Nothing's Shocking
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Nothing's Shocking

August 23, 1988

Song Title
Up The Beach
Ocean Size
Had A Dad
Ted, Just Admit It...
Standing In The Shower... Thinking
Summertime Rolls
Mountain Song
Idiots Rule
Jane Says
Thank You Boys
Pig's In Zen

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 23, 1988
  • Release Date: August 23, 1988
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 1988 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 45:19
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  • ASIN: B004H1EAJA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,561 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The masterpiece of its generation. June 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
One of the most original and unique records of its era, "Nothing's Shocking" is the album that turned into the bar for alternative music. In many ways the LA variant of grunge, Jane's Addiction successfully combines the sounds of '70s arena rock with a punk sensibility and a post-punk feel, adding Perry Farrell's esoteric and often dense lyrics on top of this. While commercial success would follow with "Ritual de lo Habitual", its controversial artwork and its hit single, this is in my assessment the superior album, and the benchmark for alternative music since. Its a testament to Jane's Addiction that few records have been able to match this.

Admittedly, Jane's is probably not for everyone-- its hard to deny the instrumental prowess of this band: guitarist Dave Navarro can wail away with the best of them, and its through him that the influence of '70s and '80s arena sounds come through. Bassist Eric Avery has a very different sensibility, if there's one thing about Avery, its that he's really a master of sitting in a pocket, whether featured in a melodic context or even just marching to the guitar line-- he phrases slightly off to provide that sort of groove feeling. And drummer Stephen Perkins is probably the best of his generation, with a fine technique and an expressiveness that is really quite rare to find in modern drummers. But the band's calling card is really Perry Farrell, and he's the kind of thing you sort of like or dislike straight off-- his kind of punk-meets-Queen vocal approach, very much over the top the way Freddie Mercury was, but filtering out much of the technique in place of passion and a raw wail. It's not for everyone.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ages exceptionally well April 6, 2005
By halda
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to believe that this album came out in 1988 and still holds its own as one of the most rock-out albums of all time. Even when standbys such as Mother Love Bone, Fugazi and even Guns 'n Roses sound a little too stale and cliched these days, "Nothing's Shocking" still carries tremendous power in it's super-charged rock sound. Perry Farrell's shrieking, startling vocals never fail to make me take notice.

From the opening bludgeon of "Up the Beach" to the staccato aggressiveness of "Pigs in Zen", this album never lets up. Even the cheeky "Thank You Boys" is delivered with impish delight that could only come from the mind of the half-mad, feral Farrell. Compare Dave Navarro's chops with anything on your local flaccid rock station and you'll see what I mean.

It's high time to treasure this gem all over again.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No talking, all action April 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Nothing's Shocking is one of the most amazing displays of musical force there is. The primal, screaming energy contained within is a revelation in the purest sense. Although it's not nearly as raging today as it was when it was released, it still contains enough power to impress anyone.
The music is incredible. Perry Farrell's manic howls provide some of the best lyrics that can be found in alternative rock. Dave Navarro plays guitar like a maniac, and Eric Avery's bass is what truly helps drive the band, simple yet utterly brilliant. Stephen Perkin's drumming is incredible. Every song on this album is good.
The opener, "Up The Beach" is a sort of swaying, gentle track that provides a perfect introduction. "Ocean Size" hits with the force of a tidal wave - play the song LOUD. "Had a Dad" is melodic and groovy, and truly excellent. "Ted, Just Admit It" is an epic, funky song. "Standing in the Shower . . . Thinking" is a quick, hard blast of funk. "Summertime Rolls" is a great song with a sort of dream-like quality.
"Mountain Song" is simply one of the greatest things ever recorded. The bassline is one of the best ever, and the song explodes with a force that dwarfs most others. Perry howling "coming down the mountain . . ." and "cash in now, honey" will send chills down your spine. "Idiots Rule" rocks. "Jane Says" is a classic, one of the all-time great songs. "Pigs in Zen" is a brilliant, clever, insightful song, listen closely.
Nothing's Shocking is simply an album you have to own.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LIfe Changer April 3, 2005
By a guy
Format:Audio CD
So many people talk about how some album changed their lives, and quite a few of them list this as one of those albums. The reason for that? IT'S TRUE!!!!

