up rednecks + faggy, drunk on vodka goths = beat the fuck up goths)...and my attitude is/was certainly not a matter of MY coolness as JA were THE "cool" band, and obviously not being a fan, I was not "cool." Tho' it's awful that someone might go through life trying to only listen to cool music, like rednecks, they shoulda stuck to their White Lion, Bon Jovi and left JA alone, at least then alter-nerds coulda kept something they didn't keep nothing shocking!

Posted by nipper | January 3, 2008 1:11 PM

good lord, nipper--ISSUES. issues well beyond janes addiction or "goths" or "geeks" or any of that, CLEARLY. thats your baggage and you gotta unpack it. also, your grammar is FUNNY.

HOWEVER, i will say that the first lollapalooza festival is the first concert i attended on my own and it did indeed "change my life." for various reasons, not all of which have to do w perry farrell or janes addiction.

ALSO i will tell you about seeing porno for pyros on a WHOLE BUNCH of "acid" and watching a "bozo"-like clown man walk onstage, remove his mask, and begin CUTTING HIS FACE with a straigh razor. it was INSANE and INSANELY AWESOME at the same time.

Posted by jz | January 3, 2008 2:23 PM

JZ, can I skate your halfpipe? Oh, wait . . . I don't skate either. Never mind.

Posted by Levislade | January 3, 2008 2:29 PM

Only dickheads refer to this band as "Jane's".

Posted by DOUG. | January 3, 2008 3:51 PM

Nipper's the only person who's ever written a bout music for the Stranger that I've understood a word of. Well, Kurt Reighley a little, and Everett True. But Nipper KNOWS. And he reviewed a Free Design record. I'd take 30 seconds of that over all the Perry F. efforts ever recorded from here to eternity.

Posted by Fnarf | January 3, 2008 4:24 PM

Hey Nipper,

Remember that time we were sitting on the flat of your ramp at dusk, lightly strumming "Jane Says" on your Ovation. I wept a bit, and then we made a pact to never cut our bangs. It was all so magical until those dudes pulled up in the black Monte Carlo and poured my peach Bartles & James all over my INXS "Kick" t-shirt.

Remember? Me neither.

Posted by FAT TAKO | January 3, 2008 4:51 PM

Gads, Nipper, that takes me back! Good shit.

'member that one time we were breakdancing? Those were the days.

Posted by Rocky | January 4, 2008 3:59 PM

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