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Primus

Primus in Copenhagen, Denmark in the summer of 1998.
Background information
Origin El Sobrante, California, USA
Genre(s) Heavy metal[1]
Alternative rock[1]
Funk metal[1]
Alternative metal[1]
Years active 1984–2000
2003–present
Label(s) Interscope, Prawn Song
Website www.primusville.com
Members
Les Claypool
Larry LaLonde
Tim Alexander
Former members
Todd Huth
Jay Lane
Bryan Mantia
Robbie Bean
Tim Wright
Rick Munt

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Their music is difficult to define, and while usually considered by critics to be funk metal or alternative metal, Primus has been called everything from "thrash-funk meets Don Knotts, Jr."[2] to "alternative rock" to "the Freak Brothers set to music."[3] Les Claypool himself once described their music as "psychedelic polka."[4] Primus is the only band with its own ID3v1 genre tag, as extended by Winamp.[5] Funk metal is a type of music that incorporates hard-driving heavy metal guitar riffs and the pounding bass rhythms characteristic of funk. ... Alternative metal is an eclectic form of music that gained popularity in the early 1990s alongside grunge. ... Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by high speed riffing and aggression. ... For other uses, including related musical genres, see Funk (disambiguation). ... Jesse Donald Knotts (July 21, 1924 – February 24, 2006) was an American comedic actor best known for his portrayal of Barney Fife on the 1960s television sitcom The Andy Griffith Show (a role which earned him five Emmy Awards), and as landlord Ralph Furley on the television sitcom Three’s... Alternative music redirects here. ... The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, 1st issue, 1971, by Gilbert Shelton The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers are a trio of underground comic strip characters created by the U.S. artist Gilbert Shelton. ... Leslie Edward Les Claypool (born September 29, 1963 in Richmond, California, U.S.) is a singer, lyricist, bassist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, best known for his work with the alternative rock band Primus. ... For psychedelics, see psychedelic drug. ... Street musicians in Prague playing a polka Polka is a fast, lively Central European dance, and also a genre of dance music. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Winamp is a proprietary media player written by Nullsoft, now a subsidiary of Time Warner. ...


The diversity of their sound has allowed Primus to gain a modest segment of fans from many different rock sub-genres. They are characterized by their irreverent approach to music. Primus release their records on Claypool's Prawn Song Records label, a parody of Led Zeppelin's Swan Song. The band's catchphrase is no longer "Primus Sucks!" because the band thought it became tiresome, although it was a tradition that dated back to their first album, and many fans still chant it at concerts. Prawn Song Records is the record label owned by Les Claypool of Primus. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... For the bands 1969 eponymous debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... Swan Song Records was a record label launched by Led Zeppelin on May 10, 1974. ...

Contents

Band history

The early years (1984–1990)

Primus began as Primate in El Sobrante, California during the mid-1980s with singer and bassist Les Claypool and guitarist Todd Huth. Claypool rounded out the band with a drum machine but drummer Perm Parker was added for the recording of Primate's demo tape.[6] The band would go through many drummers throughout their early history, eventually settling on Jay Lane. El Sobrante is a census-designated place located in Contra Costa County, California. ... Leslie Edward Les Claypool (born September 29, 1963 in Richmond, California, U.S.) is a singer, lyricist, bassist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, best known for his work with the alternative rock band Primus. ... The factual accuracy of this article is disputed. ... Perm Parker was the fictional drummer of Primates (later to be known as Primus) first demo tape. ... Jay Lane, born 5 December 1964, is an American drummer who currently plays and sings in Ratdog, ex-Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weirs solo project. ...


Although not a thrash metal band, Primus was heavily associated with the Bay Area Thrash scene in their early years. Opening for bands such as Testament and Exodus, whom Claypool almost joined, they picked up a following of fans from the scene as a result. Larry LaLonde was previously a member of the seminal Death/Thrash Metal band Possessed, a fact which he likes to keep quiet today. Primus received praise from Testament's Alex Skolnick very early into their career.[7] Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by high speed riffing and aggression. ... Bay Area redirects here. ... Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by high speed riffing and aggression. ... Testament are an American thrash metal band from California. ... Exodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1980 in San Francisco, California by singer/drummer Tom Hunting, guitarists Tim Agnello and Kirk Hammett, and bassist Carlton Melson. ... Possessed is a death metal band that formed in 1983 in El Sobrante, California. ... Testament are an American thrash metal band from California. ... Alex Skolnick (born September 29, 1968, grew up in Berkeley, California) is an American jazz and rock guitarist. ...


