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Album Review

Perry Farrell has been the singer of two groundbreaking, influential bands — Jane's Addiction and Porno for Pyros — so it was only fitting that a best-of should be issued. The 1999 16-track compilation Rev included highlights and rarities from both outfits, as well as a pair of new solo tracks. While most of the expected songs are featured ("Mountain Song," "Stop," "Pets," "Tahitian Moon,"), the track listing ultimately leaves out many highlights: "Ain't No Right," "Classic Girl," "Meija," and "Cursed Male" are all noticeably absent. Longtime fans will want Rev since it includes several hard-to-find tracks — a 12" remix of "Been Caught Stealing," a few cover songs (the Grateful Dead's "Ripple," Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love," the Bernstein/Sondheim composition "Tonight"), and an original only previously available on the Private Parts soundtrack, "Hard Charger." Unfortunately, the two all-new Farrell solo tracks aren't as stellar as you'd expect. Always one to inject new musical forms and ideas into his sound, Farrell tackles electronic/drum'n'bass on the title track (which features restrained guest appearances by Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' John Frusciante), as well as a vapid, totally deconstructed rendition of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." While Rev serves its purpose as a decent introduction for newcomers, longtime fans will sense it could have been a whole lot better.


Born: 29 March 1959 in Queens, New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Perry Farrell is quite simply, one of the most important and original musical figures of the '90s. Born Perry Bernstein in New York City on March 29, 1959, Perry moved with his family to Miami, FL as a youngster, and eventually wound up in Los Angeles, CA, where he discovered the liberating punk rock movement. By the early '80s, goth rock was sweeping across L.A. -- as a result, Perry changed his name to Perry Farrell ("peripheral") and formed the goth-alternative band, Psi Com. While the group was...
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