Picks and Pans Review: Scenes from Gift
MTV (Tues., May 21, midnight ET)
Among young fans of rock music, this year’s touchstone for hipness is fealty to the group Jane’s Addiction. This special is an extensive, choppy preview of the forthcoming 90-minute video by Perry Farrell, the band’s singer and aesthetician, and filmmaker Casey Niccoli. The sampler contains a disturbing simulation of street junkies in a drug detox session, concert footage of Jane’s. Addiction performing “Ain’t No Right,” a conceptual treatment of “Classic Girl,” and a confrontation between Farrell and rapper Ice-Ton Sly Stone’s “Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey.”
Art rock has always been pretty tiresome, a blend of the half-baked and the lumpy, unless the music is good. Fortunately for them, Jane’s Addiction can play.