This Day in Music 29.03.2016
Perry Farrell is a singer songwriter and musician. He is one of the original musical figures of the '90s and he his better known as the frontman of alternative rock band Jane's Addiction.
Born Perry Bernstein in New York City on March 29, 1959, he changed his name to Perry Farrell as a play on the word “peripheral”. In early '80s, during this period formed the goth-alternative band called Psi Com. Psi Com broke up around 1985 and Farrell met Eric Avery through mutual friends. In the mid '80s Farrell put together what would become one of the important rock bands of that period, Jane's Addiction.
He hooked up with a pair of young metalheads, drummer Stephen Perkins and guitarist Dave Navarro, plus his friend Eric Avery on bass. The band was also different in that it was against the testosterone-heavy image of other rockers at the time, the bandmembers would often kiss each other on-stage and Farrell would sometimes dress in drag. Jane's Addiction, prior to their first break-up, released three albums Janice's Addiction, Nothing's Shocking and Ritual De Lo Habitual. The albums, platinum certified, were considered classics, proving to be incredibly influential on the '90s alt rock scene.
Jane's Addiction - Been Caught Stealing (from Ritual De Lo Habitual, 1990)
Late in 1991, Jane's Addiction broke up due to internal tensions over differing ideologies mostly centering on drug use, notably Farrell's severe addiction to heroine. Perry also tried his hand at filmmaking around this time, with the hard-to-decipher “Gift”. He went straight into his next project, Porno for Pyros.
In 1997, Jane's Addiction reformed for a brief reunion tour with Flea (RHCP bassist), replacing Avery on bass. A year later, Farrel became a father, swore on drugs and drink for good and released his first solo album, which featured contributions by Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tony Morello and Red Hot Chili Peppers John Frusciante.
Farrell is best known to have changed the fortune of Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival. Following the festival's disastrous first year, the event was not held in 2000. In 2001, a decision was made to organize the festival again, but just a few months before the festival was set to occur, there was still no headlining group. Farrell who was friend with the festival organizers, decided to reunite Jane's Addiction for the event, which helped draw large crowds and allowed the festival to yield a profit. Farrell is the only performer that has played every Coachella. Farrell also created with Ted Gardener and Marc Geiger the Lollapaloza Festival as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction.
Janes Addiction live - LOLLAPALOOZA 2012 (full concert)
In 2003, Jane's Addiction released an album Strays. It quickly became one of their best selling records and was certified gold in the USA and silver in UK.
Jane's Addiction - Just Because (from Strays, 2003)
Farrell has also released a number of solo tracks online, all of them recorded with the involvement of wife Etty Lau. Their song "Go All the Way (Into the Twilight)" appeared on the Twilight film soundtrack.