Thirty years ago today, the L.A.-based alt-rock outfit Jane's Addiction made waves with the release of their eponymous debut album -- a collection of live recordings that included covers of The Velvet Underground and The Rolling Stones. And those weren't the only songs that they covered over the last four decades. Here are the 5 best covers by Jane's Addiction:
1. 'Rock & Roll'
Usually bands hit the studio for their debut, but Jane's Addiction decided to introduce themselves with a live album based on recordings from a set at the Roxy Theatre on LA's Sunset Strip. That's where they paid tribute to the one of the bands that inspired them by covering The Velvet Underground's 1973 b-side 'Rock & Roll'.
2. 'Sympathy for the Devil'
Before Guns N' Roses revived interest in The Rolling Stones by covering this Satanic hit on the 'Interview with the Vampire' soundtrack (1994), Jane's Addiction released a stripped down version of the song on their debut album. The cover scraps the Stones' backing vocals for bongos and uses acoustic guitar to drive the verses. But Dave Navarro plugged in to shred the song's solo.
3. 'L.A. Woman,' 'Lexicon Devil' and 'Nausea'
Jane's Addiction honored their roots by celebrating a trio of Los Angeles bands in the song 'L.A. Medley' from the 1991 compilation album 'Live and Rare'. The song is a mashup of tunes by psychedelic rockers The Doors as well as the lesser-known punk bands The Germs and X.
5. 'Whole Lotta Love'
Only diehard devotees of Jane's Addiction are going to listen to all the demos, rehearsals and remixes collected for the 3-disc compilation album 'A Cabinet of Curiosities' (2009). But casual fans should give the second disc a spin to hear Jane's Addiction take on The Stooges' '1970', Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' and other covers.