After rising to local music scene stardom with their brand of funk metal fusion, Huth and Lane left in 1989 to pursue other projects. Claypool then recruited former Blind Illusion bandmate and one time Joe Satriani student Larry "Ler" LaLonde, and eclectic drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander. Tim Alexander is originally from Germany. Funk metal is a type of music that incorporates hard-driving heavy metal guitar riffs and the pounding bass rhythms characteristic of funk. ... Originally a progressive rock band formed in high school by guitarist Jerry Cantrell, Blind Illusion had morphed in time to a thrash metal band in the 1980s. ... Joseph Satch Satriani (born July 15, 1956 in Westbury, New York, U.S.) is an American guitarist and former guitar instructor. ... Larry Ler LaLonde (born Reid Lawrence LaLonde on September 12, 1968 in Oakland, California) is a guitarist who currently plays in Primus along with Les Claypool and Tim Alexander. ... Tim Alexander Tim Herb Alexander Described as one of the most innovative drummers in the drumming community, Alexander is known best for playing in the rock band Primus. ...


During this time, Primus played a number of shows at Barrington Hall, a notoriously free-wheeling Berkeley student housing co-operative. Barrington Hall is often referenced in the band's music; the song "Frizzle Fry" refers to having sexual intercourse with women at a Barrington Party, and the album Tales from the Punchbowl refers to the LSD-spiked punch that was frequently served at Barrington social events. Claypool later recorded a song called "Barrington Hall" with his band Frog Brigade. Coverart for The Barrington Bull, the periodical created at the Barrington Hall Barrington Hall was a student housing cooperative in the University Students Cooperative Association (USCA) system in Berkeley, California, from 1935 to 1990. ... Tales from the Punchbowl is the fourth studio album by Primus, released on May 23, 1995. ... Lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly called LSD, LSD-25, or acid. ... Leslie Edward Les Claypool (born September 29, 1963 in Richmond, California, U.S.) is a singer, lyricist, bassist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, best known for his work with the alternative rock band Primus. ... It has been suggested that Les Claypools Frog Brigade be merged into this article or section. ...


Primus continued to gain popularity and in 1989 released their first album, Suck on This, a live recording culled from two of their Berkeley concerts. The album was financed by Les' father. Suck on This is a live album by the band Primus, released in 1989 (see 1989 in music) and re-issued on April 23, 2002 (see 2002 in music) along with Frizzle Fry. ...


In 1990 the band released their first studio album, Frizzle Fry, and released singles for "John The Fisherman" and "Too Many Puppies". With a music video featuring Kirk Hammett, a studio album and a tour with Jane's Addiction, Primus' popularity grew to the point where they attracted attention from Interscope Records, who signed them in 1990. Frizzle Fry is the first studio album recorded by the band Primus as Suck on This was a live album. ... John the Fisherman is the first single by the alternative rock band Primus, released first live in 1989 on Suck on This, then re-released a year later, this time studio recorded, on Frizzle Fry. ... Too Many Puppies is a single from the early 1990s band Primus and the second single off of their 1990 studio debut album Frizzle Fry. ... Kirk Lee Hammett (born on November 18, 1962) is the lead guitarist and songwriter in the band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. ... Janes Addiction is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. ... Interscope Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMGs Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group. ...


It was during these early years that the catch phrase "Primus Sucks" was started. It began with people constantly stating to the band just how good they were. One day when someone told the band they were good, Les turned around and said "No, we suck" and from then on it stuck.


Cheese, Soda and Punch (1991–1996)

Primus' major label debut was the album Sailing the Seas of Cheese supported by singles "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver," and "Tommy the Cat (featuring Tom Waits)," both of which appeared on MTV. A third single, "Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers," was also released but did not feature a video. The band appeared as contestants for the Battle of the Bands in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey and made music for a Beavis & Butthead tribute album with a song entitled Poetry and Prose. With a major label behind them, Sailing the Seas of Cheese went gold. The band then toured in support of Rush, U2, Anthrax, and Public Enemy. Sailing the Seas of Cheese is the second album by Primus, released on May 14, 1991. ... Jerry Was a Race Car Driver is the first single off Primuss 1991 album Sailing the Seas of Cheese . ... Tommy the Cat is a song by the alternative rock band Primus, first released in 1989 on their live debut, Suck on This. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... Those Damned Blue Collar Tweekers is the third single off Primuss 1991 album Sailing the Seas of Cheese. ... Battle of the Bands is a generic term for a contest in which many bands, usually rock/guitar bands but often from a range of different styles, compete for the title of best band. The winner is determined by a panel of judges, the general response of the audience, or... Bill and Teds Bogus Journey is a 1991 American comedy science fiction film, the sequel to Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure. ... Beavis and Butt-head is an animated comedy show that aired on US TV station MTV from 1993 to 1997. ... Rush is a Canadian rock band originally formed in August 1968, in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario; presently comprised of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ... Public Enemy, also known as PE, is a hip hop group from Long Island, New York, known for their politically charged lyrics, criticism of the media, and active interest in the concerns of the African American community. ...


