Mountain Song (Jane's Addiction song)

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"Mountain Song"
Single by Jane's Addiction
from the album Nothing's Shocking
B-side "Standing in the Shower...Thinking"
Released December, 1988
April 18, 2009
Format CD, vinyl, cassette
Recorded 1986, 1988
Genre Alternative metal, heavy metal, stoner rock
Length 4:03
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Perry Farrell, Eric Avery
Producer(s) Dave Jerden, Perry Farrell
Jane's Addiction singles chronology
"Jane Says"
"Mountain Song"

"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.[1] 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.[2]

"Mountain Song" was named the 71st best hard rock song of all time by VH1.[3]

Music video[edit]

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 obscene features in the video. 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.[1] 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.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Mountain Song" (Nothing's Shocking version) 4:03
2. "Standing in the Shower... Thinking"   3:03

In other media[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Jane's Addiction Resource: Mountain Song". Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Jane's Addiction Discography". Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  3. ^ " music". Retrieved February 5, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Jane's Addiction Resource: Soul Kiss". Retrieved 27 May 2013.