How many times have you watched VH1’s Where Are they Now or Behind the Music reruns on YouTube and heard a formerly popular hair farmer band member decry, “Things were going great- till that Nirvana came along and knocked us off the radio”? Jack Prisston, lead singer of Satyrn, is one such disgruntled curmudgeon. But he didn’t waste time grumbling. He simply stopped using conditioner, traded in his spandex for flannel and formed P@RN.
In those pre-internet days it was possible to fool some of the kids some of the time. If slackers didn’t pay attention to the pro-work force lyrics, the mere turning up at a P@RN show made it abundantly clear that this geezerfest was not your little brother’s grunge. The phrase “Wait? Aren’t you the guys from Satyrn?” was usually followed by “Hey! This dude’s got hair plugs” and that was followed by a refund-demanding rush at the box office.
“And yet there would come a time, like now, when music would get so bad and agreeable, even fake grunge would sound fresh to most ears,” maintains Tommy Globbit, Onus Records’ CEO, who ran into Prisston at a Home Depot when they both reached for the same weed whacker.
Prisston, for his part, is glad he ran into Globbit and was now getting another shot at the brass ring with “Tight Wad,“ a song about a guy with a good work ethic who became even thriftier since his high consumption girlfriend left him.
“P@RN was way ahead of its time, at least by a few months,” he sighs ruefully. “Unfortunately we’ve always been way misunderstood, especially by you guys in the press. And by the way, the band’s name’s pronounced “pat-tern” not “porn,” dipshit!”