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Ritual de lo Habitual

Ritual de lo Habitual is Jane's Addiction's second studio album, released on August 21, 1990 on Warner Brothers. It was the band's final album before their first break up in 1991. Singles from the album include "Been Caught Stealing" and "Stop!".

Structure

The album is roughly broken into two parts. Tracks 1-5 consist of unrelated funk-metal style songs. The cassette tape of this album has about ten minutes of silence on side "A". Tracks 6-9, as a whole are in memoriam of singer Perry Farrell's deceased friend known as Xiola Blue, who died of a heroin-overdose in 1987 at the age of 19 ("Then She Did" also chronicles Farrell's mother's suicide when he was 4 years old). "Three Days" and "Then She Did," in particular, have a heavy progressive rock influence, while "Of Course" carries a heavy Eastern-influence, reminiscent of Led Zeppelin's Kashmir, with a prominent violin throughout. Guitar World magazine rated the guitar solo in "Three Days" as the 100th greatest solo of all time, and many rock critics rate it amongst the best. In 2003, the album was ranked number 453 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time (despite receiving a 2/5 star review upon release). It is usually considered a masterpiece of alternative rock, and, pre-dating Nirvana's Nevermind by a year, serves as a forecast of the coming decade.

Format

Two versions of the disc packaging were created: one cover featured artwork by singer Perry Farrell, related to the song "Three Days" and including male and female nudity; the other cover has been called the "clean cover", and features only black text on a white background, listing the band name, album name, and the text of the First Amendment (the "freedom of speech" amendment) of the U.S. Constitution (although it's inaccurately titled "Article 1" which is the section of the Constitution creating the legislative branch). The back cover of the "clean cover" also contains the text "Hitler's syphilis-ridden dreams almost came true. How could it happen? By taking control of the media. An entire country was led by a lunatic... We must protect our First Amendment, before sick dreams become law. Nobody made fun of Hitler??!" The "clean cover" was created so the CD could be distributed in stores such as Wal-Mart who refused to stock items with nudity on the front cover.

Track listing

  1. "Stop!" – 4:14
  2. "No One's Leaving" – 3:01
  3. "Ain't No Right" – 3:34
  4. "Obvious" – 5:55
  5. "Been Caught Stealing" – 3:34
  6. "Three Days" – 10:48
  7. "Then She Did..." – 8:18
  8. "Of Course" – 7:02
  9. "Classic Girl" – 5:07

Personnel

Jane's Addiction:

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Charting Positions

Album

Year Chart Position
1990 Billboard Top 200 19

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1990 "Stop!" Modern Rock Tracks 1
1990 "Stop!" Hot Dance Music Sales 25
1991 "Been Caught Stealing" Modern Rock Tracks 1
1991 "Been Caught Stealing" Mainstream Rock Tracks 29
1991 "Been Caught Stealing" Hot Dance Music Sales 31
1991 "Classic Girl" Modern Rock Tracks 15

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