NOTHING'S SHOCKING came out when I was in high school and was listening to a lot of heavy metal. To me, what was "alternative" was just new wave crap or weird stuff with no intensity. Little did I know. I heard a guy talking about a song off this album, so I asked a guy I knew who I knew listened to "weird" music and he let me borrow a copy of it. From the first few seconds, I fell in love and asked my friend for more music. He steered me in new directions and I have never looked back. Everyone NEEDS to hear this album to believe it.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an Acid-Trip and a Metal-Funk Explosion in One October 25, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Amazon reviewer says that the songs on this album aren't as good as those on "Ritual De Lo Habitual," but that this album is "much more consistent." What is that supposed to mean? This album DEFINED Janes Addiction and set them apart from the world of hair-band slop during the late Eighties. It's "much more consistent" than "Ritual" because it's much BETTER than "Ritual." "Nothing's Shocking" showed us that bands don't have to follow formulas to be successful. This album defied categorization at the time. Is it metal, like Metallica? Is it alternative, like The Smiths? Is it funk-based like Red Hot Chili Peppers? The answers are, YES, YES, and YES. With Eric Avery's pounding bass-rhythms and Stephen Perkins' virtuoso percussions providing the true foundation of the music, Dave Navarro's trippy/Zep-esque guitars were free to weave a tapestry of sound that was complimented by an unconventional singer/screamer in Perry Farrell. Metalheads could appreciate songs like "Had A Dad," "Mountain Song," and "Pigs in Zen" while the alternative crowd got into the more psychedelic and funk-based songs like "Summertime Rolls" and "Idiots Rule." This is the definitive Janes Addiction album. "Ritual" was more pop-heavy and erratic, wheras this album is dark, often funny, daring, emotional, and much more involved with the human spirit than "Ritual." It really is the perfect encapsulation of the power of Janes Addiction, and it should not be overlooked in favor of their more radio-friendly, but thematically inferior second studio album, "Ritual De Lo Habitual."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
Heard them in the past and thought they were awesome!!! must have this album i thought. and it was new
Published 1 month ago by james hoffard
5.0 out of 5 stars Third time I've bought this CD
I bought this the first time in college in 1989. Lost it sometime in the mid 90s. Bought again. Lost again sometime in 2010. Bought again. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alex G
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
A defining album of the century! They weren't just a band they were a lifestyle. ARTrock not alternative. Read more
Published 6 months ago by chris forker
5.0 out of 5 stars Janes Addiction on vinyl
So if you had to give up your record collection from your youth (darn ex-wife), this is worth picking up. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Billck
4.0 out of 5 stars How To Over-Use The Prefix 'Alt.' -or- Molotov Careers For Everyone!
'I saw the ocean break on the shore' wails Perry Farrell over Navarro's acid-dipped chords while the reckless, pulsating rhythms of Avery and Perkins form a ground-swell of support... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Khyron
5.0 out of 5 stars Still incredible after all these years!
One of my all time favorite albums of all time. Haven't stopped listening to it since I re-purchased it on Friday.
Published 10 months ago by Fernando Aguire
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my life in 1986
This album for some reason changed the lives of so many people I new in high school. I had to buy it again!
Published 12 months ago by B. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Editorial Reviews: Never listen to the Editorial Reviews,!
When ever you read the Editorial Reviews they come from some kid or someone that was not into the seen when the album came out. This album is what Jane's addiction is all about. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dan The Chrome Apostle
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
increibel sonido, un placer para ser oido una y otra vez , hasta el cansancio.
Una verdadera perla musical, .
Published 13 months ago by agustin perez
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say?
This album is my favorite Janes album to date. With classics like Jane Says and Summertime Rolls, how can you not love it?
Published 13 months ago by FaithLoveGrace
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