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The Porn-Rock Connection

Matt O'Conner
At its core, rock and roll and all its derivatives, from disco to punk to new wave to hip-hop, is an expression of raw sexual energy. So it only makes sense that porn stars would be drawn to the heat of belting out songs onstage.

Earlier this year, SexZ Pictures released "The Decline of Western Civilization Part 69: The Porno Years," a documentary-style feature about the industry's relationship with the L.A. rock scene directed by Kurt Lockwood. Featured is a performance by Lockwood's band, Not the Ramones, which plays frequently at area clubs.

"In some ways, porn is the new punk because it reflects the essence of rebellion even better than a musical form that's been assimilated and commercialized," Lockwood told XBiz of the porn-rock connection.

Adult entertainers moonlighting as musicians is nothing new. In fact, there's a long history of porn stars pulling double shifts in front of the camera and onstage and in the studio.

Sin City director Barrett Blade had a measure of success with his former band, Dial 7, opening for the Foo Fighter, Incubus, Run DMC and No Doubt, among others.

Kobe Tai and Dyanna Lauren provided the background vocals for Marilyn Manson's "Mechanical Animals."

Matt Zane fronted an industrial/metal band called Society 1 and creatively mixed the two spheres in Zane Entertainment productions such as the "Backstage Sluts" series. In addition to footage of Society 1's live performances, the movies also featured popular bands like Papa Roach and Limp Bizkit and gained the attention of Rolling Stone magazine, which published a feature article on Zane.

Before she became a Vivid Girl, Heather Hunter had a record deal with Tommy Boy Records in the early 1990s. The relationship went sour, but Hunter later parlayed her clout in the adult industry to help form her own label, Blo Records, and last year released a rap album titled "Double H: The Unexpected."

Perhaps the height of the porn-rock coupling came with the 1999 Callner Music CD "Porn to Rock," a collection of dance, punk, electro and pop songs performed exclusively by adult movie stars, including a 1985 ditty recorded by Ginger Lynn in a New Jersey studio owned by Jon Bon Jovi's cousin.

While Bon Jovi himself has never made a foray into porn, there are plenty of mainstream, big-name musicians who have.

Whether you believe Tommy Lee's sex tape with then-wife Pamela Anderson was actually stolen or surreptitiously released with his blessing, there is no doubt that Lee is a porn star. After all, he meets the primary qualification — millions of people have watched him having sex on film. Ditto Lee's Motley Crue band mate Vince Neil, who coincidentally had a tape of him and porn starlet Janine frolicking in bed "stolen" and released several month's after Lee's tape went public (and revived his career).

Former Biohazard front man Evan Seinfeld, on the other hand, has been completely up-front about his entrée into the porn world. Since marrying mega-starlet Tera Patrick, Seinfeld has acted as Patrick's business partner in her company TeraVision and recently announced that he will begin performing in movies with his wife.

Singer Glenn Danzig of the Misfits similarly has embraced the adult world openly. Last year, Danzig, whose Verotik label has been publishing adults-only comics for some time, entered the live-action realm with the release of "Grub Girl," directed by Craven Moorehead and starring Brittney Skye, Charmain Star, Teanna Kai, Eva Angelina and Gigi.

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