Jane's Addictionfeatures Perry Farrell (vocal), Dave Navarro (guitar), Eric Avery (Bass), and Stephen Perkins (percussion). They formed their band in Los Angeles in the 1980's and broke up in 1991. They reunited and toured in 1997 and returned again in 2000 before they broke up again. Their style of music was a combination of punk rock, heavy metal, gothic rock, and psychedelic rock. The band was one of the first rock groups of this type to gain media attention and success in the United States. The group ranked number 35 in VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.
Perry Farrell was in a previous band known as Psi-com. In the summer of 1985 he was searching for a bass player for the band and was introduced to Eric Avery. The band was faltering but they tried to keep it together. The two men began to practice together and later they were introduced to the duo Stephen Perkins and Dave Navarro. The band was named after Jane Bainter who was Farrellís heroin shooting housemate. The band became a hit in the nightclubs in the Los Angeles area. The groups first record was, Janeís Addiction, which was released live with Triple X Records. They signed with Warner Bros. Records but they wanted their first release to be under the Triple X labe. Their debut album, Nothingís Shocking, was released in 1988. It was certified gold and the band was nominated for the inaugural Grammy Award for the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental in 1989.
The bandís real breakthrough came in 1990 with the release of Ritual de la Habitual. The singles Stop and Been Caught Stealing rated at the top of the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks Chart and their video for the song, Won, was the first MTV Video Music Award for Best Alternative Video. The same year, Perry farrell organized the first Lollapalooza Festival and featured not only his band but also included ButtholeSurfers, Nine Inch Nails, Siouxsie & The banshees, Rollins Band, Living Colour, and Ice-T.
In the 1990's, the band members pursued other interests. Farrell and Perkins formed another band, Porno for Pyros. They had some success with two albums. Avery and Navarro formed a band called Deconstruction and released an album in 1994. The band came back together after a while and began touring again. In 2003 they toured extensively. In 2003 the band broke up again, so the members have moved on and are working on their careers with new groups and the Lollapalooza Festival which was reincarnated. The groupís greatest hit album was, Up From the Catacombs - The Best of Janeís Addiction was released in September, 2006.
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