Song 30 Jane's Addiction

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Problem: I felt I needed more cool songs on this countdown. Bigger problem: I was a complete nerd back in the day, and still have no idea what was or is cool. Thankfully, Twitter was there with a solution. Robb Skidmore's 80s coming of age novel The Pursuit of Cool has been doing the business, so I figured he'd be an authority. Robb kindly agreed to contribute a tune, and it's a good one, even if I find this band more annoying-looking than I'd remembered.

Robb writes:

Jane's Addiction - Jane Says, 1988

Though probably the least characteristic song of their oeuvre, Jane Says is the most popular song of these late 80s alternative rock heroes. The hypnotic two chord guitar, the Caribbean steel drums and the lyric that 'Jane says, I'm done with Sergio' suck you into this one and make for an easy ride. The sheer beauty of the melody combines nicely with the heartbreaking chorus that Jane is 'gonna kick tomorrow.' Youthful drug-addicted defiance and melodrama have never been so skillfully depicted in lyrics. Jane Bainter, a former housemate of lead singer Perry Farrell, was the inspiration for the song and the name of the band. This knowledge that it captures a real person's struggle pushes the song into stratospheric levels on the poignancy scale. Ferrell's distinctive vocal style is used to full effect and at the end his voice trails off into a jazzy howling.

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