Jane's Addiction & Other Big 1987 Debut Albums

Tonight Jane's Addiction comes to the Bayou Music Center, touring behind last year's The Great Escape Artist, only their fourth studio album in their nearly 27 years as a band. A few weeks back, Rocks Off talked to lead singer and Lollapalooza honcho Perry Farrell about the band's future and what could possibly be a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame berth for them in the next year.

The band's eponymous debut, released on May 15, 1987, was a live affair, which puts it in a weird space. Is it a live album, or a live debut album? The band recorded it live to capture their killer stage show, which drew comparisons to Led Zeppelin and Black Flag from fans and critics. Their first proper studio album would come in 1988 with the influential Nothing's Shocking and its controversial naked lady album cover.

The other big debut of the year, Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction, deservedly overshadows Jane's leadoff disc.

Nineteen eighty-seven was a big year for music in general, too. This was a year that saw Michael Jackson's Bad, U2's The Joshua Tree, R.E.M's Document and Prince's Sign o' the Times. The big monster soundtrack that year was the Dirty Dancing LP.

The year also saw bands like Depeche Mode, Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth and the Replacements release some of their best work. Former Beatle George Harrison also unleashed Cloud Nine and the sickeningly catchy "Got My Mind Set on You" on listeners in 1987, too. Of course, who can forget the Butthole Surfers' Locust Abortion Technician, which hit store shelves that March?

Although it was released in late 1986, the Beastie Boys' debut Licensed to Ill would go platinum in early February that year, too, and the Boys would tour the world all of 1987 offending parents and delighting fans.

(STRAIT FACT: George Strait released his Ocean Front Property in early January, and it would come with singles like the title track and "All My Ex's Live in Texas," though he didn't tour with a gigantic inflatable penis onstage like the Beasties did.)

There was another great single that year, too, one that would go on to have a much longer life than anyone would have ever imagined. And no, I don't mean Starship's "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now."

See Also:

The Great Kat, Worship Me Or Die

Primal Scream, Sonic Flower Groove

Neurosis, Pain of Mind

Rollins Band, Life Time

MC Shan, Down By Law

Pop Will Eat Itself, Box Frenzy

Death, Scream Bloody Gore

Napalm Death, Scum

Boy George, Sold

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