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Good God's Urge *

  • 1. Porpoise Head
    2. 100 Ways
    3. Tahitian Moon
    4. Kimberly Austin
    5. Thick of It All
    6. Good God's://Urge!
    7. Wishing Well
    8. Dogs Rule the Night
    9. Freeway
    10. Bali Eyes
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 46126

  • Credits
    EngineerThomas Johnson; Thomas "Snake" Johnson; Matt Hyde

    Porno For Pyros: Perry Farrell (vocals, harp, keyboards, percussion, samples); Peter DiStefano (guitar, samples, background vocals); Martyn LeNoble (bass); Stephen Perkins (drums, percussion, samples, background vocals).
    Additional personnel: John Flannery (guitar, trash can, background vocals); David Navarro, Daniel Ash (guitar); Matt Hyde (slide guitar, samples); Lili Haydn (violin); Leo Chelyapov (clarinet); Ralf Rickert (trumpet); Thomas Johnson (keyboards); Flea, David J, Mike Watt (bass); Thomas Johnson (samples, sound effects); Kevin Haskins (samples); Kimberly Juarez, Josh "Bagel" Klassman, Christine Cagle, Shawn London (background vocals).
    Producers: Perry Farrell, Thomas Johnson, Matt Hyde.
    Recorded at Shangri-La Studios, Zuma Beach, California and The Record Plant, Los Angeles, California.
    Lyricist: Perry Farrell.
    Personnel: Perry Farrell (vocals, harp, keyboards, percussion, sampler); Peter DiStefano (guitar, sampler, background vocals); John Flannery (guitar, background vocals); Daniel Ash, Dave Navarro (guitar); Matt Hyde (slide guitar, sampler); Lili Haydn (violin); Leo Chelyapov (clarinet); Thomas "Snake" Johnson (saxophone, keyboards, sampler, sound effects); Ralph Rickert (trumpet); Stephen Perkins (drums, percussion, sampler, background vocals); Kevin Haskins (sampler); Josh "Bagel" Klassman, Shawn London, Kimberly Juarez, Christine Cagle (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Matt Hyde .
    Recording information: Shangri La Studios, Zuma Beach, CA; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA.
    Photographer: John Eder.
    Unknown Contributor Role: John Flannery.
    Pyros maniac Perry Farrell has always favored his creative instincts over the quick buck. His first band, Jane's Addiction, mixed punk, funk and classic-rock riffs at a time when rock was ruled by hair bands; Porno For Pyros entered the alt-rock sweepstakes by touring on a stage that looked like a circus sideshow and refusing to play Jane's Addiction songs. GOOD GOD'S URGE, the second Porno album, finds Farrell on a more metaphysical tip--inspired, apparently, by frequent surfing trips to the South Seas (he alludes to them in "Tahitian Moon" and "Bali Eyes"). It's a radically different album than PORNO FOR PYROS.
    Bassist Martyn LeNoble quit the band midway through the recording of GOOD GOD'S URGE, and was replaced by ex-Minutemen/Firehose bassist Mike Watt. That's Watt on the surreal "100 Ways," a song that sounds like the result of a Spanish bullfighter discovering Eastern mysticism. The British band Love And Rockets provides the backing on dreamy opening cut, "Porpoise Head." Some tunes, such as "Dogs Rule The Night," actually cleave close to the old Jane's sound; others show a continuing drive to explore. "Wishing Well" is a swirling mass in the middle of which a clarinet plays a klezmer-like break.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (6/13/96, pp.80-82) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...the highlight of GOOD GOD'S URGE is the searing title song, which is split into two moods that make alternate pleas for compassion and fury....Well put and idiosyncratic..."
    Spin (7/96, p.93) - 6 (out of 10) - "...There's little in the way of a 'we' here; all curiosity seems directed inward, to places no Lollapalooza laminate can get you. Much of GOOD GOD'S URGE was inspired by surfing trips to the Pacific Islands, and like any surf believer Farrell knows his only true kinship is with the waves..."
    Melody Maker (5/25/96, p.49) - "...these cocoon symphonies are strange and disturbing things....Perhaps the biggest mistake you could make with "Good God's Urge" is to try to understand it....Far better to abandon logic and let it wash over you..."
    RIP (7/96, p.12) - 5 (out of 5) - "...GOOD GOD's URGE is too far out there--ahead of it's time with a little borrowed from the mushroom-era of the '60s (War, not Sonny & Cher). Good God-dess!..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (6/96, p.120) - "...Tunes confidently blend weird improvisation with gorgeous melody, giving the album both depth and beauty..."
    New York Times (Publisher) (6/2/96, Sec.2, p.28) - " up-to-date counterpart to the music Syd Barrett made after leaving Pink Floyd. It is weird, candid and minimal. Moments of nonsense and endearing simplicity are mixed with revelations best interpreted by a team of honest testament to flawed eccentricity."
    NME (Magazine) (5/25/96, p.50) - 8 (out of 10) - "...[Perry Farrell] has subjugated his ego to the ecosystem....GOOD GOD'S URGE is one long hymn to the greater forces...[that] evoke[s] colours and smells and feelings, a sensory feast....Perry Farrell is extraordinary..."
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