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Ritual de lo habitual
Jane's Addiction-Ritual de lo Habitual.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 21, 1990
StudioTrack Record, North Hollywood, California
LabelWarner Bros.
Jane's Addiction chronology
Nothing's Shocking
Ritual de lo habitual
Singles from Ritual de lo habitual
  1. "Stop!"
    Released: August 2, 1990
  2. "Three Days"
    Released: August 2, 1990
  3. "Been Caught Stealing"
    Released: November 15, 1990
  4. "Classic Girl"
    Released: July 17, 1991
Alternative cover
"Clean" cover
"Clean" cover

Ritual de lo habitual is the second studio album[5] by Jane's Addiction, released on August 21, 1990, by Warner Brothers. Co-produced by Dave Jerden, it was the band's final studio album before their initial break-up in 1991. Singles from Ritual de lo Habitual include "Been Caught Stealing" and "Stop!". Ritual de lo habitual is certified 2× Platinum in the U.S.

In 1990, just one month after being released, the album had sold 500,000 units.[6]


The album is divided into halves. Tracks 1–5 are hard rock songs unrelated to each other. The cassette version of the album has about ten minutes of silence on side A, because side B is ten minutes longer.

Tracks 6–9 are in memoriam of singer Perry Farrell's deceased girlfriend Xiola Blue, who died of a heroin overdose in 1987 at the age of 19. "Three Days" and "Then She Did" bear a progressive rock influence, while "Of Course" carries a klezmer influence, with a prominent violin throughout. Eric Avery refused to play bass on "Of Course" out of resentment from being told what to play on other songs. Recording engineer and guitar tech Ronnie S. Champagne, who would later confess that Farrell had a tendency to dictate the other members' parts during the recording of this album, ended up playing bass on the song instead. For his part, Avery would later admit regret at not playing on the track.[7]

"Then She Did" also chronicles Farrell's mother's suicide when he was four years old.[8] "It's probably one of the reasons we were brought together…" remarked guitarist Dave Navarro, whose mother was murdered when he was a teenager. "I have memories of us being onstage together and, before we played 'Then She Did', Perry would grab me and say, 'Let's do this for our moms.' I still get chills when I think about it." "When you have something like that happen…" noted Farrell, "the better thing to do is to try to make some flowers grow out of it."[9]

"Ain't No Right" begins with Farrell singing excerpts from "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" by Ian Dury and the Blockheads against a dub reggae backdrop of a drum machine and synthesized bass, which he eventually slurs into a profanity-laced rant. The intro ends and "Ain't No Right" begins.


Two versions of the disc packaging were created: one album featured cover artwork by singer Perry Farrell, related to the song "Three Days" and including male and female nudity; the other cover has been called the "clean cover", and features only black text on a white background, listing the band name, album name, and the text of the First Amendment (the "freedom of speech" amendment) of the U.S. Constitution. The back cover of the "clean cover" also contains the text:

Hitler's syphilis-ridden dreams almost came true. How could it happen? By taking control of the media. An entire country was led by a lunatic… We must protect our First Amendment, before sick dreams become law. Nobody made fun of Hitler??!

The "clean cover" was created so the CD could be distributed in stores which refused to stock items with represented nudity.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[10]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[11]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[12]
Los Angeles Times3.5/5 stars[13]
The Philadelphia Inquirer4/4 stars[15]
Q4/5 stars[16]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[17]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[18]

Ritual De Lo Habitual was acclaimed by music critics, similar to the band's previous album. "The gigantic swerve and swagger of 'Stop', the Chili Pepperish taunts of 'Ain't No Right', 'Of Course''s raga rocking and, above all, the epic 'Three Days', where guitarist David Navarro gets to pile the layers shoulder high, prove to be the stuff of true compulsion," wrote Peter Kane in Q. "Enigmatic, audacious and unpredictable to the last."[16]

"It all makes you realise how few bands actually bother to try and be any good, to play stuff that's inspirational," enthused Andrew Perry in a retrospective review for Select.[19] The same magazine later listed Ritual as the fifth best album of the '90s: "Nevermind would never have been possible without it. And, along the way, they ushered in the Led Zep revival."[20]

The album was voted the 24th best of 1990 in The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop, an annual poll of American critics nationwide. Robert Christgau, the poll's supervisor, remained unimpressed by the album, dismissing it as "junk syncretism (kitchen-sink eclecticism? styleless mish-mash?)".[21]

Other musicians have spoken highly of the album. "I can spot traces of other people on this album, us included," remarked hard rock vocalist Alice Cooper in 1994, "but that's all they are: traces. They were a really original band. This is their peak album, where they really went out on a limb. Sometimes I get so caught up in these songs, I can actually feel the band pushing themselves to their limits. Sometimes I can't believe how strong it is. I wonder if this will have the same effect on some kid as Chuck Berry had on me ..."[22]

In 2003, the album was ranked number 453 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[23] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[24]

In 2019, a book about the album, "El Ritual de Jane's Addiction", was released by Argentinian journalist Fabrizio Pedrotti. It tells the story with collaborations from the band, producers and other artists from that era. Farrell and Portnoy wrote the foreword.[25]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Eric Avery and Stephen Perkins.

2."No One's Leaving"3:01
3."Ain't No Right"3:34
5."Been Caught Stealing"3:34
6."Three Days"10:48
7."Then She Did ..."8:18
8."Of Course"7:02
9."Classic Girl"5:07


Jane's Addiction
Additional musicians
Other personnel
  • Herman Agopain - assistant
  • Victor Bracke - photography
  • Kim Champagne - advisor
  • Ronnie S. Champagne - engineering, guitar technician
  • Chris Edwards - assistant
  • Perry Farrell - artwork, production
  • Ross Garfield - drum technician
  • Dave Jerden - production
  • Bob Lacivita - engineering
  • Tom Recchion - advisor
  • Eddy Schreyer - mastering


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[26] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[27] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[28] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Charting positions[edit]


Year Chart Position
1990 Billboard Top 200 19


Year Single Chart Position
1990 "Stop!" Modern Rock Tracks 1
Hot Dance Music Sales 23
1991 "Been Caught Stealing" Modern Rock Tracks 1
Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
Hot Dance Music Sales 13
"Classic Girl" Modern Rock Tracks 15


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  4. ^ Stylus Magazine Review
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  12. ^ Sandow, Greg (September 7, 2000). "Ritual De Lo Habitual". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
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  14. ^ Hobbs, Mary Anne (1 September 1990). "Jane's Addiction: Ritual de lo Habitual". NME.
  15. ^ Moon, Tom (September 23, 1990). "Jane's Addiction: Ritual de lo Habitual (Warner Bros.)". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
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  17. ^ Davis, Erik (October 18, 1990). "Ritual De Lo Habitual". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 3, 2011.
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  19. ^ a b Perry, Andrew (April 1995). "Jane's Addiction: Ritual de lo Habitual". Select (58): 104.
  20. ^ Select, February 1996
  21. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 5, 1991). "Hard News in a Soft Year". The Village Voice. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  22. ^ Melody Maker, 18 June 1994
  23. ^ RS500: 453) Ritual de lo Habitual. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2009-05-10.
  24. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (7 February 2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5.
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  27. ^ "British album certifications – Jane's Addiction – Ritual de lo Habitual". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Ritual de lo Habitual in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  28. ^ "American album certifications – Jane's Addiction – Ritual de lo Habitual". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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