Bassist Martyn LeNoble has been keeping busy in the music scene since his split with
experimental funksters Porno for Pyros.
After recording and playing with Scott Weiland, LeNoble recently played bass on an
all-star cover of Sly Fox's "Let's Go All the Way" with Weiland and members of Limp
Bizkit, Orgy and other alternative rock stars. Last year, LeNoble, along with members of
Rage Against the Machine and Alice in Chains, contributed to a new version of Pink
Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall" for the film "The Faculty."
LeNoble was born 30 years ago today in Vlaardingen, the Netherlands. He hooked up
with Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell in Los Angeles and became the bassist for
Porno for Pyros, the band Farrell formed following the breakup of Jane's Addiction in
Farrell and LeNoble were joined in Porno for Pyros by former Jane's Addiction drummer
Stephen Perkins and guitarist Peter DiStefano. The new band had a greater emphasis
on sonic experimentation than Jane's Addiction, resulting in more jam-oriented
metal/funk grooves over Farrell's signature cosmic ranting.
Porno for Pyros' 1993 eponymous debut failed to impress critics, who found both the
music and lyrics sketchy. The band made its name primarily with its stage shows. The
carnival-like act featured performance artists, ballerinas and fire-breathing strippers.
The group debuted on the second stage of Lollapalooza II, the alternative-rock festival
that Farrell first organized in 1991. Porno for Pyros headlined the 1993 UK Reading
Festival and played Woodstock '94.
Alternative music fans were primed for the release of Porno for Pyros' second LP, 1996's
Good God's Urge (RealAudio excerpt of title
cut). The album was better received than its predecessor and seemed to
indicate good things ahead for the band. But DiStefano's bout with cancer slowed the
group's progress, as the members cancelled plans until the guitarist's chemotherapy
In 1996 LeNoble left Porno for Pyros. Though the band replaced him, Farrell's attention
quickly turned to the 1997 reunion of Jane's Addiction. In early '98, Porno for Pyros
LeNoble's first big post-Porno gig was Stone Temple Pilots frontman Weiland's 1998
12 Bar Blues solo album. LeNoble was in the band for the tour, which was
scratched when Weiland was arrested on a drug charge.
Lately, LeNoble has been a member of the band Driz, an L.A.-based pop-rock group that
also includes ex-Samiam drummer Victor Indrizzo on guitars and vocals. At last report,
Driz were mulling over recording offers.
Other birthdays: Loretta Lynn, 64; Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple/Rainbow), 54; Patrick
Fairley (Marmalade), 53; Larry Ferguson (Hot Chocolate), 51; Joey Pesce ('Til Tuesday),
37; Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees), 32; and Buddy Knox, 1933-1999.