Taking a Hard Look at Porno for Pyros

Taking a Hard Look at Porno for Pyros

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Jane’s Addiction were a force to be reckoned with back in the 80s and early 90s, but things went a little bit wrong for them and they split in 1992, although they are now back and rocking stages around the world. However, during that brief hiatus, Porno for Pyros was formed from the ashes…one of the greatest bands you have not heard of.

Porno for Pyros was the brainchild of former members of Jane’s Addiction; Perry Farrell and Stephen Perkins. Martyn LeNoble and Peter DiStefano rounded out the rest of the band. Their name was whipped right out of their favourite adult magazine. Apparently, there was an ad related to fireworks there. We sometimes wonder what name they would have come up with in the modern era when people are veering away from magazines and opting to look at the best sites online instead.

Porno for Pyros never produced music that was drastically different from Jane’s Addiction. Their rock was a little bit less mainstream, but since the core of the band moved over to the new one, this was to be expected.

People loved Jane’s Addiction just before the band split, which meant that there was a huge amount of anticipation for the first album to come from Porno for Pyros, and their first album, their self-titled album, managed to make its way straight into number 3 on the Billboard Top 200.

One thing which differentiates Porno for Pyros from the Jane’s Addiction counterparts was their stage show. While Addiction would just head onto a stage with a ton of instruments and blast music for the whole world to hear, Pyros went more down the ‘KISS route’. This meant a ton of props on stage and yes, this also meant a lot of pyrotechnics. The energy of their shows was completely different, but they were still pumping out the same great music.

Sadly, the second album from them didn’t do quite as well. ‘Good God’s Urge’ managed to only hit position 20 on the Billboard 20. However, this is fair enough. The band was not really dealing with the ‘promotion’ of Jane’s Addiction at the time. The album was a critical success, just not a commercial success. This would be the last album the band released, with Peter DiStefano’s cancer diagnosis forcing the band into an almost permanent hiatus. 

So, what of Porno for Pyros in the future? Well, all the best sites in the world of music seem to indicate that a reunion is on the cards for the band. Sure, Jane’s Addiction is going through a full touring schedule right now, but all members of Porno for Pyros have spoken about a reunion at some point. Since they managed to get themselves back together in 2009, albeit briefly, they is a huge chance they will hit the touring circuit over the coming years.

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