Archive for United States

Stop! – Jane’s Addiction

  • First Appearance: September 18, 1990
  • Weeks on the Chart: 2 (non-consecutive)
  • Album: Ritual de lo Habitual
  • Have I heard this song before (pre-listen)? No.
  • Have I actually heard this song before? No.

While “Stop!” spent just two non-consecutive weeks at the top of the chart, “Been Caught Stealing” (yes, and yes) spent an addition four weeks (also non-consecutive) at the top of the chart starting in late October through mid-December.

For an album as iconic as this one, I’m shocked that I didn’t recognize “Stop!” The flip side of that being, after hearing it, I’m not surprised that “Been Caught Stealing” was the enduring single off of this album.

These are some of the hardest albums to say anything about. It’s Jane’s Addiction. What am I going to say about it. It’s raucous scream singing with driving beats and occasionally weird funk bass influences.

Joey – Concrete Blonde

  • First Appearance: July 14, 1990
  • Weeks on the Chart: 5
  • Album: Bloodletting
  • Have I heard this song before (pre-listen)? No.
  • Have I actually heard this song before? No.

This album comes on strong with heavy guitars and gothic themes in a way I didn’t really expect. The third track, Caroline, takes a turn more toward traditional 90s alternative, leaning on more Stevie Nicks vibes, and a little ‘Til Tuesday. The album even detours into a little country twang with Lullabye [sic].

Concrete Blonde has the honor of being the band from the US to be featured on the blog.

The relevant track, Joey is firmly in the final third of the album. It’s almost an 80s power ballad. My overall impression of this album is “Okay, sure.” It doesn’t feel that cohesive, it doesn’t really evoke much emotion in me past the first couple of tracks.