Deep Cuts

Deep Cuts: Porno For Pyros

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Porno For Pyros is one of the great lost ’90s era major label bands. They had a hit with “Pets,” appeared on a couple of big soundtracks (Cable Guy and Private Parts), and appeared at big shows like Ozzfest, Woodstock ’94, and Lollapalooza. So why aren’t they remembered more fondly?

The problem most likely comes down to the fact that the band only existed during Jane’s Addiction’s first dark period between ’92 and ’97. When that band reunited (minus bassist Eric Avery) for the Kettle Whistle album and tour, Porno For Pyros folded their tent.

They were also more melodic and avant garde than Jane’s, and didn’t really fit with the prevailing grunge ethos of the era. Guitarist Peter DiStefano didn’t have the metal edge of Dave Navarro, and songs like “Porpoise Head” were probably impenetrable to listeners expecting “Pets,” “Been Caught Stealing” and “Jane Says.”

But man, they were good. Here’s a quick playlist of some of my favorite Porno For Pyros cuts:

“Black Girlfriend.” Perry’s best songs capture a moment, and this one does that very well.

“Tonight.” A great B-side from the “Pets” single.

“Satellite of Love.” Another cover song, this time a Lou Reed classic. This was originally a B-side to “Tahitian Moon,” but later showed up on the Cable Guy soundtrack.

“Hard Charger.” From the Private Parts soundtrack and featuring both Flea and Dave Navarro, this track foreshadows the ’97 Jane’s reunion.

“Packin’ .25.” There are a few tracks on the self-titled debut album that remind me of an S.E. Hinton novel. This is one of them.

“Thick of it All.” Good God’s Urge was a textural album — the kind of record you sit and listen to rather than bang your head. This track is a good example of what I’m talking about.

“Cursed Male.” This track includes a few lines that I quote frequently: “All the guys / That really have the money / Are too old / To have a good time with it.”

“Tahitian Moon.” My favorite Porno For Pyros song by a mile. Just beautiful.

Here’s where I usually ask for your favorite deep cuts on whatever this week’s topic is, but I sense that I may be alone on this one. I hate to break with tradition, though. Have a favorite Porno For Pyros track that I missed? Leave it in the comments section — I’m listening.

 

 

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