Porno For Pyros
Good God's Urge


4.0
excellent

Review

by DoofusWainwright USER (100 Reviews)
March 5th, 2016 | 27 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pyros of the Caribbean

We all have our own ideas of paradise; for some it's a fantasy only accessible through dreams, for others it's a spiritual utopia lying somewhere beyond this mortal life. For the lucky ones paradise remains an earthbound proposition and very much accessible, a real place, one they've most likely visited before and hope to see again. Listening to Porno for Pyro's 'Good God's Urge' you are left in little doubt Perry Farrell is one of these fortunate souls as the album comes across as a thinly disguised love letter to the place(s) closest to his heart. Back in '96 this release met with incredulity and was criticised for lacking the outrageous Farrell pyrotechnics we'd all come to expect; as far as most were concerned the man simply wasn't being true to himself. Upon listening to the album I was confused by the reaction because to my ears these were easily the most natural sounding songs the man had ever penned.

Perry's version of perfection is actually a fairly conventional one; tropical islands, bird song, fresh bed sheets, your lover lying by your side, a regular supply of high quality hallucinogens, suicidal fantasies about crashing your sports car or going for one last fatal skinny dip...ok, so some parts more ordinary than others. The world of 'Good God's Urge' is never less than a strikingly beautiful one, but that's not to say there can't be a little trouble in paradise when you're hanging with a cat like Farrell. Those twin storm clouds of existential fear and reckless habits still roll in off the coast to periodically cast their dark shadows over proceedings, reflecting the truth that you can't ever truly outrun your demons, no matter how idyllic the surroundings.

These more troubling influences never threaten to disrupt the album's pervading atmosphere of blissed-out contentment, but whenever they do surface they invariably stand out thanks to the degree of contrast; 'Wishing Well' and 'Thick of it All' in particular capture that feeling of standing on a deserted beach at the exact moment the wind whips up and you catch a first glimpse of a storm closing in on the horizon. The standout 'Tahitian Moon' is all driving guitars and relentless hand claps, tidal waves of tension that break with the lulling chorus refrain of 'I don't know if I'll make it home tonight, but I know I can swim under the Tahitian moon.' In paradise it seems even death can be transformed into something painless, dignified, perhaps even inviting. 'Freeway' is more nihilistic in its take on self destruction, Farrell playing a game of chicken with his lover insisting he'll crash his speedy motor if she doesn't profess her undying love for him. The song itself feels like an equally reckless moment of rock n' roll abandon in the context of this release and ends up all the more appealing for it.

The majority of the album does away with all trace of these conflicted emotions instead documenting the unbridled feelings of freedom and love Farrell experiences in this exotic land. '100 Ways' should be unbearably sickly with it's dove cooing samples and muted trumpet but against all the odds still manages to win through, the song capturing the unmistakable sound of a man in total harmony with the life essence of everything that surrounds him. Similarly the unfussy campfire ballad 'Kimberley Austin' could so easily have ended up as totally unremarkable but once again that purity shines through like a beacon; Farrell joyously confides 'I like what she sees in herself...gives me all of her confidence', his heart as wide open as it could possibly be.

The album wraps up with the similarly acoustic led 'Bali Eyes' where Perry has fun playing with the double meaning of the word 'trip', ingesting mushrooms until he starts believing he's turning into a tree, burrowing his roots down into the earth beneath his bare toes. Its an intoxicating image and one that will ring true for anyone who's ever felt like they've found their very own patch of paradise on this lonely blue planet. People will always question why Farrell disbanded the hugely successful Jane's Addiction to pursue this far more low key and idiosyncratic project; 'Good God's Urge' should really provide them with all the answers they need.



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DoofusWainwright
March 5th 2016


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was weighing up giving this a 3.5 but went with the 4.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2016


14649 Comments


how do you write so quick man hahaha

Digging: Little Simz - GREY Area

DoofusWainwright
March 5th 2016


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ha Mort I've got in the habit that if I listen to something I'll just write a few phrases into my phone and then you have about six or seven and then you've got the basis of a review.



An album like this I've known for years and years which also helps a lot

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2016


14649 Comments


ahh yeah that makes sense, ive been getting more like that recentely, just writing down bits and bobs whenever i think of it

currently 1000 words into an Unwound review that is about as disjointed as their music haha

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
March 5th 2016


6744 Comments


yeah starting with point form is a good way. then pick the stuff you can expand upon

which Unwound album

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2016


14649 Comments


the Empire compilation

DoofusWainwright
March 5th 2016


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

1000 words into a review...the Doof don't go beyond a humble 750 I'm guessin'



When do you think it'll be ready Mort? I've only listened to 'Leaves Turn'

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2016


14649 Comments


should be ready some time in the next few days

its a compilation of the album preceding Leaves (challenge for a civilised society) then Leaves then a last disc of demos and b sides from that era of the band

Interestingly enough Leaves has always been labelled as discs 2 and 3 (released as its own) which implies challenge is disc 1, so Empire in reality is just one really long record and the proper way to listen to the albums

as you can imagine, thats the reason its taking quite a while and a lot of words to review

DoofusWainwright
March 5th 2016


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thats a mother load of tunes agreed

random
March 5th 2016


2794 Comments


This album is awesome.

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Titan
March 5th 2016


20017 Comments


awful band

DoofusWainwright
March 5th 2016


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'd have thought a Rush fan would dig the high vocals on this

Titan
March 6th 2016


20017 Comments


WE'LL MAKE GREAT PETS!
yeah yeah i know wrong album

CaptainDooRight
March 6th 2016


4204 Comments


book


Digging: Sarcasm (SWE) - Esoteric Tales of the Unserene

danielcardoso
March 6th 2016


11770 Comments


Nice band, great review buddy :]

DoofusWainwright
March 6th 2016


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Dan, more 90's goodness right here

Titan
March 6th 2016


20017 Comments


*daniel and doof sitting in a starbucks on a rainy day - haven't shaved in weeks, wearing their flannel shirts and winter hats.....it's 80 degrees outside, all while they convince each other that Mudhoney has recorded some solid shit....prior to meeting, daniel was jamming some badmotorfinger on a portable cd player while doof was spinning the singles soundtrack on repeat......the early 90's man, the early 90's

:D

TwigTW
March 6th 2016


3825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Never understood why this album wasn't more popular. Also didn't realize "Tahitian Moon" was about suicide. I knew it was about getting away, but not that far away. Certainly puts a new spin on it.

DoofusWainwright
March 6th 2016


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Maybe not directly suicide but entertaining the possibility that the choice to risk his life searching for his friend lost at sea is suicidally risky?

TwigTW
March 6th 2016


3825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I bet you're right. I've just never thought of it that way before.



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