"Mountain Song" is a song by Jane's Addiction and the second single from their 1988 album Nothing's Shocking. "Mountain Song" was the first song written by the band in 1985, before a band name had even been decided upon. The song was initially recorded in 1986 and featured on the soundtrack to the film Dudes, starring Jon Cryer. This version can also be found as a track on the 1997 alternate & live cut compilation album Kettle Whistle. "Mountain Song" was re-recorded in 1988 for Nothing's Shocking.
The single, first released December, 1988 features only the Nothing's Shocking version and not the 1986 original. The b-side "Standing in the Shower... Thinking" is also taken from Nothing's Shocking. The single was re-released on April 18, 2009 to help promote the Jane's Addiction box set A Cabinet of Curiosities, released the same month. The packaging was generally the same but contained several inserts promoting the box set and the band's albums.
"Mountain Song" was named the 71st best hard rock song of all time by VH1.
Footage for the "official" music video was shot at the Scream on August 19, 1988. The music video was initially banned from MTV because of nudity scenes and scenes of teen girls dancing in diapers. A censored version was created but MTV still refused to play it for a number of years, finally airing it in 1990.
There are four different versions of the music video: the original, the original censored for MTV, a "director's cut," and finally one which was created by a third party contracted out by Warner Bros. after the band's original version was banned. The band had no input on this version, which was featured in an episode of Beavis and Butt-Head.
Jane's Addiction, frustrated that Warner had produced a video without their knowledge or input, created the Soul Kiss video as a means to release the official, unedited version to fans. In addition to the "Mountain Song" video, Soul Kiss also featured footage of the band performing comedic sketches and footage of the band performing a song called "City" which wouldn't appear on an album until the Kettle Whistle compilation in 1997.