Jane's Addiction - March 29, 1987 - Goodies, Fullerton, CA

Date: March 29, 1987
Location: Goodies, Fullerton, CA
Recorded: Audio (audience)
Status: Confirmed
Type: Concert
Lineup: Perry Farrell
Dave Navarro
Stephen Perkins
Eric Avery
Artwork: Flyer
Flyer 2
Flyer 3
Flyer 4

Set List:

Classic Girl
Ocean Size
Pigs In Zen
Idiots Rule
Ain't No Right
Thank You Boys
Three Days
Whores
Stop!
Standing In The Shower... Thinking
Mountain Song
Up The Beach
Had A Dad

Show Information:

Agent Orange co-headlined this event w/ Jane's. Electric Cool Aide opened.

Recording Information:

Decent audience recording. 58:42.

Notable Moments:

This show marks the earliest known performance/recording of "Classic Girl".

The band (sans Perry) jams a bit of "Wipeout" before the encore.

(at the end of the show):
"I'm in the movies now. April 3rd, we're gonna be playing down at Cal State Fullerton with X. So come on down. And we'll show you our heinies."
 

Thanks go out to Mike for the article, Chris Tuner for the flyer scan, and Nicky Fidget for flyers 3 & 4.

March 31, 1987
Agent Orange squeezes more rock than Jane's Addiction
When did we hear this kind of music before? In the '60s
Author: Jim Washburn
The Register

"There is nothing new under the sun." That has been said more than a few times, and nowhere is the veracity of that more ironically evident than in the new-music scene.

The post-punk milieu has produced a number of outfits which have expanded on the freedom punk initially embraced, two highly notable examples being the Minutemen/Firehose and Husker Du. The process with most bands, though, seems to have been: a) to finally become bored with the limited three-chord vision of your music, a realization which seems to occur to most bands only 3 to 5 years after it has to audiences; and b) to latch onto something which was better done in -- and better left to -- the '60s, and then proclaim it the brave new world.

The result is a profusion of groups which sound like wet papier-mache versions of the "hippie --------" Mssrs. Rotten and Co. set out to bury over a decade ago.

"He looks like death," a person in the audience said of Jane's Addiction's wan, gaunt, dreadlocked frontman, Perry Farrell, on Sunday night. Well, if one must emulate, why not go with a biggie? Unfortunately, the group's co-headlined bill with Agent Orange at Goodies found Jane's Addiction to be borrowing from more earthbound sources.

The group sounded like nothing so much as slightly punked-up and fairly inept version of Led Zeppelin. Farrell's voice has even been likened to Zep's Robert Plant, but Sunday he sounded for all the world like Melanie "Candles in the Rain" Safka on the band's 11 numbers, which might as well have been titled "Echoey Screech Nos. 1-11" for all the compositional effort that went into them.

While not without a certain one-trick charm (their shifting metal-funk isn't totally bereft of foot appeal, and Farrell is one of the funniest things you'll ever see lurching under a strobe light), a full show of its refried Jimmy Page riffs added up to just another moderately bad night in clubland. And that could be the end of it, were it not that Jane's Addiction is the next big thing, at least according to the record industry. The band has just been the focus of a hot bidding war, and whe n the smoke cleared the group had been signed to Warner Bros. for a figure rumored at a slick million dollars.

Judging by the indifferent response the quartet received Sunday, one can expect to see them counting their money in happy obscurity, right next to the Unforgiven, last year's bidding-war object of desire.

While co-headliner Agent Orange might not be up to anything particularly new, it at least does what it does very well, and that was the evident reason why the club was packed Sunday. The veteran OC trio deals in what might be best called power pop, to borrow Pete Townshend's title for the Who's old music. While noticeably lacking the songwriting genius that set that defunct group apart, Agent Orange does perform with an intense, speaker-crackling edge.

The nearly 10-year-old band performed several of its older slam-pit anthems in its 19-song set (and there was indeed a lot of human bumper-car action on the dance floor), including "Everything Turns Gray," "Too Young to Die," and "Bloodstains," with guitarist-vocalist Mike (the group doesn't use last names) making effective use of a limited vocal range.

More recent songs, particularly the KROQ-play "It's in Your Head," "Say It Isn't True," "I Kill Spies" and a slamming cover of the Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love," kept that same raffish intensity, while tailoring it to a bouncier pop melodicism. If the band sound has a center, it's revealed in its covers of surf tunes. While certainly short of the dexterity and speed of surf mentor Dick Dale, two of whose songs the band covered Sunday, Mike, with bassist James and drummer Scott, did latch onto the essential, joyful wave-crashing power of the music.

CONCERT REVIEW
Who: Jane's Addiction and Agent Orange.
Where: Goodies in Fullerton.
When: Sunday evening.