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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble

1. Hello Wonkites

2. Candy Man

3. Cheer Up Charlie

4. Golden Ticket

5. Lermaninoff

6. Pure Imagination

7. Oompa Augustus

8. Semi-Wondrous Boat Ride

9. Oompa Violet

10. I Want It Now

11. Oompa Veruca

12. Wonkmobile

13. Oompa TV

14. Farewell Wonkites

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Track List: Green Naugahyde

1. Prelude To A Crawl

2. Hennepin Crawler

3. Last Salmon Man

4. Eternal Consumption Engine

5. Tragedy's A' Comin'

6. Eyes Of The Squirrel

7. Jilly's On Smack

8. Lee Van Cleef

9. Moron TV

10. Green Ranger

11. Hoinfodaman

12. Extinction Burst

13. Salmon Men

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Track List: Antipop

1. Intro

2. Electric Uncle Sam

3. Natural Joe

4. Laquer Head

5. The Antipop

6. Eclectic Electric

7. Greet The Sacred Cow

8. Mama Didn't Raise No Fool

9. Dirty Drowning Man

10. Ballad Of Bodacious

11. Power Mad

12. The Final Voyage Of The Liquid Sky

13. Coattails Of A Dead Man

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Track List: Rhinoplasty

1. Scissor Man

2. The Family And The Fishing Net

3. Silly Putty

4. Amos Moses

5. Behind My Camel

6. Too Many Puppies

7. The Thing That Should Not Be

8. Tommy The Cat (Live)

9. Bob's Party Time Lounge (Live)

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Track List: Brown Album

1. The Return Of Sathington Willoughby

2. Fisticuffs

3. Golden Boy

4. Over The Falls

5. Shake Hands With Beef

6. Camelback Cinema

7. Hats Off

8. Puddin' Taine

9. Bob's Party Time Lounge

10. Duchess And The Proverbial Mind Spread

11. Restin' Bones

12. Coddingtown

13. Kalamazoo

14. The Chastising Of Renegade

15. Arnie

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Track List: Tales From The Punchbowl

1. Professor Nutbutter's House Of Treats

2. Mrs. Blaileen

3. Wynonna's Big Brown Beaver

4. Southbound Pachyderm

5. Space Farm

6. Year Of The Parrot

7. Hellbound 17 1/2 (Theme From)

8. Glass Sandwich

9. Del Davis Tree Farm

10. De Anza Jig

11. On The Tweek Again

12. Over The Electric Grapevine

13. Captian Shiner

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Track List: Pork Soda

1. Pork Chop's Little Ditty

2. My Name Is Mud

3. Welcome To This World

4. Bob

5. DMV

6. The Ol' Diamondback Sturgeon

7. Nature Boy

8. Wounded Knee

9. Pork Soda

10. The Pressman

11. Mr. Krinkle

12. The Air Is Getting Slippery

13. Hamburger Train

14. Pork Chop's Little Ditty (Reprise)

15. Hail Santa

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Track List: Miscellaneous Debris

1. Intruder

2. Making Plans For Nigel

3. Sinister Exaggerator

4. Tippi Toes

5. Have A Cigar

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Track List: Sailing The Seas Of Cheese

1. Seas Of Cheese

2. Here Come The B**tards

3. Sgt. Baker

4. American Life

5. Jerry Was A Race Car Driver

6. Eleven

7. Is It Luck?

8. Grandad's Little Ditty

9. Tommy The Cat

10. Sathington Waltz

11. Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers

12. Fish On (Fisherman Chronicles, Chapter II)

13. Los Bastardos

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Track List: Suck On This (Live)

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Track List: Frizzle Fry (Remaster)

1. To Defy The Laws Of Tradition

2. Groundhog's Day

3. Too Many Puppies

4. Mr. Knowitall

5. Frizzle Fry

6. John The Fisherman

7. You Can't Kill Michael Malloy

8. The Toys Go Winding Down

9. Pudding Time

10. Sathington Willoughby

11. Spegetti Western

12. Harold Of The Rocks

13. To Defy

14. Hello Skinny / Constantinople

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Track List: They Can't All Be Zingers- Singles

