Perry Farrell adopted a rescue named Annie from the LA rescue centre which became the inspiration for the 90s is “Been Caught Stealing’” by Jane’s Addiction.
Annie tended to be somewhat clingy, showing distress when her owner departed for the day. Sympathetic to her plight, Perry decided to bring her along to the recording studio on a day he was slated to lay down some vocals. The sight of Perry donning his headphones bewildered Annie, leading her to bark.
Interestingly, the recording equipment was in operation, and it managed to capture Annie’s urgent “why-are-you-wearing-that” barks. Post this incident, the decision was made to incorporate Annie’s unique contribution into the song—a choice that turned out to be quite successful.
March 29, 1959 (64)
Perry Farrell is an American musician, songwriter, and artist who has left a significant imprint on the rock music scene as the frontman of the alternative rock band Jane’s Addiction and as the mastermind behind the acclaimed Lollapalooza music festival.
Perry Farrell’s journey into the limelight began with his role as the lead vocalist for the post-punk band Psi Com in the mid-1980s. However, it was his tenure with Jane’s Addiction from 1985 to 1991, and then again during several reunions, that catapulted Farrell into stardom. Known for their fusion of alternative, punk, and psychedelic rock, Jane’s Addiction released several notable albums, such as “Nothing’s Shocking” and “Ritual de lo Habitual,” both of which were critically lauded and commercially successful. Farrell later formed the band Porno for Pyros, whose self-titled debut album reached the top 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. But his influence was not only confined to the stage. As a visionary behind Lollapalooza, a touring music and culture festival founded in 1991, Farrell shaped the landscape of music festivals, creating a gathering that celebrated diversity in music and provided a platform for alternative and non-mainstream acts.
Farrell’s collaborations span a broad array of artists and celebrities. Collaborations with the likes of rock icon Dave Navarro, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea, Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins, and the eccentric artist and singer Nuno Bettencourt have marked pivotal moments in Farrell’s career. He has also crossed paths with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and electronic music pioneers The Crystal Method. In addition, Farrell’s collaborative endeavors with British electronica band Hybrid and DJ and producer Paul Oakenfold have showcased his ability to blur the lines between rock and electronic music. He also worked on a project called “Satellite Party,” a project that brought together musicians like Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas and Peter DiStefano from Porno for Pyros.
Farrell has not been a stranger to recognition. Jane’s Addiction’s groundbreaking album “Ritual de lo Habitual” has been certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA. Moreover, Farrell’s contribution to the music industry as the founder of Lollapalooza has been recognized in various ways. In 2003, the USA Today named Lollapalooza one of the top 10 moments in rock. Rolling Stone magazine acknowledged the cultural significance of the festival.
Beyond his musical accomplishments, Perry Farrell has also shown an interest in animal advocacy. He has often used his platform to promote animal rights and environmental causes. In 2016, Farrell and his wife, Etty Lau Farrell, launched the ‘Kind Heaven’ project, a Southeast Asian-themed musical event in Las Vegas, which in part aimed to raise awareness and funds for endangered species.