Singer Perry Farrell became famous as the girdle-sporting, mascara-wearing frontman of art-rock/punk/metal band Jane's Addiction.
Farrell was born Perry Bernstein on March 29, 1959, in Queens, N.Y. After his mother's suicide, the family moved to Miami.
He became an exotic dancer and took the last name Farrell (his brother's first name) so that his stage moniker would sound like "peripheral."
Farrell formed Jane's Addiction in Los Angeles in 1986. Four years later the group had a hit with "Been Caught Stealing" (RealAudio excerpt), off its LP Ritual de lo Habitual.
After co-founding the Lollapalooza festival in 1991, Farrell disbanded Jane's Addiction to form Porno for Pyros.
Farrell contributed "Hot Lava" (RealAudio excerpt) to Chef Aid: The South Park Album (1998).
Hip-hop duo the Neptunes are producing songs for Farrell's debut solo album, The Diamond Jubilee, which is scheduled for summer release. The album is likely to reflect Farrell's recent forays into electronic music and turntablism.
Other birthdays Wednesday: Bobby Kimball (Toto), 53; Bernard Georges (Throwing Muses), 35; and John Popper (Blues Traveler), 33.