After the release of Sailing the Seas of Cheese, in 1992 Primus released a cover song EP Miscellaneous Debris, with their version of XTC's "Making Plans for Nigel" receiving enough airplay to reach #30 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.[8] In pop music a cover version is a new rendition of a previously recorded song. ... An extended play or EP, is the name given to vinyl records or CDs which are too long to qualify as singles but too short to qualify as albums. ... Miscellaneous Debris is an EP of 5 song covers by Primus. ... XTC are an influential new wave band from Swindon, England. ... It has been suggested that Billboard be merged into this article or section. ...


In 1993, Primus released Pork Soda, which managed to debut at #7 on the Billboard Top 10. The album was darker than previous Primus efforts, dealing with murder, suicide, and alienation. The band has commented that prior to recording, they had been touring for nearly two solid years and were thus in a somber mood. "My Name Is Mud", "DMV", and "Mr. Krinkle" were hits,[citation needed] the latter made into a video featuring Claypool in a pig suit and tuxedo playing upright bass in an abandoned warehouse as a carnival of oddities parades behind him, including Claypool's wife and her twin sister. Claypool said he put his "heart and soul into" the video, but it received next to no airtime on MTV (In an interview with Guitar World magazine, Claypool disparaged the channel's unwillingness to air the video, saying "it got played like six times.") Pork Soda is the fourth album by Primus. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... My Name is Mud is the 1993 smash hit song by alternative rock band Primus, the first single off of their album Pork Soda. ... DMV is the second single of Primuss platinum selling Pork Soda album, preceded by My Name Is Mud and coming before Mr. ... Mr. ... Two issues of Guitar World featuring Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix on the covers, and the accompanying CDs (May 2005, October 2005) Guitar World is a monthly music magazine devoted to guitarists. ...


Pork Soda also carries the distinction of being the first full length album recorded at Claypool's house. The band would subsequently record all of their albums in his home studio.


In 1993 Primus headlined the alternative rock festival Lollapalooza. They also made an appearance at the Woodstock '94 Music Festival. They were pelted with mud while they performed "My Name is Mud" (Claypool claims to still have mud in his speakers). About a minute into the song the band stopped playing, and Les said "Well I opened a big-ass can of worms with that one, didn't I? The song is called "My Name Is Mud", but keep the mud to yourselves you son-of-a-bitch" and after a short break "You know, when you throw things onstage, its a sign of small and insignificant genitalia." Alternative music redirects here. ... Lollapalooza is an American music festival featuring rock, alternative rock, hip hop, and punk rock bands, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths. ... Woodstock 94 poster design Woodstock 94 is a rock concert that was held in order to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original Woodstock concert of 1969. ...


The band was churning out material frequently. In the previous four years they had released three albums, an EP, six music videos, and a home video. To top that all off, they toured with Rush, who they consider to be one of their biggest influences. Rush is a Canadian rock band originally formed in August 1968, in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario; presently comprised of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. ...


During a lull in 1994, the original Primus lineup consisting of Claypool, Huth, and Lane reunited to record Riddles Are Abound Tonight under the band name Sausage. Among the pre-Primus songs they recorded were "Temporary Phase", "Prelude to Fear", and "Shattering Song." The video to "Riddles Are Abound Tonight" featured the band in blue leotards performing on stationary bicycles. Riddles Are Abound Tonight is an album by Sausage, a band composed of the original lineup of the California Bay Area group Primus: bass guitarist/vocalist Les Claypool, guitarist Todd Huth, and drummer Jay Lane. ...


In 1995 Primus released their fifth album, Tales from the Punchbowl. It was very well received and contained Primus's most successful single to date, the Grammy-nominated "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver". The ubiquitous song was accompanied by an equally ubiquitous video with the band members dressed up in cartoonish plastic cowboy costumes (similar to the suits worn in the then current Duracell battery commercials). So great was their popularity that the band was invited to perform on David Letterman and Conan O'Brien's shows. Two other less successful singles, "Mrs. Blaileen" and "Southbound Pachyderm" (the latter of which featured a claymation video that received only minimal airplay on MTV) were also released. Tales from the Punchbowl is the fourth studio album by Primus, released on May 23, 1995. ... Wynonas Big Brown Beaver is the first single off Primuss 1995 album Tales From the Punchbowl. ... David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947, in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.) is an Emmy Award-winning American television host and comedian. ... Conan Christopher OBrien (born April 18, 1963)[1] is an Emmy Award-winning American television host and TV writer, best known as host of NBCs Late Night with Conan OBrien. ... Southbound Pachyderm was a track off of the Primus album Tales from the Punchbowl. ...


