Very few alternative/indie bands survived the ’80s (and then the ‘90s) intact. Three survivors – Jane’s Addiction, Dinosaur Jr. and Living Colour — have teamed up to play five shows this month, including a stop here at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica on Saturday, July 23. Each act has experienced its ups and downs but after breaking up and subsequently reforming, the bands have embarked on yet another phase of their careers. In separate phone interviews, we spoke to Living Colour singer Corey Glover, Dinosaur Jr. drummer Murph and Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins about their respective bands.
When the band first formed in the ‘80s, what was the alternative rock scene like?
Glover: There was an alternative scene; there’s always been an alternative scene. But how it was represented was different. There was always a scene. And there was even a black rock scene. It didn’t see the light out day, but it was out there. CBGB’s was always a bastion for it. There was always a place you could go hear this kind of stuff. It just never poked its head above ground.
Murph: We formed in 1985. There was a lot of punk that was happening. There was the Boston scene and D.C. and New York. It was a different time. It was transitioning. Drum machines were coming in. Radio was Top 40 and all classic rock. You didn’t hear Nirvana or Alice in Chains. It was Steve Miller, Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd on every station.
Perkins: In 1985, I graduated high school. For the three or four years before that, I was a Tommy Lee and Motley Crue fanatic. I would go to every show that happened on the Strip even though I was still in high school. By the time Jane’s started, the Strip was coming to an end but we were a downtown band with the Chili Peppers, Fishbone, X and Firehose. We started at midnight and 1 a.m. Those bands on the Strip ended at midnight. There wasn’t much of a separation. We would see the guys from GNR and Faster Pussycat and Bullet Boys at our shows. It was a great scene