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Perry Farrell Says We’ll Make Great Pets

By Jav Rivera

Back in 1993, alternative rock band Porno For Pyros released their single, Pets, as well as a very unusual video.  The single received heavy rotation on alternative radio stations and the video, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, got major airplay on MTV and went on to be nominated in the “Best New Artist Music Video” category. 

Porno For Pyros is the brainchild of Jane’s Addiction front man Perry Farrell and drummer Stephen Perkins who were joined by guitarist Peter DiStefano and bassist Martyn LeNoble.  Their self-titled debut album reached the #3 position on the Billboard top 200 list and Pets reached #1 on Billboard’s U.S. Modern list.

The first time I heard Pets I was intrigued by the calmness of the music and child-like voice of Perry Farrell – not to mention that wonderfully weird video.  In a time when grunge music was at its peak, came a song that was oddly tranquil and seemingly sweet - seemingly so because most people couldn’t understand the lyrics.  Here in lies the reason I’ve named it one of my favorite songs of all times.  With music that could ease a child to sleep, there was much to be interpreted by the lyrics.  (Click here read the lyrics: "Pets").

The song refers to human race's steady decline and the fact that we would make “great pets” for the new race, which may or may not be aliens.  It’s an honest opinion of mankind and cleverly hidden within a pop song that reached a mass audience.  Unlike other artists who focus on what we can do to help make a positive change, Farrell instead focuses on the inevitable result of mankind’s destructive behavior. It allows the audience to find their own reasons for change and I personally feel it’s a stronger method. 

And if you don’t care about change, just enjoy the tune.  It’s smart, simple and a pleasure to listen to.  And of course that video is just great to watch.  Spread the word!

For more information on Porno For Pyros, visit the official website for Jane’s Addiction at: janesaddiction.org

TRIVIA: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris later went on to direct the feature film Little Miss Sunshine and the VW commercial featuring Nick Drake’s "Pink Moon" (see Nick’s article here: Nick Drake Article).