Taylor Hawkins JA WOF Speech

Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 4:06 PM by User

 Jane’s Addiction Walk of Fame Induction Speech

By Taylor Hawkins


I love this band.  They know it.  I’ve been stalking them for years.  From their triumphant 8 night stand at the John Anson to the Birkenstock incident at the Palladium, the “Stop” video at Mt. Baldy, 2 nights at Irvine, the first Lollapalooza, etc.  I was there.


Back in the late 80’s rock music, at least in my eyes, was getting shittier by the day.  Then one day of a buddy of mine showed up to my house holding a magazine.  He said, “You have to hear this band…Jane’s Addiction.”  “What kind of name is that?” I said.  Then he showed me the picture.  Nobody in the late 80’s had green dreads and a ring in their nose. 


Like any good juvenile delinquent, I stole 10 bucks from my mom’s purse, went to the record shop and bought the cassette of Nothing’s Shocking.  We got back to the house, rolled a joint from weed stolen from one of our parents, put the tape in and proceeded to have our minds blown.  The singer sounded like a child singing nursery rhymes on acid in hell.  The band could hypnotize you into a dream state and then out of nowhere break your nose with a ferocious sonic sucker punch - one part brutal dirty garage band, one part majestic colorful master technicians. 

These guys changed everything for me.  They brought rock n’ roll back to life and unquestionably bridged the gap and made way for what was to become alternative rock.  Whatever the hell that means.

Congrats on this well deserved honor and in Perry’s immortal words from way back then, “Thank you, boys.”


  1. On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 8:48 PM, haytham said:

  2. On Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 2:16 PM, Kellyjane said:

    Congratulations to Jane's! Y'all are my all time favorite band... The star is well deserved!

  3. On Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 9:38 AM, Fedro said:

    Maybe you won't believe, but here in Italy there's a lot of guys as happy as Taylor for you to get this honor! Italy still waits for you. Love.

  4. On Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 7:50 AM, Giddy said:

    Hey web team! The comment functionality blows. Might be why you don't have any comments. Asshats.

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