Many incorrectly believed "Wynona" was about actress Winona Ryder. Claypool has stated several times that the song is not about Ryder, pointing out that the song's name is spelled and pronounced differently. While this placated Ryder, her then boyfriend Soul Asylum vocalist David Pirner took offense and renamed one of his songs "Les Claypool's A Big Fucking Asshole" in concert. Claypool was apparently not even aware of this at the time, although this did cause tension between fans of Primus and Soul Asylum for a brief period. Winona Laura Horowitz[1] (born October 29, 1971), better known under her professional name Winona Ryder, is a two-time Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning American actress. ... Soul Asylum is an alternative rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1983. ... David Pirner is the lead vocalist for the band Soul Asylum. ...


In 1996 Les self-produced his first solo album entitled "Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel Presents Highball with the Devil". On this album many of the songs are done solely by Les himself. Les also employs the help of a number of other musicians. Experimental Bay Area guitarist M.I.R.V. joined Claypool and others. Performances include a spoken word piece from Henry Rollins on the song "Delicate Tendrils". This album was recorded at Claypool's home recording studio, Rancho Relaxo. Highball with the Devil is the sole studio album by Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel, released in 1996. ... M.I.R.V. is a band based in San Francisco, California known for its somewhat eclectic musical style and on stage antics. ... Henry Rollins (born February 13, 1961 as Henry Lawrence Garfield) is an American singer and songwriter, spoken word artist, author, and actor. ...


The Mantia era — Brown Album, Antipop & hiatus (1997–2002)

Disturbed by their sudden fame, Primus gradually began to disown "Wynona." It would not be long before Claypool stated that they would stop playing it altogether. Nonetheless, Alexander left the band in 1996. Rumored replacements for Alexander included Mike Bordin of Faith No More, but in the end he was replaced by Bryan "Brain" Mantia of Limbomaniacs and Praxis. Mantia was one of the many drummers Claypool auditioned for the original line-up of Primus before settling with Alexander — Mantia bowed out beforehand because of a foot injury. Mike Bordin (born Michael Andrew Bordin, November 27, 1962 in San Francisco, California) was the co-founder and drummer of Faith No More and is now playing with Ozzy Osbourne. ... FNM redirects here. ... Bryan Brain Mantia (whose name is more often mistakenly spelled Brian) is a contemporary rock drummer. ... Praxis is the name of an ever-changing Bill Laswell musical project. ...


With Mantia aboard, Primus was asked in 1996 to compose the theme song to South Park after the show's creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone confessed to being big fans. (Les Claypool was an early supporter of their Spirit of Christmas video postcard/demo.) Primus also contributed to the South Park "Chef Aid" album with the song "Mephisto and Kevin", telling the story of Gopherboy. By this time, bands that were influenced by Primus's bottom-heavy rock — such as KoЯn and Limp Bizkit — were starting to gain a growing audience in the alternative metal genre which Primus had helped to promote. This article is about the TV series. ... Randolph Severn Trey Parker III (born October 19, 1969) is an Academy Award nominated American animator, screenwriter, film director, voice actor, actor and musician. ... Matthew Richard Matt Stone (born May 26, 1971) is an American animator, screenwriter, director, producer, voice actor, musician and actor. ... The Spirit of Christmas is the name of two different animated short films made by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. ... This article is about the band. ... Limp Bizkit is a nu metal band from Jacksonville, Florida. ... Alternative metal is an eclectic form of music that gained popularity in the early 1990s alongside grunge. ...


Brown Album was released in 1997 with singles "Shake Hands With Beef" and "Over The Falls". The Brown Album was a departure from previous Primus work. For other uses, see The Brown Album. ...


In 1998, the band headlined the inaugural Sno-Core tour with the Aquabats, Long Beach Dub Allstars and Blink 182. Les broke his foot on this tour. The Fury of the Aquabats album cover The Aquabats is a ska band from southern California. ... The Long Beach Dub Allstars was a reggae band formed in 1997 and disbanded in 2002. ... Blink-182 was an American trio that played pop punk[1][2][3] and punk rock[4][5] music. ...


