Who or what is Jane in the title of Maroon 5’s album, Songs About Jane? Is it a drug reference?
“Jane is my ex-girlfriend,” Adam Levine, Maroon 5’s lead singer, told me. “I wanted to name the record really sincerely–record names are so clever and cute these days. I was 18 or 19 when I saw Jane at the gas station, and I fell in love with her. I sweet-talked her, made her fall in love with me, then I got frustrated with her and we parted ways.” How does Jane feel about having a hit album named after her? “I actually asked her permission,” Levine said. “That was the last time we spoke. She seemed flattered, but I know she disapproves of me and what I do with my life.”
(Excerpted from the 2006 book Is Tiny Dancer Really Elton’s Little John?: Music’s Most Enduring Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed, published by Three Rivers Press, written by Gavin Edwards.)