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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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Wow
Best bass player EVER!
I graduated from the ninja gym
I enjoy me some big Brown beaver
Front Row to see them in Cincy in November for the Wonka show! Hell yes!!!
Les is not from this planet!!!!
Happy 51st Les. Now I don't feel as old....
Kinda wierd it showed up on the station I use to fall asleep, scared the crap out of me
suck on this........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . it's really long
Fish on
Jhon the fisherman
Amos moses
my name is mud
the pressman
WOW THIS SUCKS!@
mr.krinkle
have a cigar
me too adam. Itunes. or for free.
Can't wait for the chocolate factory album!
diamond back. PRIMUS SUCKS
Primus sucks
MR. KRINKLE
making plans for nigel
dirty drowning man
tommy the cat live
sgt. baker
wounded knee
dirty drowning man
lacquer head again
Tommy the cat, Ren and stimpy
The devil came down to earth ImI ImI
wyoming's big brown p**sy ImI
Lacquer head ImI
Tippie toes ImI
Suck on this... it's real long
Yo toss me some pork soda and let's kick back and listen to Primus!!!
I hope Tim Alexander Is doing better get well soon the ginseng drummer
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
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