Been Caught Stealing

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"Been Caught Stealing"
Jane's Addiction Been Caught Stealing.jpg
Single by Jane's Addiction
from the album Ritual de lo habitual
B-side "Had a Dad" (Radio Tokyo Demo)
Released November 15, 1990
Format CD, Vinyl, Cassette
Recorded 1989–1990
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:34
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Eric Avery, Perry Farrell
Producer(s) Dave Jerden, Perry Farrell
Jane's Addiction singles chronology
"Three Days"
"Been Caught Stealing"
"Classic Girl"
Ritual de lo Habitual track listing
(Track 4)
"Been Caught Stealing"
(Track 5)
"Three Days"
(Track 6)
Music video
"Been Caught Stealing" on YouTube

"Been Caught Stealing" is a song by Jane's Addiction. The song was released on their 1990 album, Ritual de lo Habitual, and was re-released on their 2006 compilation Up From The Catacombs. The song was Jane's Addiction's biggest hit, spending 4 weeks at #1 on the U.S. modern rock chart.[1][2][3][4]

Music video[edit]

A music video was filmed for the song, that humorously showed various people (including the members of the band) shoplifting produce from a grocery store. It was directed by Casey Niccoli.[5] The video was voted #47 on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos.

Awards and accolades[edit]

The song is featured on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll (the list has no particular ranking).

The song was chosen by Alice Cooper as one of his 8 "Desert Island Discs" on the UK radio program Desert Island Discs.

In popular culture[edit]

The song has been featured regularly on television and in films. It could for example be heard during the opening scene of NBC's Chuck episode 214 (Chuck Vs. The Best Friend) in 2009, in the pilot episode of TV series My Name Is Earl, the credits of Eric Bogosian's Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll and on an episode of Hindsight.

Moreover, the song was heavily used by NBC's Sunday Night Football when broadcasting a New England Patriots game, in light of their scandal of stealing signals from opponents. It was also featured in the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on the fictional Alternative radio station Radio X, and could be heard in the films Gone in 60 Seconds and Cape Fear. It appeared in the soundtracks for the video games Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, Rock Band 3, Power Gig: Rise of the SixString, and The Darkness II.

The song is featured on The Prodigy's The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One (1999).

The Angels Stadium of Anaheim plays a clip of "Been Caught Stealing" whenever the home team steals a base.

The title of the song is also parodied in the TISM song "Been Caught Wankin'" from the album

Cover versions[edit]

It was covered by Richard Cheese on the album of Aperitif for Destruction and jacksoul on the album mySOUL, the former being a parody satirizing the barking dogs heard throughout the song.

There is an outtake version available on the 1997 rarities compilation Kettle Whistle.

Arcade Fire covered the song live in 2014.[6]

See also[edit]