1. To Defy The Laws Of Tradition

2. John The Fisherman

3. Too Many Puppies

4. Jerry Was A Race Car Driver

5. Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers

6. Tommy The Cat

7. My Name Is Mud

8. Mr. Krinkle

9. Dmv

10. Over The Electric Grapevine

11. Wynona's Big Brown Beaver

12. Southbound Pachyderm

13. Over The Falls

14. Shake Hands With Beef

15. Coattails Of A Dead Man

16. Mary The Ice Cube

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Strange, but always entertaining . . I like the reference to Frank Zappa. Unique but you have to appreciate the approach to the music.
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I just love primus.
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Always in the top 5 best bands
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\m/ (-_-) \m/
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Primus rocks, now let's go eat some worms.
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PRIMUS SUCKS!
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amye45
yeeeeeehaaaa a a a a a a w
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Don't know music if you don't like this band
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Johnmy was a race car driver he drove so goddam fast....
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When I grow up I want to be,
One of the harvesters of the sea.
I think before my days are done,
I want to be a fisherman. \m/
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rickhob2001
This band sucks.
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jessemontgom e r y 2 5
The dousch who wrote the band commentary really has. NOT. Listened to Primus. They are a cosmic(or where) trinity of unbelievably stellar musicianship that complements each other all the way through nearly every one of there albums. ¥
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Last time I saw Primus I was layed up for two weeks after the show. Kicked a** in the pit for three hours. Petaluma ca
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F**kin people don't even know who plays what! What a bunch of b**tards!! Primus sucks!
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Aaa the best
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jessemontgom e r y 2 5
These two "commentator s " are way off. Have they listened to "sailing the seas of cheese" all the way through? Tim's guitar work is phenomenal. In no way background at all. And Larry's time keeping is mindbending. Seen Sausage live and had my head blown completely off by Lesses bass work for sure, but when it comes to Primus, the trio is right there with Rush in my book.¥
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I love this station it plays Primus,Les Claypool,Too l , R a g e Against The Machine,and a lot of old school rap
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Les' lyrics are insane, like his bass playing. I really like Larry Lalonde, too; only he could play with Les, the wildest of stage wildmen. So let the word go forth: Primus sucks!
I need to see them in concert, after which I can calmly proclaim, Oh, Death, where is thy sting?
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A the best
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clintonhasel h o r s t
Look on YouTube I have the 2 part show from primus covering Willy wonka & the chocolate factory, it's Wuz F**king awsum
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lnalbright
They are amazing live
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Primus, the only band that could play at metal festivals or hippie festivals. Both sides love 'em.
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www.primussu c k s . c o m
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Saw them live with Tool in San Diego on January 9th 2016 they were as good as Tool
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aabev2
Stormchaser7 5 go eat a dick, f**got. If you don't like it, then don't listen to it. You're probably just mad cuz you can't play bass like Le's Claypool
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Try playing tommy the cat with a bass...... Yea you can't stop hating
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Wow, Primus sucks, why do you people even listen to this?
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classisdream 3 9 , you really don't get it, do you?
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Life would f**king suck without primus
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After all these years, Primus still sux!
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Lesterious Claypoolious , see YOU @ da Fox, any chance of you getting eastbayraaaa y to sit in on a, more meloudious type SET...?????
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I've been saying that since I was 17. Les is the band
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Saw primus in kc mo last year at uptown theater. I'm eleven \m/ (- -) \m/
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This guy's pretty bizarre Gus.
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Les is the most bass skilled tweaker Evvaaah.... Just ask Mr Krinkle.
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Primus is me Brandon
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No! Not Primus..!
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@davenportla r r y 1 Primus sucks
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Mud
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Primus Sucks! Bay Area Reppin
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You f**king suck at life
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ariana.disal v o
I like the brown cd
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Such a unique band
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twas awesome...
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Saw Primus with Rush in 93, three man band tour
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Tommy the cat is my name, and I'm saying to thee!
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Les is by far the most accomplished bassist playing now. Geddy is, Geddy.
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Too many puppies
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The guitarist has the same surname as me!
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Frizzle Fry was the first Primus album I listened to, and it is still my favorite.
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