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Nothing's Shocking

Classic alt-rock heavier than you might remember.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some songs paint a pretty sad and scary picture of the world.

Violence

"Had a Dad" deals with child abuse and "Standing in the Shower...Thinking" references a violent relationship ("Is my woman afraid of me? ... She let me twist her good"). "Ted, Just Admit It" is about serial killer Ted Bundy and includes the lyrics "Now sister's/not a virgin anymore/her sex is violent" (the chorus is "sex is violent").

Sex

There are no descriptions of sex acts, but the cover features an arty but explicit photo of two naked women. Some lyrics deal with sexualized violence.

Language

A few instances of "f--k" and "s--t."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

"Jane Says" is about a heroin addict.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Rock Band 2 features this 1988 album, which deals with some very dark subject matter, including sexualized violence, child abuse, and drug addiction (which has plagued band members over the years). Although a lot of the lyrics get buried beneath the music, the chant "sex is violent" is repeated many times in the "Ted, Just Admit It," which also includes an audio clip of serial killer Ted Bundy. The album has some profanity, but it's not excessive by today's standards.

What's the story?

Before Perry Farrell launched the wildly popular musical festival Lollapalooza, and way before Dave Navarro became a Red Hot Chili Pepper and Rock Star: Supernova judge, the singer and guitarist joined forces in the Los Angeles rock-metal band Jane's Addiction. Often considered one of the first "alternative" bands, Jane's made their major-label debut in 1988 with NOTHING'S SHOCKING, predating the grunge explosion of the early '90s by several years. Now, fans can find the classic -- albeit dark -- album featured in its entirety on Rock Band 2.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Listeners who only know Nothing's Shocking by "Jane Says" might be a bit surprised by the album's heaviness. Sure, the song is about a heroin addict, but with the steel drums and acoustic guitar strumming, it's downright pretty. So is the sing-songy "Summertime Rolls," which has happy lyrics, to boot. But the twisted vocals, wailing guitars, and pounding rhythms the band is known for are in full force on tracks like "Had a Dad" and "Mountain Song." Like the film Natural Born Killers -- which featured the album's "Ted, Just Admit It" -- some may see Nothing's Shocking as an indictment of the media's obsession with sex and violence, while others will see the sex and violence, but not the critique. But musically, there's little debate that the album is innovative and influential.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the disturbing topics that this album addresses, and whether teens think the band is speaking out against sex, drugs, and violence -- or celebrating them. Families can also discuss whether teens find some sort of comfort in dark music and lyrics, or if it makes them feel angry or depressed.

Music details

Artist:Jane's Addiction
Release date:August 23, 1988
Label:Warner Brothers
Genre:Alternative Rock
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written byNoFX September 22, 2010
Parent of a 8 year old Written bytigra March 30, 2010

Not for young children, fine for teens

Loved it from a young age, turned out fine.
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking