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Album Review

Perry Farrell's first project since splitting up Jane's Addiction, Porno for Pyros' self-titled debut, was one of the most highly anticipated rock releases of 1993. Joining Farrell is ex-Jane's drummer Stephen Perkins, guitarist Peter DiStefano, and bassist Martyn LeNoble, and while the music of Porno for Pyros contains some similarities to Jane's, it turned out to be a more ethereal and psychedelic affair. Most noticeably absent are the monstrous guitar riffs — DiStefano specializes more in textured guitar sounds (à la the Cure's Robert Smith, etc.), which puts more emphasis on Farrell's vocals and Perkins' drumming (who also adds exotic percussion to the proceedings). Also, Porno's compositions are far more succinct. Whereas Jane's were known to wander into mood-enhanced improv, most tracks on Porno for Pyros are under the four-minute mark, while Farrell's lyric-writing still alternates between train of thought and thought-provoking. The slightly melancholic ballad "Pets" was an MTV hit, as it lyrically touches upon the possibility of extraterrestrial life. A pair of tracks, "Cursed Female" and "Cursed Male," are sequenced back to back to create a brief epic (clocking in together at barely over seven minutes) that explores the pros and cons of both genders. Also featured is the funky "Meija," the hyperactive "Bad S**t," the ballad "Black Girlfriend," and the title track, which deals with the 1992 Los Angeles/Rodney King riots. While those expecting an instant classic like Nothing's Shocking and Ritual de lo Habitual were probably disappointed, Porno for Pyros remains an interesting musical detour for Farrell and co.

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A 90's Musical Benchmark

This production deserves the credit it is due. The overall production quality of this album was a benchmark for the 'alternative' music scene of the early 90's. A slight relief from the under produced grunge movement of around the same time. Through layers of crystal clear instruments Perry's voice melds seamlessly with the style of music Porno For Pyros are creating. Coherent sing along style of vocals/lyrics make this album more interactive for the listener. The 'alternate' or 'indie' music scene, as it was called at the time, was one of the scenes you had to monitor for music that was actually created buy musicians. But poor production quality let a lot of the artists of this genre & relative genres (inc metal) down & made it more difficult to convince the mainstream music fan that these genres do deserve appreciation. This album simply changed that with a clarity of sound that still impresses people today the same way it impressed people upon it's release. You could play this music and literally dare anyone to discredit it. No artist dare put any filler tracks on an album after this release as this is one of those rare masterpieces that can be listened to right through from start to finish. The tracks feel complete, there neat, tight & have depth. Put simply this album was made for intelligent reasons & is a must for the music connoisseur's audio library. 5 STARS.

the nintees rock

along with nirvana chilli peppers and faith no more these guys rock ever track

More drivel

just download "Pets" the rest is still as entertaining as sleeping through a Barry Manilow concert


Formed: 1993 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Perry Farrell's post-Jane's Addiction band, Porno for Pyros, followed the same path as his previous band, combining art rock, punk, heavy metal, and funk into one shrieking whole. On their self-titled 1993 debut, Farrell's pretensions got out of hand at times, resulting in some ridiculously self-absorbed conceptual pieces sitting next to some straightforward rockers and pop songs; it sold well at first, but soon slipped down the charts. While he prepared new Porno material in 1994, Farrell returned...
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