3-CD/1-DVD box set featuring over 2 hours of unreleased and rare tracks, including demos, B-sides, and live recordings. Also includes SOUL KISS, music videos, and rare live performances available on DVD for the first time. Sounding like no one who'd come before, Jane's Addiction changed the face of modern rock when they emerged in the late 80s. Their landmark 1988 album Nothing's Shocking fused raw energy with hard rock riffs, metal, funk, punk and the avant garde musical and lyrical sensibilities that define their entire output. On A CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, the band's first-ever boxed set, Rhino explores their incomparable legacy with a 3-CD/1-DVD collection of demos, live performances and rarities, more than half of which are previously unreleased. Focusing solely on the original incarnation of Jane's Addiction vocalist Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, bassist Eric Avery and drummer Stephen Perkins, the retrospective is a revealing portrait of one of rock n roll's greatest and most influential bands.
Jane's Addiction were one of the most hotly pursued rock bands when they gained notice in Los Angeles in the mid-'80s, with record companies at their feet. Flamboyant frontman Perry Farrell, formerly of the band Psi Com, had an undeniable charisma and an interest in provocative art (he designed the band's album covers), and Jane's Addiction played a hybrid of rock music: metal with strains of punk, folk, and jazz. The quartet, comprised of Farrell, bassist Eric Avery, drummer Stephen Perkins, and guitarist Dave Navarro, had already released its debut album as well, in the form of a live recording from the Roxy in Hollywood. Finally, Warner Bros. won the bidding war and released Nothing's Shocking in 1988. The band's abrasive sound and aggressive attitude (typified by the nude sculpture on the cover) led to some resistance, but Jane's Addiction began to break through to an audience – the album spent 35 weeks on the charts.