Jane's Addiction

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About Jane's Addiction

Named after a housemate of frontman Perry Farrell, Jane’s Addiction was one of the first alternative rock bands to break into the mainstream in the late ’80s. ∙ Their most successful LPs—1988’s Nothing’s Shocking and 1990’s Ritual de lo Habitual—are ranked among Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. ∙ Farrell, who coined the term “Alternative Nation,” cocreated the iconic Lollapalooza festival, with the inaugural 1991 event intended as the band’s farewell tour. ∙ “My Cat’s Name Is Maceo,” from the 1997 compilation Kettle Whistle, featured jazz great Maceo Parker playing alto saxophone. ∙ Farrell credited Entourage star Adrian Grenier with getting the HBO show’s producers to use “Superhero” as the theme song. ∙ Alice Cooper chose their chart-topping 1990 hit “Been Caught Stealing” among his list of essential recordings on the BBC radio program Desert Island Discs. ∙ Jane’s Addiction received their first nomination to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

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