Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My Addiction for Jane's Addiction

No 12-Step is needed. Rehab? No No No - to borrow a phrase. Jane's Addiction is the awesome. My gateway drug to the Addiction came in the form of their video for "Mountain Song" on MTV's 120 Minutes. Watching lead singer Perry Farrell twist, turn and shreik was almost too much for my 14-year-old body. He did something to me. Some kind of thermopheremonalerotic exchange took place between televised Perry and my adolescent self. Almost immediately, I took my allowance and bought my copy of Nothing Shocking. I played Shocking every single day. Before I went to school each morning and before I went to sleep at night. My folks didn't know what to make of it. Dad called it "devil music" and feared for my immortal soul. (I hoped he would show more empathy since he introduced me to Iron Butterfly's "In a Gadda Da Vida" and who knows what kind of demons we summoned listening to that.) Perhaps, it was my playing the song "Ted, Just Admit It." around the house that spooked them. (I guess a song about serial killer Ted Bundy may been too much for the familial unit's sensibilities.) Shocking was followed by Ritual De Lo Habitual. Yep, more "devil music" around the house. Oh well, the spell was cast. I was hooked. Still am.

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