Jane's Addiction

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2012 (The 2013 Induction Ceremony)

Nominated in: 2017   

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2016 (ranked #233) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Nothing's Shocking (1988)
Ritual De Lo Habitual (1990)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Jane Says (1988)
Mountain Song (1988)
Been Caught Stealin' (1990)

Jane's Addiction @ Wikipedia

Jane's Addiction Videos

Will Jane's Addiction be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


33 comments so far (post your own)

They should get in based on their influence... and this is coming from someone who can't stand Perry Farrell.

Posted by Chris on Sunday, 08.6.06 @ 15:45pm

Has anyone ever heard of the Lollapalooza festival? No question, JA should be inducted the first year they are eligible. They were the most influential band of the 90's...

Posted by Jeff on Sunday, 01.7.07 @ 20:10pm

Best band ever! I actually sorta mean that.

For what it's worth, Jeff, Nothing's Shocking came out in '88.

Posted by Al on Wednesday, 01.24.07 @ 08:23am

People completely forget that period between the late seventies and the appearence of grunge in the nineties. Jane's addiction was that period, forget about titles like grunge glam , alternative, and hard rock. they transcend all genres and are who the are. Stephen perkins is probably the third best drummer behind bohnam and chad smith. Avery and Perry penned some of the best themed songs of the decade, and lets not forget about Dave navaro, what a shame that he is not recgnoized more for his talents as a guitar player, acustic, electric, and whatever else. the best part of his playing is that hes not all look at me type player like that asswipe van halen or any other one of those peices of shit his talents are his legacy not how fast or technical he got, instead hell be rediscovered as a melodic player possibly only second to plant.

Posted by Tony on Monday, 03.19.07 @ 13:05pm


Posted by CAYCE on Friday, 03.23.07 @ 08:38am

I love their music..not sure if they will get in but I am hoping!

Posted by PJ on Wednesday, 05.16.07 @ 20:01pm

Love this band - they belong.

Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 11.24.07 @ 10:10am

This is a no-brinaer. The "Freak Merchants" that were Jane's Addiction will never be duplicated. Their music pierces so deep into the soul that you can't ignore it. They were genius on every level, and their music is constantly moving you into many different directions (at the same time). Without a doubt, the most underrated band ever. Jane's belongs at the top of Mount Rockmore with the greats. They are that good and that influential.

Posted by Burto on Tuesday, 12.11.07 @ 16:11pm

I f*cking hate this band. What a pile of sh*t.

Still, the two (maybe three, but that'd be pushing it extremely far) good albums they had marks them out as heads and shoulders above RHCP.

I'd probably hate them a little bit less if Perry Farrell wasn't such an amazingly sh*tty singer. "Pioneer of alternative", my ass.

Posted by Liam on Friday, 03.21.08 @ 15:11pm

This is another example for the De Young/Perry effect that has hit this site. Jane's Addiction has a few good songs, but nothing to write home about if you're judging for the Hall. Farrell on the other hand is arguably the most influential person in rock over the past 20 yrs. All of that influence is outside the band, though.

Steve Perry/Dennis De Young - the influence is all in the band

Perry Farrell/Bob Geldof - Everything but the band

Yet oddly enough Farrell and Geldof are locks for induction.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 07.30.08 @ 05:55am

Cheese - I have to disagree with you on a couple of points here. I think Jane's Addiction's fans can certainly make a case for them. They were unique, good songwriters and at least IMO, excellent musicians. Farrell's voice was somewhat painful at times, but it worked well within the structure of the band. You cannot pigeon-hole this band into any specific type of genre. They crossed lanes with no problems what-so-ever. I like J.A.

As for Geldorf; there is no arguement that can be made for his induction as a musician/singer. If they want to put him him as a non-musician/charity king - that's fine. But it better not have anything to do with his music, because he music was not all that special.

Posted by Dameon on Wednesday, 07.30.08 @ 06:08am

Jane's Addiction should be inducted to a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame because they are one of the first bands that helped create the "funk metal" genre, along with Fishbone, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faith No More, Primus and Living Colour.

Posted by Kevin on Monday, 10.13.08 @ 18:20pm


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I like Mountain Song.

Posted by Mike on Sunday, 01.11.09 @ 14:34pm

definitely in. Nothing's Shocking is one of the best ever. Listen to Mountain Song, Ted, Just Admit It..., Ocean Size to name a few. Three Days is an amazing track from Ritual de lo Habitual. Farrell's voice is plant-esque, Navarro is an underrated guitar player, Avery's songwriting and bass playing is the foundation for their unique sound, and Perkins might be one of the best drummers ever. But, i'm a huge fan, so what do I know. Plus I'm deaf.

Posted by yes on Tuesday, 01.20.09 @ 10:47am

Sucks for Jane's Addiction that Mountain Song is on Guitar Hero.

