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Why Isn't "Jane Says" Mentioned More Often as a Best Song of the '80s?

Old 01-18-10, 11:35 PM
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Why Isn't "Jane Says" Mentioned More Often as a Best Song of the '80s?

This song came out in 1988, yet when the "best-of" songs list of the '80s appears, I never see it. Is it because it became popular in the'90s? I don't remember when it hit the airwaves, so was curious if that was an issue. It certainly holds its own against the other songs of its time.
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Re: Why Isn't "Jane Says" Mentioned More Often as a Best Song of the '80s?

A couple of reasons, IMO. First, the "'80s sound" is identified by either the dark New-Wave stuff of the early '80s, or the bright, brassy synthpop of the mid to late '80s (depending on who's doing the compiling or what audience you're going for). This doesn't fit in either category.

Second, "Jane Says" is definitely associated more with the Alt/Grunge movement of the '90s. It may have been a college radio hit when released, but wasn't heard on Top 40 stations much, for sure.

I consider myself a HUGE '80s music fan, and even I had to Google the name to remind myself what song you were talking about. If I had to guess, I would have placed it as coming out around '93 or '94.
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Re: Why Isn't "Jane Says" Mentioned More Often as a Best Song of the '80s?

Maybe because the is 2 minutes too long
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Re: Why Isn't "Jane Says" Mentioned More Often as a Best Song of the '80s?

Wow uh maybe because to be one of the top songs of the 80's someone would have to of heard it. I mean seriously wtf I've never heard this song before in my life.
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Re: Why Isn't "Jane Says" Mentioned More Often as a Best Song of the '80s?

It's not mentioned because it's overly long and grating on the nerves.
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Re: Why Isn't "Jane Says" Mentioned More Often as a Best Song of the '80s?

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This song came out in 1988, yet when the "best-of" songs list of the '80s appears, I never see it. Is it because it became popular in the'90s? I don't remember when it hit the airwaves, so was curious if that was an issue. It certainly holds its own against the other songs of its time.
Same reason "Billy's Got a Gun - Def Leppard" is never mentioned.

Edit: Nevermind, DefLep song is good.
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Re: Why Isn't "Jane Says" Mentioned More Often as a Best Song of the '80s?

Originally Posted by hdtv00 View Post
I mean seriously wtf I've never heard this song before in my life.
Consider yourself lucky, I can't get away from this song.


For the song mentioned (), if I didn't know it was made in 1988....I don't think I ever would have guessed it was released that year.
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Re: Why Isn't "Jane Says" Mentioned More Often as a Best Song of the '80s?

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Consider yourself lucky, I can't get away from this song.


For the song mentioned (), if I didn't know it was made in 1988....I don't think I ever would have guessed it was released that year.
Probably a region thing. I've never heard it before and after Mr OP posted the horrible vid link with the lyrics you can see he's just trying to be funny.. or something.
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Re: Why Isn't "Jane Says" Mentioned More Often as a Best Song of the '80s?

I'm amazed people haven't heard that song. Wow. I wouldn't put it in any best of list since Led Zeppelin did it better.
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Re: Why Isn't "Jane Says" Mentioned More Often as a Best Song of the '80s?

Jane's Addiction gained pretty wide exposure with 'Been Caught Stealing' being played on MTV. But that's from 1990. I, like many others I suspect, only discovered the Nothing Shocking album after Ritual De Lo Habitual came out.
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Re: Why Isn't "Jane Says" Mentioned More Often as a Best Song of the '80s?

Originally Posted by Boba Fett View Post
It's not mentioned because it's overly long and grating on the nerves.
This.
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Re: Why Isn't "Jane Says" Mentioned More Often as a Best Song of the '80s?

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i'm amazed people haven't heard that song. Wow. I wouldn't put it in any best of list since led zeppelin did it better.
wtf?
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Re: Why Isn't "Jane Says" Mentioned More Often as a Best Song of the '80s?

It was never released as a single, and consequently never got a lot of mainstream radio play.
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Probably because it's NOT one of the best songs of the 80's. Perhaps if your list was the top 5000 or so.
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Re: Why Isn't "Jane Says" Mentioned More Often as a Best Song of the '80s?

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Probably because it's NOT one of the best songs of the 80's. Perhaps if your list was the top 5000 or so.
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Re: Why Isn't "Jane Says" Mentioned More Often as a Best Song of the '80s?

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It was never released as a single, and consequently never got a lot of mainstream radio play.
Are you serious? (I never know when you're "on"). Cause I grew up in the armpit of Kentucky, and I only heard it on the radio, and immediately could hear the song in my head when I saw the thread. It's not as catchy "Been Caught Stealing", but I recall liking both songs from back in the day.
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Re: Why Isn't "Jane Says" Mentioned More Often as a Best Song of the '80s?

To my knowledge, it never was released as a single. Or maybe not until the 1990's.
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Re: Why Isn't "Jane Says" Mentioned More Often as a Best Song of the '80s?

"Mountain Song", "Ocean Size" and "Jane Says" were released as singles from Nothing's Shocking. "Jane Says" reached number 6 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.

It was also included on the "Left of the Dial: Dispatches from the 80s" box set a few years back.
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Re: Why Isn't "Jane Says" Mentioned More Often as a Best Song of the '80s?

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Probably because it's NOT one of the best songs of the 80's. Perhaps if your list was the top 5000 or so.
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It's obviously not a song, or album for that matter, for everyone but I enjoy it immensely and it's one of my "Best songs of the 80's."
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Re: Why Isn't "Jane Says" Mentioned More Often as a Best Song of the '80s?

Because it's not very good. IMO.
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It's not even in the top 10 of Jane's Addiction songs.
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Re: Why Isn't "Jane Says" Mentioned More Often as a Best Song of the '80s?

I'm amazed people don't know this song. I can't stand Jane's Addiction (Porno for Pyros, sure, Perry Farrell on his own, fine, but not Jane's Addiction), but you couldn't listen to a modern rock/alternative station in the '90s without hearing Jane Says.
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Re: Why Isn't "Jane Says" Mentioned More Often as a Best Song of the '80s?

Just a week or so ago I was listening to a podcast about this song:

http://www.soundography.com/audio/LU-113.mp3

The podcast is "Lyrics Undercover", where the guy talks about the backstory to lyrics in a song.
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