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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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Porno for Pyros

Under-rated, under-hyped, forgotten and a little-bit lost in the sea of early 90's alternative sets, but it holds its own when you hit play and reminisce. The fan of percussion will dig Perkins, who once again proves he belongs with the greatest; or maybe even in a league of his own. Haunting, and melodic, the second half grooves; the first half is a little bit 'Nothing's Shocking' but mixes it up well. A must-have for any fan of music.

Porno For Pyros

PFP was born after the break up the influential Jane's Addiction. That band had everything going for them. But sadly, there were internal conflicts between the guitarist and the bassist and the singer and the drummer. The singer, Perry Farrell, and the drummer, Stephen Perkins, formed this band, Porno For Pyros. The bad part is that since Farrell has such a distinctive voice, one may mistake this band as Jane's Addiction. The main difference is while Jane's Addiction focused a lot more on guitar and regular bass, Porno For Pyros focuses more on funky bass slapping like Red Hot Chili Peppers and the drums are much more identifiable and cooler sounding. Songs like Cursed Female and Black Girlfriend sound like they were written by Jane's Addiction, however. But this is overall a really good album. I think this band never really got anywhere big because Farrell focused a lot on managing Lollapalooza and stuff.

Glad Janes Addictions back together

But I really wish that Porno for Pyros would get back together as well (permanently). The song Pets still gives me chills it's so good.

Biography

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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