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6B - The Michigan Daily Weekend Magazine - Thursday, September 5, 1996

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Porno for Pyros' Farrell
continually reinvents himself
Band puts on another original show
By Kari Jones

Fall television promises mixed bag
of prime time shows from networks
Bill Cosby returns to television in CBS's 'Cosby'

No one likes a qguitter. Unless, of
course, that quitter is Perry Farrell _-
the man who has made bowing out of
successful projects into an art form of
sorts.
Back in the good old days ( 1991)
when millions of American kids were
scratching their heads and saying
"Mom, what does 'Lollapalooza'
mean?" Farrell was feeding music
aficionados a slice of alternative pie.
Jane's Addiction. his band of the

unlike the Eddie Vedders of this
world, Farrell has never been hard-
pressed to combine success with
integrity.

moment was headlining a day-long
festival that brought together acts
from every branch of the musical

spectrum. lce-T, Siouxsie and the
Banshees, Living Color. Nine Inch
Nails ... who would have thought
that it would work?
But it did work. It worked so well
that Jane's Addiction began to draw
(cringe)"mainstream" attention to their
1990 release "Ritual de lo Habitual."
Their songs were being played on
national radio. Mothers across America
were answering, "Honey, I think
'Lollapalooza' means something about
taking people's money." And - coinci-
dence or not - this was the point at
which Farrell and the boys decided to
call it quits.
If it was a fear of things "common"

Perry Farrell, center, and cohorts make up Porno for Pyros.

that led Farrell to the decision to move
on to a new musical project, it seems
ironic that he continued to hold on to
the reins of Lollapalooza long after it
was nothing more than a bloated and
dying cash cow. It's hard to be alterna-
tive when you're presiding over a festi-
val where fans are paying three dollars
for a cup of water.
But this year Farrell did it again.
The Lollapalooza festival had blown

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up in his face, so he waved goodbye
and gracefully bowed out. Then he
got out of the captain's chair and hit
the road.
Porno for Pyros, his current band
(along with former Jane's drummer
Stephen Perkins and guitarist Peter
DiStefano), played a sold-out show at
Detroit's St. Andrew's Hall on July 15.
They could have easily filled a larger
venue, but put on an incredible show in
such an intimate setting.
The show started off normally (if
anything Farrell does is "normal") with
"Porpoise Head," a tune off the group's
new album "Good God's Urge." But
before the concert ended, Farrell had
stripped to a pair of black bikini briefs.
encored with several Jane's Addiction
tunes (including "Mountain Song,"
"My Time" and "I Would For You) and
even hung out the window of St.
Andrew's with DiStefano and played a
short acoustic set into the street.
Amazing.
And Farrell's list of "What I did on
my summer vacation" didn't end there.
Always one to explore new musical
dimensions, he came up with the ENIT
festival - an alternative man's alterna-
tive to what wasn't alternative anymore.
What? Exactly.
ENIT is a music festival that
occurs from sundown to sunrise and
includes such non-conventional
activities as attempting to search for
other-worldly life forms. Oh, and it's
also about love. Farrell has said that,
while he is not condoning orgies, he
wouldn't be opposed to having them
happen at his festival. Imagine
Lollapalooza's older sister, the hip-
pie. Original? Yes. Fun? Definitely.
Successful? Maybe.
But unlike the Eddie Vedders of
this world, - Farrell has never been
hard-pressed to combine success
with integrity. When success out-
weighs originality, the man moves
on. And you can bet that the moment
you see someone's chest covered with
"I went to ENIT and all I got was this
stupid T-shirt" ... Farrell will be exit-
ing stage left.

Kelly Xintaris
Daily Arts Writer
Say goodbye to summer TV No more
eye-glazing reruns, sensationalistic
Olympic commentary and "Singled
Out"-induced sluggishness. The net-
works have already unveiled their new
fall line-ups, which include dramas, sci-
fi, sitcoms and everything in between.
If you crave mindless entertainment, the
television will be dishing it out like the
Brown Jug's Backroom sells pizza.
Here's a look at this falls prime time
menu:
ABC
~ Dangerous.Minds, Monday, 8:00
Yes, the M ichelle Pfeiffer star-vehicle
that went "kerplunk" is now resur-
rected for TV with Annie Potts teach-
ing the wayward youths.
~ Spin City; Tuesday, 9:30
Judging by all good industry buzz,
Michael J. Fox has come a long way
since his Alex P. Keaton days. The
Diminutive One stars as a hotshot
political PR guy.
V Townies, Wednesday, 8:30
Teen '80s movie icon Molly
Ringwald sneaks back into the lime-
light in what has been billed as a
Roseanne-like version of Friends.
/ Clueless, Friday, 9:00
The movie that let Alicia Silverstone
shine does not appear to translate
well, no matter how many "whatev-
ers" are thrown in for good measure.
V Conmmon Law, Saturday, 9:30
Greg Giraldo plays a lawyer. Whoa.
V Relativity,Saturday, 10:00
Kimberly Williams ("Father of the
Bride") plays half of a twentysome-
thing couple dealing with love
against a California backdrop.
CBS
/ Cosby, Monday, 8:00
The Huxtables live! Bill Cosby
rehashes his relentlessly unfunny
shtick once again. Is "Cosby: The
Golden Years" next?
/ Ink, Monday, 8:30
Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen
carouse around as a lovely divorced
couple.
V Everybody Loves Raymond, Friday,
8:30
Comedian Ray Romano plays Ray,
who you gotta love.
/ Pearl, Wednesday, 8:30
Danny Devito's wife Rhea Perlman
plays a middle-aged woman who
goes to college.
V Public Morals, Wednesday, 9:30
Donal Logue, perfect as a sweaty
cabbie musing mushmouthedly in
recent MTV commercials, stars in
this Steven Bochco comedy.
V EZStreets, Wednesday, 10:00
If u want 2 watch Ken Olin play a
disgruntled cop, then this is the series
4 u.
V Early Edition, Saturday, 9:00
In this Chicago-based drama, Kyle
Chandler gets the next day's paper
every morning. Did someone say

