Who's the ultimate L.A. band?
It's not enough to have just lived here or become popular here. The group's music, personality and history must be intertwined with the city. Acts like The Doors, X, Van Halen, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers come to mind, but for us, it's simple.
In contemporary cultural terms, Jane's Addiction, who receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame tomorrow, most deserve the distinction.
The act was the biggest and best L.A. group to emerge from the early 1990s alternative scene and garner mainstream commercial success. And, it was in the midst of dealing with drug struggles -- which are both celebrated and lamented in their first hit, "Jane Says."
A typical story, right? Except that it doesn't have the usual ending. The group didn't burn out, and even with Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro high as kites, their music thrived and their bond survived. Bassist Eric Avery unfortunately didn't stay with them, but drummer Stephen Perkins -- whose brutal beats are essential to the band's sound -- stayed on.
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