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In the eyes of the cultural mainstream (and most of the music business), 1980s Los Angeles was simply a sea of spandex, a synthetic breeding ground for cookie-cutter hair-metal hopefuls vying to be the next Ratt, Poison or Warrant.
But the music of Jane’s Addiction reflected a much different reality. Like the Doors two decades earlier, the band — vocalist Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, bassist Eric Avery and drummer Stephen Perkins — drew upon the darker, druggier and more exotic aspects of the City of Angels to create songs that were both viscerally immediate and shrouded in poetic mystery. Jane’s Addiction rocked hard, as well (harder than many of their Sunset Strip contemporaries, in fact), but they did so while mixing elements of funk, goth and world music into the equation, resulting in a deeply personal sound that struck a resounding chord with alternative music fans of the late Eighties and early Nineties.
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