PORNO FOR PYROS / PORNO FOR PYROS 12"
Perry Ferrell and Stephen Perkins are former members of Jane's Addiction. From the opening lines of Porno for Pyros' 1993 self-titled debut ("I've got the devil in me/it's a cloud"), it's clear Perry Farrell's back, and has brought his mix of sinister sneer and gentle mysticism with him. While PORNO FOR PYROS is generally set on a level less raucous than most of Farrell's output with Jane's Addiction (the unbridled shouter "Bad Sh*t," a notable exception), Farell remains charmingly unsettling (and unsettlingly charming). From the psychedelic hops of "Cursed Female" to the creepy lullaby of "Pets," PORNO FOR PYROS explores the back alleys of the soul in a manner few but wraith prince Farrell can. Live Recording Recorded at Crystal Studios, Los Angeles, California in the summer of 1992. Personnel: Perry Farrell (vocals); Peter DiStefano (guitar); Stephen Perkins (drums, percussion). Audio Mixer: Matt Hyde . Recording information: Crystal Studios, Hollywood, CA (1992). Photographer: Bill Hofstadter. Unknown Contributor Roles: Porno for Pyros; Skatemaster Tate. Porno For Pyros: Perry Farrell (vocals); Peter DiStefano (guitar); Martyn Le Noble (bass); Stephen Perkins (drums, percussion). Additional personnel: Matt Hyde. Rolling Stone (7/8/93, p.114) - 3 Stars - Good - "...dabbles in straightforward song styles, but not for long--this is one impatient record, leaping from angst to resignation to fury within a few bars....Like L.A. itself, Perry Farrell's mind may not be pretty, but it's worth a visit..."
Spin (4/93, p.100) - "...The die-hard [Jane's Addiction] fan will fall instantly in love with this LP..."
Entertainment Weekly (5/7/93, p.55) - "...the most compelling album [singer] Farrell has ever made....Everything on PORNO FOR PYROS sounds squalid and back-alley...Grinding wah-wah guitars and clanky, trash-can- style drumming heighten the creepy-crawly atmosphere...." - Rating: B+
Q (6/93, p.106) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...takes off exactly where Jane's Addiction left off...Farrell's performance reinstates him not as Lollapalooza's wise elder statesman but as its wild and irresponsible spirit. May he never mature..."