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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. Three years later, the band followed up with Primus & The Chocolate Factory With the Fungi Ensemble, an album that found the band reuniting with former drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander to cover the iconic soundtrack to the 1971 film Willy Wonky and the Chocolate Factory. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Greg Prato, Rovi
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What do polacks know
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joethepolack
Primus Sucks!!!!
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cant count how many times ive seen primus or les claypools sideprojects . . any of you kiddos havent seen him? go! go see him live!
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Primus sucks! And too all you Butthurt f*gs who dont understand, even Claypool and herb and LaLonde agree
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ivy531
i have known this since i was 2 years old!!!!!!! i love it!!!!!!!!!!
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classicdream 3 9
Primus kicks a**. F**k all of you that say Primus sucks. If you feel that way then get the f**k off of the commenting of them.
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ughhh were still on this huh?!! Primus Sux �� get ova it n fkn enjoy!! hai Ryan(:
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Yeah, yeah... When ur mascot is a mosquito like Primus..the running joke was.. Duh not the band lacking in any way but the mascot. When i met Les w/Buckethead he told me the name came to him fishing PRIMUS is a brand of mosquito repellent/ki l l e r . . A s noted b4 we've been playing them at kunm ABQ since 88..AMAZING LIVE.. IF UR A REAL FAN.. GO TO HIS FISHING RESORT..
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Actually if you ARE a Primus fan, then you know that Claypool was quoted in an interview years ago(circa 2011) stating that the Primus sucks dead horse has been beaten too long. So really.... stop using it.
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if you dont know Primus sucks! then your not a primus fan ! Go to a primus show and you will be yelling primus sucks with the rest of us
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jlongz
The epitome of avant garde. Metal? Funk? Funk Metal? Post Punk? Either way there is no possible way to label/pigeon h o l e Primus into any one genre. This band is not for the casual listener. If you like popular music, country, rap or even the heaviest of metal then this band will likely not appeal to you. If you have an open mind or an ear for tongue-in-ch e e k humor then by all means listen. If you don't get Primus then you never will. I am the Antipop, run against the grain 'til the day I drop!
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Indeed some are.
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Its one thing to be named mud... Its another to personify mud by elemental ties of water/earth
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one of the greats!!!!

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Primus sucks is actually one of the bands favorite phrases and in one of the songs les starts out by saying: we're primus. We suck. Hahaha. So calm down everyone. Some of these people are saying what they're supposed to.
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TOOOOO MANY PUPPIEEESSS
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Anyone who thinks primus sucks has no taste.
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Intolerance makes me lose faith in morality..
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Irrelevant troll attitude, thanks for your opinion... Not concerned with your critic stance that seem to need to express
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Primus sucks big floppy donkey dicks
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ghill7183
Primus sucks!
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Primus precursor of Frank Zappa... Cool
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Hey shawn and tap. Winona's got a big brown beaver for you
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Dog will hunt.
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Primus Sucks!
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sean.m.horto n
Primus SUCKS!
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When I hear the Tommy the Cat bassline I get chills.
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i want to be a fisherman... .
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mark_lanzaro t t i
Primus is the ultimate trying to play it on my drums I'm a hacker and I was so pissin I missed them in Dallas I would love to have a chance to see them keep rocking
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Southbound pachyderm is one of my favorites!
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atx1984atx
Primus, one of the best, unique bands of the 90's. Love'em
O¡ from Texas
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CLAYPOOL IS A BASS GOD!!!!
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BEEN A FAN 4 LIFE!!!!!
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Les Claypool... the only bass player too good for Metallica! (he actually auditioned after Cliff Burton passed /RIP/ and blew them all away)
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I saw their 3D show last year... amazing!
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adonhauser
Dude he slaps that base perfect on pork soda omg and its hard to do something like that
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williblack19 7 3
Anyone who denies the that Herb the Ginseng Drummer is anything less than one of the best drummers in the business obviously has jo clue about being a musician or that Larry Lalonde works those strimgs like a master is imsane in the membrane! Just saying listen to them play or see them live cuz they all Rip $&!tt up
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My first true love was a college DJ.. She had a punk show called Underground Connection.. W e ' d play Primus in 88"to piss off all our punk friends.D.C. W r e c k i n g Crew. RIP LESA L.
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Only thing good about primus is the bass.....f** k i n g wicked
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Yes, I concur, Primus Sucks Big Brown Beaver, nyuk nyuk
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suck on this
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Primus SUCKS!
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Don't read this cause it actully works.You will be kissed on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow it will be the best day of your life.Now you started reading this so don't stop. If you don't post this on five other songs you will die.Post the 5 songs in 143 minutes and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is scary but it actully works
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I just bought a f**kin Pork Soda Bar on EBAY!!!!! F**k yea Primus SUCKS
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newyorktwinm o m 1
Jerry Was A Race Car Driver
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its weird but their guitarist was originally from the band that invented death metal
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Primus do not suck wow
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Lollapalooza '93 Charlotte, NC- If not for the " Recharge" I received after Tool, Rage, Fishbone & Alice in Chains I would have possibly been depleted for the Headliners of the tour- Primus! Bless u Anna & 4ever may u roll.. ..
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arthurchaos1 9 5 7
Prime primer primus what can you say OH YAY!
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primus sucks
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