Blast From The Past: Porno For Pyros "Pets"



Okay, I'm gonna admit something. "Pets" is the only Porno For Pyros song I've ever heard. Considering the fact that I really kinda dug the song, I'm amazed that I never actually checked out their other stuff, but, for some reason, I never did.

Of course, I was one of the first folks outside L.A. to jump on the Jane's Addiction bandwagon upon the release of their first album on Triple X Records. I mean, you had to respect a band whose first record is a live album!

Of course, by the time they inked with Warner Brothers and released their first studio album, they were no longer my secret. I must admit, having to share them with jocks and frat guys kinda ruined the experience, so shoot me.

I get the feeling it kinda ruined the experience for Jane's singer Perry Farrell too, as his post-Jane's band seemed to go out of their way to NOT be this muscular rock & roll juggernaut that might appeal to such an audience. Instead, they seemed much more intent on being a little more esoteric and "arty".

Of course, as with anything that Perry is involved in, there is bound to be some vibrant social commentary.

Who can resist a song that basically criticizes humanity and openly hopes that the Martians will come, at which point, maybe...just maybe...we humans will make great pets.

See, the song itself is so cool, so evocative of the early 90's - before the decade was obliterated once and for all by that whole Hootie/Counting Crows/Pearl Jam vibe that was so ugh-tastic in its "hippie-go-lucky"-ness.

As with most cool songs, there is always the possibility of buying the album and quickly realizing that there is nothing else on said album that comes close to the greatness of that one song. Oh, how we've all been burned by that at one point or another. Fool me twice, shame on me!

And so I never did get around to checking out Porno For Pyros' other tunes. Maybe I've really missed out on some great music. Nah, I'm pretty sure I didn't.

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  1. Check out a podcast review of Porno for Pyros self-titled album on Dig Me Out at digmeoutpodcast.com, a weekly podcast dedicated to revisiting and reviewing lost, forgotten, overlooked and under-appreciated rock albums of the 1990s.

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