Posted by Mike on Friday, 01.30.09 @ 18:26pm

Sad that many people my age don't know them! :(

But its true you CANNOT deny their influence - EVEN Kurt Cobain cited them as an influence of Nirvana's... And bands like Incubus would not exist if it weren't for the trailblazing path these guys made!

Get Jane's Addiction in!!!

Posted by Antonio on Friday, 04.3.09 @ 05:03am

He can so sing. If anyone else sang for JA, they's suck. Completely.

Posted by Chylsy on Tuesday, 09.29.09 @ 11:04am

Yup, they belong. And I really don't care for Farrell or Navarro.

Posted by Chalkie on Saturday, 05.15.10 @ 11:32am

Yes they deserve it, if only for Lollapalooza. Doesn't hurt that they made some great music, and were first wave American Alternative.

Posted by Sam on Saturday, 07.10.10 @ 16:07pm

JA invented the term "alternative music" It did not EXIST before this band as a genre. Their music was in fact truely alternative because people could not squeeze their mixture of blues, jazz, rock, punk, funk, tribal, metal, spirital, industrial and goth into one style. They blended everything seamlessly. Sadly the press latched onto this word and called every other crappy plain rock band after JA "Alternative" even though none of them were in any shape or form alternative, they were just plain old vanilla hard angry rock bands aka "grunge". IMO , JA was the only alternative band that really ever truly existed in the 90s.

Posted by mrfixit on Sunday, 12.26.10 @ 17:32pm

Having actually been around in the 80s, I can confirm that the above post is revisionist and outrageously incorrect.

Posted by DarinRG on Sunday, 12.26.10 @ 18:10pm

Having been born in the 80's I'm with Darin on this one. Alternative was around long before Jane's Addiction. Possibly with The Velvet Underground, or somewhere between there and R.E.M.'s Murmur (I know somebody suggested Unknown Pleasures as the beginning).

"IMO , JA was the only alternative band that really ever truly existed in the 90s."

Revisionist and incorrect, yes, just like when somebody else claimed that Genesis was the only prog band in the Hall. As for the above claim: I think the existence Nirvana, Tool, Smashing Pumpkins, Faith No More, Blur, Pulp and Suede suggests otherwise.

Posted by Sam on Saturday, 01.1.11 @ 06:25am

"Stephen perkins is probably the third best drummer behind bohnam and chad smith."

Except that those aren't the two greatest drummers of all time.

Posted by Sam on Saturday, 04.2.11 @ 05:24am

If you consider who is actually in the Rock Hall, Jane's Addiction as a first-ballot entry is obvious. Let's have some perspective; they're not Dylan or The Beatles, but you can't possibly say that JA is undeserving when you have the likes of Alice Cooper and ABBA in the hallowed hall. You don't have to love Perry Farrell's voice to recognize that JA was tremendously influential and boundary-pushing, wildly popular, and critically-acclaimed. The only thing they didn't have was tremendous longevity, unless you count the re-formation in the late 90s and subsequent release of a generally forgettable "Strays." But those albums in the late 80s and early 90s really cemented them as a force that co-opted metal away from the cheesy big hair crowd and made it possible for bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Pavement, and Radiohead to get on the radar of the record companies and rock mags. That is not to say those bands aren't deserving of recognition -- only that Jane's Addition's pure music, coupled with their unbridled dedication to promotion of alternative music through Lollapalooza in the 90s, laid a lot of groundwork for the direction music went 20 years ago.

Posted by Diamond Dog on Sunday, 04.3.11 @ 05:19am

i would really like to see them up there with the big boys like metallica and led zeppelin... the only thing missing is their bass player didnt die for a few minutes of a heroine o.d. in slashs hotel room (caugh caugh nikki sixx) whaaat

Posted by yo mama on Saturday, 02.18.12 @ 18:41pm

I agree yo. Mama! Let's hope they get in

Posted by Happy on Saturday, 02.18.12 @ 21:40pm

Diamond Dog is absolutely right! They were the first Alternative band to make it big and laid out the groundworks for Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine and others.

Posted by BradTheBluefish on Thursday, 02.23.12 @ 11:58am

uh...whats with all the "was" talk? I believe "The Great Escape artist" is their best record.

Posted by deadmanwade on Friday, 02.24.12 @ 16:58pm

Saw band at Bunbury back in July. What a show! They start out having a set with 2 20' tall naked women sculptures holding up a shield with 'JA' on it (that must have set them back 80 grand or so) & then they have these 2 hot women dressed in bondage outfits that sashay around the stage & 'communicate' with Perry as he belts out the hits. Dave Navarro never sings a word, in fact he generally is smoking a cig as he shreds on the guitar. Loved their set.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 12.28.12 @ 08:27am

what a great band of musicians. !

Posted by Happy on Sunday, 10.6.13 @ 12:04pm

I had written some reasons, but then something fails and dissapeared, so, just YES.

Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 22:23pm

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