It’s hard to believe that a quarter-century has passed since the breezy, steel drum-laden “Jane Says” entered the collective musical conscience. The song and the album from which it came, 1988’s Nothing’s Shocking, catapulted Jane’s Addiction to the top of the alternative rock heap and cemented the band as one of the most original and inspiring acts of the era. The album is a mix of influences and genres—Led Zeppelin, jazz, funk, avant garde rock—wrapped in a post-punk aesthetic.
On Friday, September 19 original members Perry Ferrell (vocals), Dave Navarro (guitar), and Stephen Perkins (drums) will be honored with the Elmer Valentine Award at the House of Blues Sunset Strip. Named after the late co-founder of the Whiskey A-Go-Go, The Rainbow Bar and Grill, and the Roxy, the award honors those who have had a profound artistic and cultural influence on the Sunset Strip. Past recipients include Ozzy Osbourne, the Doors, Joan Jett, Slash, Motley Crue, and the surviving co-founders of the aforementioned venues.
Jane’s Addiction got its start on the Strip in the late ’80s, recording a live album at the Roxy before its first studio album was ever released. The band’s early live shows were reportedly sights to behold, filled with chaos and raw energy. Contemporaries such as Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine cite the band as formidable influences.
Following Friday’s ceremony, the band will headline the Sunset Strip Music Festival on Saturday night, where fans will get to hear Nothing’s Shocking in its entirety a stone’s throw from where it all began.