Music Memory: Jane's Addiction, 'Jane Says'

Members of rock group Jane's Addiction, photographed on Aug. 3, 1990. From left: Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins and Eric Avery.
Members of rock group Jane's Addiction, photographed on Aug. 3, 1990. From left: Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins and Eric Avery. (Los Angeles Times)

This week's music memory comes from Michael McKinney of St. Paul, Minn.:

When I was in junior high, two or three times a week I would ride my Per Welinder skateboard (by Powell Peralta) to a small restaurant in downtown Stillwater, Minn. — about a half-mile, pretty much all downhill — to wash dishes for a couple of hours. I made $3.15 an hour, and worked with a stoner named MG.

The owner was very kind to me: Every time I showed up, I got an egg-salad sandwich, a chocolate-chip cookie and a Coca-Cola before starting my shift. I liked working there, and I still compare it to jobs I have worked at since then.

There was one day when MG had discovered some new music; he was so excited and emotional about this song — he told me it was changing the chemistry of his brain, listening to it and to the album repeatedly. He told me to sit down and take a break, then he put the song on the stereo and walked out the back door for a smoke break.

There I was, sitting alone in the restaurant, and the steel drums and acoustic guitars caught my ear long before Perry Farrell told me about Jane, and what she had to say.

Jane's Addiction, 'Jane Says' (live)

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