Here’s yet another bootleg from my Jane’s stacks. Like most bands, Jane’s Addiction played a lot of covers early on, and one of my favorites was “Whole Lotta Love.”
Mixing Led Zeppelin and Jane’s Addiction isn’t as strange of a brew as you might think. One of the things that made Jane’s (and most of the great “alternative” bands) great was that they were well versed in hard rock and metal. Dave Navarro would have been a fine addition to any of the Sunset Strip glam bands of the era (a huge upgrade, actually), and although Stephen Perkins was no Bonzo he was rock solid even at this young age. The weak links in this version of “Whole Lotta Love” are Perry Farrell, who is no match for Robert Plant, and bass player Eric Avery, who is pretty much non-existent on this cut. Maybe it’s the mix.
Don’t get me wrong: When I say “weak links,” this cut still kicks ass. This version was eventually included in the must have box set, A Cabinet of Curiosities. Perry also included a pretty twisted electronica version on his contract fulfilling Rev album.
You should be able to pick up this red vinyl slab of L.A. goodness for ten bucks or less. Happy hunting.
Categories: From the Stacks, Music
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