Pets (song)

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Pets (Porno for Pyros single - cover art).jpg
Single by Porno for Pyros
from the album Porno for Pyros
ReleasedJune 1993
GenreAlternative rock, psychedelic rock
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Porno for Pyros
Producer(s)Perry Farrell, Matt Hyde
Porno for Pyros singles chronology
"Cursed Female / Cursed Male"

"Pets" is a song by alternative rock band Porno for Pyros and the second single from their 1993 self-titled album Porno for Pyros. "The Cursed Female / Cursed Male" single preceded Pets, but saw only a limited radio station and promotional release, making Pets the first widely available commercial single from the album.[1]

The song became a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[2] In Australia, the song reached number 68 and came in at number 33 on the 1993 Triple J Hottest 100 countdown. The song's success was aided, in part, by a unique video directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris which received heavy rotation on MTV. They would later direct the critically acclaimed film Little Miss Sunshine.

Song information[edit]

"Pets" deals with dissatisfaction with the human race ("Adults are even more fucked up") and how it is on the brink of destruction ("My friend says we're like the dinosaurs only we are doing ourselves in much faster than they ever did"). The song then describes how aliens might be able to take over the world and treat humans as pets.

A single/radio edit, included on all versions of the single, censored profanity to make the song acceptable for radio play. No material was cut; the edit had virtually the same running length as the album version. Commercially, the song reached No. 67 on the US Billboard Hot 100, No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and No. 53 on the UK Singles Chart. In Australia, "Pets" peaked at number 68 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was the 33rd most popular radio hit on the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown for 1993.[3]

Most versions of the single included the previously unreleased non-album track "Tonight", recorded during the Porno for Pyros album sessions. "Tonight" is a cover of a song written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim in 1956 for the Broadway musical West Side Story.

The non-album B-side "Cursed Female / Cursed Male (Medley)" found on some versions of the single was previously released on Porno for Pyros' first single, "Cursed Female / Cursed Male".[4]


There were several different versions of the "Pets" single released in 1993. The standard (and most common) version, released on both CD and 7" vinyl, included only the radio edit of the title track and the B-side "Tonight."[1]

The second limited edition version, also made available on CD and vinyl, featured two additional tracks as well as three full-panel band photos. The 12" vinyl picture disc featured the cover art from the album Porno for Pyros embossed on the A-side of the vinyl itself, while the B-side featured the band's red "Devil" logo. The additional tracks found on this version were the standard album version of "Pets" and "Cursed Female / Cursed Male (Medley)".[1]

Various other import and promotional versions were released, all containing some combination of these four tracks.

Track listings[edit]

Standard edition[edit]

All tracks are written by Porno for Pyros (Perry Farrell, Stephen Perkins, Martyn LeNoble and Peter DiStefano) except where noted.

1."Pets (Radio Edit)" 3:37
2."Tonight" (previously unreleased)Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim3:35
Total length:7:12

Limited edition[edit]

1."Pets (Radio Edit)" 3:37
2."Pets (LP Version)" 3:36
3."Tonight" (previously unreleased)Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim3:35
4."Cursed Female / Cursed Male Medley" 7:08
Total length:17:56


Chart (1993) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 68
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 70
UK Singles (OCC)[7] 53
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 67
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[9] 1
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[10] 25

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Porno for Pyros Discography: Pets". Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  2. ^ Alternative Songs,, June 19, 1993
  3. ^ "Triple J Hottest 100 1993". Australian Broadcasting Company. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "Porno for Pyros Discography: Cursed Female / Cursed Male". Retrieved 11 Jun 2013.
  5. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2192." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Porno for Pyros Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Porno for Pyros Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Porno for Pyros Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 10 April 2018.