Kettle Whistle

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Kettle Whistle
Jane's Addiction-Kettle Wistle.jpg
Compilation album by Jane's Addiction
Released November 4, 1997
Recorded 1986-1997
Genre Alternative rock
Length 74:27
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Jane's Addiction
Jane's Addiction chronology
Live and Rare
(1991)Live and Rare1991
Kettle Whistle
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]
Chicago Tribune2/4 stars [2]
Entertainment WeeklyB− [3]
NME(6/10) [4]
Pitchfork(6.8/10) [6]
Robert ChristgauC+ [5]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars [7]
USA Today3/4 stars [8]

Kettle Whistle is a compilation album by alternative rock band Jane's Addiction, released November 4, 1997 on Warner Bros. Issued to coincide with the 1997 "Relapse" tour, the album – originally titled It's My Party[9] – includes new, alternate, unreleased and live tracks.

Certified gold in the U.S., for sales in excess of 500,000, Kettle Whistle is the only Jane's release to feature Flea on bass (he plays trumpet on Nothing's Shocking). The liner notes feature an anecdotal article on the band by Henry Rollins.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Eric Avery and Stephen Perkins, except where noted. Songs are new, album-exclusive recordings except where noted.

1."Kettle Whistle"Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins, Flea7:47
2."Ocean Size" (Nothing's Shocking Demo, 1988) 4:31
3."My Cat's Name Is Maceo" (Out-take, 1987 - Add'l recording 1997) 4:23
4."Had a Dad" (Nothing's Shocking Out-take, 1988) 3:45
5."So What!"Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins, Flea4:41
6."Jane Says" (Live at Irvine Meadows, 1991) 6:31
7."Mountain Song" (Dudes Soundtrack, 1986) 4:08
8."Slow Divers" (Jane's Addiction Out-take, 1987 (Live) - Add'l recording 1997) 4:35
9."Three Days" (Live at Hollywood Palladium, 1990) 12:06
10."Ain't No Right" (Live at Hollywood Palladium, 1990) 3:23
11."Up the Beach" (Live at Hollywood Palladium, 1990) 3:20
12."Stop!" (Live at Hollywood Palladium, 1990) 4:23
13."Been Caught Stealing" (Ritual de lo habitual Out-take, 1989) 4:20
14."Whores" (Live at the Pyramid, 1986) 3:58
15."City" (Soul Kiss, 1988) 2:30
Total length:74:27

Track Information[edit]

  • "Kettle Whistle" was performed by the band in the late eighties, and never recorded. The "Relapse" line-up of the band recorded the song in August of that year at Mount Mehru Studios in Venice, CA. This studio is owned by Farrell and Perkins' former band Porno for Pyros.
  • The version of "Ocean Size" included on this compilation is a demo the band recorded to show their producing abilities to Warner Bros. The track was recorded at Capitol Records Studios in 1988.
  • "My Cat's Name is Maceo" is about Farrell's cat and was recorded in 1987 at Hully Gully Studios in Los Angeles with Maceo Parker guesting on alto sax.
  • The version of "Had a Dad" included was originally intended for Nothing's Shocking but was rejected by Warner Bros.
  • "So What!" is a new song recorded by the "Relapse" line-up.
  • The live version of "Jane Says" is from the first Lollapalooza, which was also the final tour before the band's initial breakup in 1991.
  • The version of "Mountain Song" that appears here originally appeared on the soundtrack for the film Dudes and was used to get the band signed to XXX Records.
  • "Slow Divers" was the opening track for the live show which was used as the basis for the band's debut album, Jane's Addiction.
  • "City", as it appears on this album, was played only by Farrell and Navarro. According to the liner notes, the other half of the band were lost in traffic at the time.


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Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[10] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Charting positions[edit]


Year Chart Position
1997 Billboard Top 200 21
UK Album Charts 199


Year Single Chart Position
1997 "Jane Says" Modern Rock Tracks 25
Mainstream Rock Tracks 37
1998 "So What!" Modern Rock Tracks 22
Mainstream Rock Tracks 37


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Kettle Whistle at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-20.
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (1997-10-31). "Jane's Addiction Kettle Whistle". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  3. ^ Mirkin, Steven (1997-11-14). "Kettle Whistle Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  4. ^ "Jane's Addiction - Kettle Whistle CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  5. ^ "CG: jane's addiction". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-06-20. 
  6. ^ Wisdom, James P. (1999-12-31). "Kettle Whistle". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 2008-07-18. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  7. ^ Chonin, Neva (1997-12-11). "Kettle Whistle". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  8. ^ Gundersen, Edna (1997-11-18). "Album whets the 'Whistle' for classic Jane's Addiction". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  9. ^ "News: Jane's are on the boil!". Kerrang! #666. 20 September 1997. p. 6. 
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Jane's Addiction – Kettle Whistle". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH