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Classic Summer Album – Jane’s Addiction, Nothing Shocking

Classic Summer Album – Jane’s Addiction, Nothing Shocking
  • On May 31, 2013

Sometimes, as you’re perusing your seemingly endless hard drive of music, you find yourself clicking on an old favorite and giving it another spin. As the weather in Colorado warms, and summer settles in, I find myself turning to an old favorite that’s a contender for my favorite album of all time.

Jane’s Addiction’s Nothing Shocking does everything right. In fact, I can’t think of any album in my frequent rotation that better spans the variety of emotions that define summer for me. At times a rocking explosion of energy (Had a Dad, Idiots Rule), and at others a mellow haze of relaxation tinged with naughty abandon (Ocean Size, Summertime Rolls), while bringing the fun with laugh-out-loud radio friendly jams (Jane Says, Standing in the Shower Thinking), Nothing Shocking never ceases to entertain.

While Sublime and Bob Marley have always had a strong hold on summer memories for me, I don’t think there is any album in existence that encourages me to reach out to turn the volume up more than Nothing Shocking. This is, for me, the ultimate summer time album.

What’s your go-to summer jam?

  • Darren James Sampson

    That is a corker of a choice JB, but personally I’ve always found something like GnR’s Appetite for Destruction to be more evocative of summer for me, or quite a lot of AC/DC’s albums, if the mood takes me.