Editors’ Notes “Been Caught Stealing,” Jane’s Addiction’s biggest mainstream hit, introduced many to the California band’s countercultural philosophy: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, in this case via shoplifting. It’s hilarious, and not just because of the video, with its turkey-swiping crossdresser. As Up From the Catacombs demonstrates, JA’s blend of metal guitars (Dave Navarro), punk attitude, and the general embrace of a slightly blurry “alternative” wasn’t always so bright. Collecting tracks from four studio LPs and a revamped “Jane Says” from the Kettle Whistle grab bag, the set captures many of Perry Farrell’s lyrical brainstorms matched with what was at its best a very powerful sonic blend. “Had a Dad” bemoans life under an apparently empty sky, while “Ted, Just Admit It” is Farrell’s overblown statement on a violent society. (“Ted” is Bundy, the serial killer who was still awaiting execution when the song was recorded.) Catacombs draws largely on a pre-Nevermind moment, but finds the quartet’s ethos still exciting. Turn it up.

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Stop
1
4:13
 
Ocean Size
2
4:20
 
Whores
3
4:06
 
Ted, Just Admit It...
4
7:23
 
Ain't No Right
5
2:44
 
Had a Dad
6
3:45
 
Been Caught Stealing
7
3:34
 
Just Because
8
3:51
 
Three Days
9
10:47
 
I Would for You
10
3:53
 
Classic Girl
11
5:09
 
Summertime Rolls
12
6:20
 
Mountain Song
13
4:05
 
Pigs In Zen
14
4:32
 
Jane Says
15
6:17
 

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