Music: Anything But Peripheral

After Jane's Addiction and Porno for Pyros, veteran bandsman Perry Farrell goes smartly techno solo

Perry Farrell knows the value of a weird rock-'n'-roll name. In the late '80s he fronted Jane's Addiction, the artsy Los Angeles punk-metal outfit. He christened his next group, Porno for Pyros, while flipping through a fireworks catalog. And when he started an eclectic summer music festival complete with freaky sideshow acts, he dubbed it Lollapalooza after hearing the absurd word in a Three Stooges short. Even his stage name is a word twist. Born Perry Bernstein, he renamed himself "peripheral": Perry Farrell.

For Song Yet to Be Sung, his first new album in five years, Farrell considered forming yet...

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