Been Caught Stealing is the second single from the Ritual de lo Habitual album. Released by Warner Brothers on November 15, 1990, this is the most successful single for Jane’s Addiction. This single has an accompanying music video, directed by Casey Niccoli, which received a lot of airtime on MTV, outside of their alternative music programming.
The U.S. 12″ version of this single includes a remix of the title track and a demo for Had A Dad. It was released on both CD and 12″ Vinyl.
The U.K. 12″ version of this single also includes L.A. Medley (Live), taken from the April 28, 1989 concert at the John Anson Ford Theatre. The vinyl version of this single is limited edition, comes in a large black box with a white ribbon around it. Inside there are three 12-inch glossy prints, one for each of the band’s Warner Brother’s albums and a third is a collage of 4 pictures – one for each member of the band.
The 7″ single includes the title track and the Had A Dad demo. This version of the single was released on cassette in the US and both 7″ vinyl and cassette in the UK. There are two versions of the US cassette. Musically the two US cassette singles are the same, however one version comes on a clear cassette tape while the other on a black cassette tape. Both US cassette singles come with a cardboard cassette sleeve, where the UK version comes in a standard cassette case.
There are two promo editions for this single. A single track version that comes in standard promotional packaging and a limited edition version that comes in a red case with miniature handcuffs, or finger-cuffs, attached to the cover. This promo includes both the title track and its remix version.
Single Charting & Awards:
Been Caught Stealing ranked #1 on Billboard magazine’s Modern Rock chart the weeks of 10/27/90, 11/24/90, 12/1/90, 12/8/90.
The video for Been Caught Stealing won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Alternative Video in 1991, the inaugural year for the award. Dave Navarro and Casey Niccoli accepted the award. This was the awkward incident when both were drunk and Dave kissed Casey.
US 12″ Single:
The vinyl version of this single has track 1 on side A, and tracks 2-3 on side B.
U.K. 12″ Single:
The vinyl edition of this single includes track 1-2 on side A, and tracks 3-4 on side B.
Both tracks are included on each side of cassette versions of the single. The Vinyl edition includes track 1 on side A, and track 2 on side B.
“Finger Cuffs” Promo:
Release Date: 11/15/1990
Released By: Warner Brothers
ID Number(s): 21736 (US 12″ Single), 19574 (US Cassette), W001TB 9362-40051-0 (Limited Edition 12″ Vinyl), WOO11CD 9362-40029-2 (Import CD), W0011 5439-19574 (7″ Vinyl & Import Cassette), PRO-CD 4039 (Finger Cuffs Promo), PRO-CD 4523 (Standard Promo)
Medium(s): CD, 12″ Vinyl, 7″ Vinyl, Cassette
Time: 11:49 (US CD), 15:33 (12″ UK Single), 7:11 (7″ Single), 7:59 (Finger Cuffs Promo), 3:33 (Standard Promo)