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Primus

Primus is all about Les Claypool; there isn't a moment on any of their records where his bass isn't the main focal point of the music, with his vocals acting as a bizarre side-show. Which isn't to deny guitarist Larry LaLonde or drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander any credit; no drummer could weave in and around Claypool's convoluted patterns as effortlessly as Alexander, and few guitarists would willingly push the spotlight away, like LaLonde does, just to can produce a never-ending spiral of avant-noise. All of this means that they are miles away from being another punk-funk combo like the Red Hot Chili Peppers; Claypool may slap and pop his bass, but there is little funk in the rhythm he and Alexander lay down. Instead, they're a post-punk Rush spiked with the sensibility and humor of Frank Zappa. Primus' songs are secondary to showcasing their instrumental prowess. Their music is willfully weird and experimental, yet it's not alienating; the band was able to turn their goofy weirdness into pop stardom. At first, the band was strictly an underground phenomenon, but in the years between their third and fourth albums, their cult grew rapidly. 1991's Sailing the Seas of Cheese went gold shortly before the release of Pork Soda. By the time of the album's 1993 release, Primus had enough devoted fans to make Pork Soda debut in the Top Ten. After touring for a year -- including a headlining spot on Lollapalooza 1993 -- Claypool revived his Prawn Song record label in 1994 and released a reunion record by Primus' original lineup under the name Sausage. In the summer of 1995, Primus released their fifth album, Tales From the Punch Bowl. It was another success, going gold before the end of the year. In the summer of 1996, Primus announced they were parting ways with their drummer, Tim Alexander. He was replaced by Brian "Brain" Mantia, who made his debut on The Brown Album, which was released in the summer of 1997. The covers EP Rhinoplasty followed in 1998, and a year later, Primus returned with Antipop. Antipop was a departure from previous Primus albums, as different producers were used on almost each track (including such notables as Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, Tom Waits, South Park creator Matt Stone, and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland) and it featured such guest artists as Metallica's James Hetfield and former Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin. After a supporting tour wrapped up in 2000, Mantia left the band to join Guns N' Roses. Claypool talked about reuniting with former drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander in the press, but shortly afterward announced that Primus was going on indefinite hiatus. During the ensuing break, Claypool focused on recording the debut album by his side project, Oyster Head (who also included Copeland and Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio), as well as releasing his two-part solo outing, Live Frogs: Set 1 and Set 2. Primus reunited in 2003 with a lineup containing Herb Alexander to release an EP's worth of new material as a part of the Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People DVD set. The band focused on touring until 2010 when Alexander once again left the band. Claypool and LaLonde turned to former drummer Jay Lane, and the band went back into the studio to work on a new full-length. In 2011, Primus released their seventh album, Green Naugahyde. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Greg Prato, Rovi
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Finally 4,000 likes!
Its pudding time children!!
1. Harold of the Rocks
2. Tommy the Cat
3. John the Fisherman
nicko252008
Check out sausage, original primus lineup.
Along with Faith No More and other Mike Patton projects, one of the most unique bands of their time. Their earliest albums--Suck on This, Frizzle Fry, and Seas of Cheese--are the best, IMO. If you like Primus, check out Claypool's other stuff.
Does everyone know Les Claypool tried out to be in Metallica?
Building my own bass while listening to primus best bass work out there
Honestly, these guys had real skill on their instruments, but it was used in the wrong way.
dave11741
Primus SUCKS!
Cocaine is a hella of a drug les u suck
nicko252008
Best albums mu opinion
1. Pork Soda
2. tales from the punchbowl
3. Brown album
4. Seas of cheese
This band...is beautiful. Honestly the most unique music I've ever heard.

PRIMUS SUCKS!!! :D
Herb the Ginseng Drummer
falch6
Dog Will Hunt>>>>>>>> : (
This Comment section is truly not what I would have expected. the fact that I expected something from primus fans may have started my issues...

PRIMUS SUCKS!! Keep it rocking fellars...
Too many puppies are trained to KILL. Well at least all of my puppies are trained to KILL
redmash73
Saw these guys back in 93. Got burnt bad by sun missed work next day totally worth it. How great was it that Less Claypool failed his chance to join Metallica. If he hadn't we wouldn't have Primus . YOU SUCK
redmash73
Saw these guys back in 93. Got burnt bad by sun missed work next day totally worth it. How great was it that Less Claypool failed his chance to join Metallica. If he hadn't we wouldn't have Primus . YOU SUCK
redmash73
Saw these guys back in 93. Got burnt bad by sun missed work next day totally worth it. How great was it that Less Claypool failed his chance to join Metallica. If he hadn't we wouldn't have Primus . YOU SUCK
Broke some dudes nose in Philly in 93 in pit sorry man
love primus still got pork soda and tales from the punch bowl and seas of cheese
sullivan4til e
PRIMUS SUCKS!!!!
But they suck so good:D
You know they didn't write this song, right?
One of my favorite Primus songs. So creative and freaking boss! PRIMUS SUCKS!
Primus is playing the Hollywood bow in las Vegas may 2-4 2014 I have tickets I can't wait to hear them again
Les is genius! been playing too many puppies in my band for a while now... always gets a interesting response
Uh huh huh it means masturbate
Cut throat = mad raiders fan
I concur, major suckage big time.
oh yeah PRIMUS SUCKS!!!
9er fans never kno wat thr talkin about... el sobrante & pinole are not richmond, get it right, bay all day
Best band ever. Never miss a show from any of Claypools projects. NEVER I SAY!!!!!!
He's one mellow @$$ son of a b|t¢h a
My history teacher saws these guys live!
steve.fitcon s u l t
Wrong lyrics as usual, el solo number one? WTF El Sob as in El Sobrante East Bay NorCal!
WHY ARE THE LYRICS ALWAYS F**KED UP ----LYRIC FIND---- SUCKS A**
The next generation will marvel and trip when they try to understand Primus. Genius
The toys go winding down is another good Primus song
Jomel61&Fish e e b o y get a f&cking sense of humor you witless twits
PRIMUS SUCKS TOOL RULES ZAPPA IS THE BEST JOMEL61@YAHO O
All about humor.
Love to play the Bass half as good as Les!
Best song and one of the best videos of all time...My Name is Mudd
ITS PUDDING TIIIIME
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading So don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works. why the hell not?! XD
Primus is great b/c Claypool was able to crank out some awesome bass. He made us listen to it on a whole different level and we were all wiser, better human beings...
no mention of Winonna's Big Brown Beaver or the reasoning behind it? yeah, we do need a better bio here...
edddy62
If you dont like FRANK ZAPPA ...youll never like PRIMUS...get out of your " BOX"... and free your mind
I kind of hate the way they seem to write these bios.... very opinionated. . . just stick to the facts dammit
Tim is coming back to Primus again!!!!!
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