Been Caught Stealing
|"Been Caught Stealing"|
|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|
|Genre||Alternative rock, funk rock|
|Writer(s)||Eric Avery, Perry Farrell|
|Producer(s)||Dave Jerden, Perry Farrell|
|Jane's Addiction singles chronology|
"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.
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 Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The video was voted #47 on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos.
Awards and accolades
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).
In popular culture
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.
There is an outtake version available on the 1997 rarities compilation Kettle Whistle.
- Harrison, Thomas (2011). Music of the 1980s. ABC-CLIO. p. 62. ISBN 0313366004.
- Alternative Songs, Billboard.com, issue date October 27, 1990
- Alternative Songs, Billboard.com, issue date November 24, 1990
- Alternative Songs, Billboard.com, issue date December 1, 1990
- Alternative Songs, Billboard.com, issue date December 8, 1990
- Minsker, Evan (August 2, 2014). "Arcade Fire Cover Jane's Addiction's "Been Caught Stealing", Steal Fans' Cell Phones". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 21, 2014.