Culture 27

“Been Caught Stealing” by Jane’s Addiction. A song that came out in 1990. Far and away the band’s biggest commercial hit, spent four weeks at no. 1 on the Modern Rock charts. The entire song blatantly glorifies shoplifting. (See Culture 12 for a sample of the lyrics.) Why did we not hear about this song? Why weren’t they preaching up and down the halls about it? The shitheads completely flip their lids about “Suicide Solution” back in the Eighties, but a far, far more subversive song comes out, and everybody’s like, “Enh, whatever.” I’ve never understood this. But it’s a great song from one of my favorite bands, and I love it. And the video is excellent.

4 thoughts on “Culture 27

  1. Isaac July 26, 2022 / 4:24 pm

    Who would you expect to get riled up about petty misdemeanors?
    To the scolds of the world, as long as you’re white, this is just shenanigans.

  2. ethanabides July 26, 2022 / 4:35 pm

    I would expect school people to bitch about it. Guidance counselors and the like. Scandalous! It’s such a destructive message for our kids.

  3. Isaac July 26, 2022 / 4:41 pm


  4. ethanabides July 26, 2022 / 5:26 pm

    One time I walked into a grocery store, walked straight to the cigarette display (remember when grocery stores had cigarettes just sitting there on the shelf?), grabbed two packs of Lucky Strike filters, and walked out. If anybody saw me, they didn’t say anything.

    Then I laughed and waved them into the air.

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