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Perry Farrell's Satellite Party - Ultra Payload

2007-08-03 11:31
20 years, too many drugs and far too many Lollapalooza festivals later and he’s back, reinventing himself as the aging hippie Morrison avoided becoming by boozing and barbituating himself into the grave.

It gets worse. Perry’s actually dragged poor Jimbo back with him. Yes, you heard right, on Ultra Payload he unearths unheard Jim Morrison vocals (“Woman In The Window”); rips off Eastern-edged psychedelic folk; throws in some wah-wah-happy new wave (“I Just Want to Celebrate”); rehashes reggae rhythms, putrid punk and lame 70s funk (“Kinky”) and finishes it all off with happy-clappy neo-liberal preaching that would put even Bono to shame (“The Solutionists”). Phew!

And let’s not forget about the ‘esteemed guests’ (tacky album sticker hard-sell) invited to his satellite party. Nope. Not even Black Eyed Pea Fergie, New Order bassist Peter Hook, Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt, and Red Hot Chili Peppers Flea and John Frusciante can save Perry from sounding like that dude at the flea market who insists on trying to sell you those damn dream-catchers. Just press stop and put him out of his misery!

- Miles Keylock

Back in the bad old 80s and early 90s as the leading man in Jane’s Addiction Perry Farrell was the Jim Morrison of alt. rock - a dangerous demigod feeding off rock’s infatuation with sex, drugs and counterculture.

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