We left off yesterday with Bic Runga, now the leaving has louder and wider passions with this song about a white girl being kicked out of her family home because of having a black boyfriend: “My sister and her boyfriend slept in the park. / She had to leave home 'cause he was dark. /Now they parade around in New York with a baby boy ... He's gorgeous!” Written in 1987, and described by the Los Angeles band as a live favourite that definitely stirred up the moshpit, it was released with their successful second studio 1990 album Ritual de lo habitual.
Part rock, part punk-funk-metal, the band has a distinctive style with Eric Avery's funk bass and frontman Perry Farrell’s high voice. There are also obvious music parallels with Red Hot Chilli Peppers, with guitarist Dave Navarro leaving to join them in 1993, and then that band’s bassist Flea joining Jane’s Addiction return tour in 1997. Farrell set up the now annual Lollapalooza festival in 1991, which showcased associated acts such as Nine Inch Nails, The Butthole Surfers, Rollins Band and The Violent Femmes. Not unlike the the style of its music, band has had various stops and starts, first splitting up in 1991, then reformed twice, the last time from 2008 to the present.
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