Porno For Pyros

Porno For Pyros (ST) Cover

Porno For Pyros (ST)

Porno For Pyros is the band’s self titled debut album, released by Warner Brothers Records on April 27, 1993.  This album was delayed due to issues with the album’s artwork, which like Jane’s Addiction albums before it, was based on a sculpture created by Perry Farrell.  The main point of contention about the cover between Perry and Warner Brothers Records was the inclusion of a swastika inside a Jewish star of David on the side of the rocket.  The two disparaging symbols combined are apparently a universal sign of peace, although this is not well known.  A sketch of the original album cover concept displays the inclusion of the two symbols.  In the end, a drawing of a devil head was substituted for the symbol on the side of the rocket.  The sculpture itself apparently was destroyed after it caught fire and exploded shortly after being photographed due to a malfunction in one of the fireworks being used.

Several of the songs included on this album have their origins as Jane’s Addiction songs.  Both Blood Rag and Bad Shit began as interludes during Pigs In Zen.  The songs were never recorded and released by Jane’s and remained uncompleted until Porno For Pyros recorded and released them.

Alternate Versions:

In addition to the standard black 12″ vinyl version, limited edition colored 12″ vinyl copies of this album exist in the following colors:  clear, blue orange, and pink.  There is also a promo 12″ black vinyl version.

The cassette version released in Poland displays the album cover shrunken down and has additional text displaying Porno For Pyros.

A CD promo sampler version of this album was released, featuring four tracks from the album.

Album Charting & Awards:

This was Porno’s most successful album to date, and was certified with Gold Record status on June, 29, 1993.  The album peaked as #3 on the Billboard 200 Chart.

Track Listings:

Standard Release:

  1. Sadness
  2. Porno for Pyros
  3. Meija
  4. Cursed Female
  5. Cursed Male
  6. Pets
  7. Bad Shit
  8. Packin’ .25
  9. Black Girlfriend
  10. Blood Rag
  11. Orgasm

Cassette and Vinyl versions of this album include tracks 1-6 on side A, and tracks 7-11 on side B.

Promo Sampler:

  1. Pets
  2. Cursed Female
  3. Cursed Male
  4. Packin’ .25

Released Date: 04/27/1993
Released By: Warner Brothers Records
ID Number(s): 45228, SAM 1166 (Promo Sampler), PRO-A-9018 (Promo Vinyl), WPCP-5211 (Japan)
Medium(s): Cassette, CD, 12″ Vinyl, iTunes, Amazon Mp3
Time: 39:28, 14:23 (Promo Sampler)

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