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|Origin||Los Angeles, California|
|Associated acts||Jane's Addiction, Porno for Pyros, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Polar Bear|
Deconstruction was a band formed by former Jane's Addiction members, guitarist Dave Navarro and bassist Eric Avery. Originally their former Jane's Addiction bandmate drummer Stephen Perkins was slated to be Deconstruction's drummer but instead joined Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell's new band Porno for Pyros. Drummer Michael Murphey was instead recruited for percussion duties.
The band, all Los Angeles residents, recorded material in a studio somewhere along the Big Sur coastline in California and released a self-titled LP in 1994 to little public appeal and varied critical acclaim. This came in marked contrast to Porno for Pyros, who were consistent with their lukewarm reviews, despite their relative popularity.
A British band of the same name sought to legally stop Eric Avery and company from using the name Deconstruction, but dropped threats of legal action when they were assured the Californian trio's album would be a one-off project.
Dave Navarro went on to join the Red Hot Chili Peppers later that year and participate in Jane's Addiction reunions in 1997 and 2001. Eric Avery remained in the background for fifteen years prior to joining the high-profile resurrection of the original Jane's Addiction line-up in 2009. In between times he played bass for Garbage and Alanis Morissette's band, he auditioned for the vacant bass chair in Metallica after Jason Newsted's departure (a position since filled by Robert Trujillo), but mainly focused on writing and recording in his band Polar Bear, and his own solo work thereafter.
Today, the Deconstruction album is considered a cult masterpiece. In the book, Don't Try This at Home, written by both Neil Strauss and Navarro, Navarro describes the band as "more of an artistic experiment than anything else. We didn't have songs; some people viewed us as geniuses and others viewed us as fools. And, personally, I could see the rationale behind both points of view very clearly."
- Deconstruction (1994)
- Don't Try This at Home pg. 65
- IGN.com's retrospective review of Deconstruction
- A dedicated and central Jane's Addiction site Includes information about Deconstruction and popular message boards
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