V lmen Behaving Badly, Wednesday,
9:30
Former Mallory-girl Justine
Bateman and Rob "the Robmeister"
Schneider star in this controversial
sitcom.
V Suddenly Susan, Thursday, 9:30
When "Little Shop of Horrors"'
Seymour meets Brooke Shields at the
"Blue Lagoon," you never know
what could happen. Actually, the
future Mrs. Agassi plays a spunky
San Francisco journalist.
V Dark Skies, Saturday,8:00
Yet another supernaturally inspired
suspense drama, in case you gravitate
toward that sort of "Alien" type of
thing.
V Profiler, Saturday, 10:00
The "Profiler" is a psychically talent-
ed forensic psychologist who helps
out the FBI.

FOX

J Lush Life, Monday,9:30
Lori Petty ("Tank Girl") and Karyn
Parsons ("Fresh Prince of Bel-Air")
lead the lives of, well, lushes. Okay,
so really they just share a loft. Then
shouldn't it be Loft Life?
V Millenium, Friday, 9:00
Watch as President Clinton builds a
bridge to the next millenium.
Literally.
UPN
V Malcolm and Eddie, Monday, 8:30
Malcolm-Jamal Warner rooms with
Eddie, and the rest is sitcom history.
~ Goode Behavior, Monday, 9:00
The Jeffersons' Sherman Hemsley
behaves well enough to move in with
his son in this comedy.
V Sparks, Monday, 9:30
James Avery ("Fresh Prince of Bel-
Air") and Robin Givens star.
/ Homeboys in Outer Space,
Tuesday, 8:30
Two words: "Space Hoopty."
V The Burning Zone, Tuesday, 9:00
This new series falls nicely into the
current trend of biomedical
drama/thrillers.
WB
V The Steve Harvey Show, Sunday,
8:30
Self-explanatory.
V Life with Roger, Sunday, 9:30
No positive word on this sitcom star-
ring Mike O'Malley.
d Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher,
Wednesday, 8:30
"Oh yeah? Well PROVE that you're
a teacher, Freno!"
V The Jamie Foxx Show, Nednesday,
9:30
The man who brought a whole new
nuance to the phrase "I'll rock your
world" ("In Living Color") brings his
outrageousness to the stage.

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"Groundhog Day"?
NBC

Many old shows are returning to pick
up the slack of this slew of newcomers,
some of which have been around for at
least five years. Candice Bergen repris-
es her role as Murphy Brown (CBS,
Monday,9:00) for the show's ninth sea-
son, while Fran Drescher whines and
dines once again in The Nanny (CBS,
Wednesday, 8:00). Chicago Hope
(Monday, 10:00) and Almost Perfect
(Wednesday, 9:00), starring Nancy
Travis, also return to CBS.
NBC offers most of the top come-
dies, including Seinfeld (NBC,
Thursday, 9:00), Mad About You
(Tuesday, 8:00), and Frasier (Tuesday,
9:00). Oh yeah, and Friends, which
premieres Thursday, September 19 at
8:00. Home Improvement (Tuesday,
9:00) and NYPD Blue (Tuesday,
10:00) signal ABC's formidable com-
petition for viewers.
On FOX, the Beverly Hills, 90210
(Wednesday, 8:00) gang show us
campy California life, is the kids begin

Mega-star Bill Cosby makes
their last year of college
Aaron Spelling: 90210
Friends clique; equals ra
Party of Five (Wednesday,
on for another FOX season
The X-Files (Friday, 9:0
Moesha (Tuesday, 8:00
singer Brandy, rounds ot.
exhaustive list of shows
extend your TV time.

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