At Atlanta’s Cotton Club

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At Atlanta's Cotton Club

At Atlanta’s Cotton Club, or simply Atlanta’s Cotton Club, is a silverback CD bootleg from Lords of the Archive Records.  It uses an audience recording of the Jane’s Addiction concert at the Cotton Club in Atlanta, GA from February 8, 1989.

This is a rare and highly sought after disc mainly for the inclusion of the future Porno For Pyros’ song Blood Rag as part of the breakdown during the song Pigs In Zen.  This was the first, but not only time Jane’s Addiction did this as they played Blood Rag a handful of other times in early 1989.  Other highlights of the performance is Perry’s banter with the crowd.  The uniqueness of this show helps make up for some of the extra audience noise present in all audience sourced recordings.

This bootleg includes a number of great photos of Perry Farrell from this very concert within the album’s liner notes.  Additionally it includes an essay by “Lord Lexidore” that discusses the uniqueness of this show and the fun Jane’s Addiction had with their song Pigs In Zen in general. The essay is as follows:

This seems to be somewhat of a forgotten performance. I know of a few people who collect Jane’s Addiction, and none of them had this show. The Cotton Club in Atlanta is small, a more intimate atmosphere than that of clubs you usually see. A few steps past the door, and the stage is right there.

These pictures were taken a couple of weeks before this show, on the same leg of the tour heading East. These shots illustrate rather well what it was to see Jane’s Addiction in the small club setting.

Here is an interesting note of Historical significance concerning this performance: Bloody Rag (released by Porno For Pyros in 1993) is included in Pigs in Zen. A very rare event indeed, and now I realize that Bloody Rag is in fact a Jane’s Addiction piece played during their Pigs In Zen. This is the only show where I have heard of this to happen. It should be noted that Pigs in Zen was a piece that could always allow for the band to improvise.

Other instances of improvising include guitar trips into the unknown and expressing various flash images of reality. Pigs In Zen would also be a song they would go into after – a combination Bob Dylan (Like a Rolling Stone) Bauhaus song called Bobhaus.

Lord Lexidore

Track Origins:

Recorded: 02/08/1989 – Cotton Club, Atlanta, GA

Track Listings:

  1. Up The Beach
  2. Whores
  3. 1%
  4. Idiots Rule
  5. Ted, Just Admit It…
  6. Standing In The Shower… Thinking
  7. Thank You Boys
  8. Trip Away
  9. Summertime Rolls
  10. Ocean Size
  11. Mountain Song
  12. Pigs In Zen
  13. Jane Says

Released By: Lords of the Archive Records
ID Number: L.A.R. 4
Medium: CD
Quality: Moderate
Source: Audience
Time: 64:16