By David Hiltbrand
May 27, 1991 12:00 PM

MTV (Tues., May 21, midnight ET)

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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.

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