Antipop was released in 1999, and was the first album to feature heavy input from outside musicians and producers such as Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine and Fred Durst from Limp Bizkit. The album was seen as a 'return to form' by most long term Primus fans, featuring harder edge song-writing fans had been craving as well as greatly improved production over the previous album. The band toured with Ozzfest, Family Values Tour, and released a video for "Lacquer Head" that was banned from MTV because of its drug content, even though it was an anti-drug song. Antipop is the final studio album by Primus, released on October 19, 1999, before their hiatus in 2000-2003. ... Thomas Baptist Morello (born May 30, 1964), is a Grammy Award-winning American guitarist best known for his tenure with the bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, and as the acoustic artist The Nightwatchman, He was featured as one of 20 guitarists in Rolling Stone magazines The Top... Rage Against the Machine is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1991. ... William Frederick Durst (born August 20, 1970 in Jacksonville, Florida) is an American singer, known primarily as the founder of nu metal band Limp Bizkit. ... Limp Bizkit is a nu metal band from Jacksonville, Florida. ... Ozzfest is an annual tour of the United States (and in some years, Europe) featuring performances by many heavy metal and hard rock musical groups. ... The Family Values Tour was created by the band Korn in 1998 to be an annual nu metal, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock and Rap tour. ...


In 2000 Primus performed a cover of the Black Sabbath classic "N.I.B." with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals. This track appeared originally on the album Nativity in Black II: A Tribute to Black Sabbath. The single hit number 2 on the Billboard Modern Rock tracks, the band's highest charting single in nearly a decade. The track was also released on Ozzy's Prince of Darkness box-set in 2005. For other uses, see Black Sabbath (disambiguation). ... N.I.B. is a song released by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath. ... Ozzy redirects here. ... Nativity in Black is the name of a series of Black Sabbath tribute albums that came out in the 1990s and 2000s. ...


After touring to promote Antipop throughout 2000, citing studio mismanagement and general dissatisfaction, Primus went on indefinite hiatus in 2001.


During the hiatus, Alexander released two albums with the band Laundry and performed with Blue Man Group, A Perfect Circle, and Born Naked, among others. Claypool explored the jam band scene with Oysterhead (featuring his friend Trey Anastasio of Phish as well as Stewart Copeland of The Police) and his own Colonel Les Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade. He also collaborated with Mantia in the group Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains. LaLonde joined Mantia to produce two experimental No Forcefield records, and tried unsuccessfully to start a recording studio. For the novel by Kin Platt, see The Blue Man. ... A Perfect Circle (often referred to as APC) is an alternative rock supergroup formed by guitarist Billy Howerdel. ... Oysterhead is a rock band featuring guitarist Trey Anastasio of Phish, bassist Les Claypool of Primus, and drummer Stewart Copeland of The Police. ... Trey Anastasio (born Ernest Joseph Anastasio III on September 30th, 1964)[1][2][3] is an American guitarist, composer, and vocalist most noted for his work with the rock band Phish. ... This article is about the band. ... Stewart Armstrong Copeland (born July 16, 1952) is an American musician, best known as the drummer for the band The Police and is an influential drum stylist. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Colonel Les Claypools Fearless Flying Frog Brigade is one of many musical projects involving Primus bassist Les Claypool. ... Colonel Claypools Bucket of Bernie Brains (C2B3) is a rock supergroup featuring guitarist Buckethead, bassist Les Claypool, keyboardist Bernie Worrell, and drummer Bryan Mantia. ... No Forcefield is the creation of Brian Brain Mantia (Primus, Praxis, & El Stew Extrakd (El Stew), Larry Lalonde (Primus, Possessed), and The Filthy Ape Adam Gates (Bob Cock). ...


Reformation (2003–Present)

In late 2003 Claypool reunited with LaLonde and, in a surprise move, Tim Alexander to record a DVD/EP called Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People, which Claypool described as the first DVD with supplementary music, as opposed to the contrary. The band staged a two month tour in which they performed two sets per show, the second consisting of their 1991 release Sailing the Seas of Cheese in its entirety. 2004 saw them continue touring, and even performing their 1990 release Frizzle Fry in its entirety. For these two tours, the band sold recordings directly recorded from the sound-board online, following an example of other bands such as Phish. The performance in Chicago was video taped as well, and was released on the 'Hallucino-Genetics' Live DVD. The band's style as of their last EP was based on the jam band style with extended soloing from band members and generally more focused on musicianship. This follows the musical evolution of Les Claypool's work during the Primus hiatus, it is unknown whether this style was simply temporary or if the band has permanently switched over to it. Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People is a DVD/EP by Primus, released on October 7, 2003. ... This article is about the band. ... The term jam band is commonly used to describe psychedelic rock-influenced bands whose concerts largely consist of bands reinterpreting their songs as springboards into extended improvisational pieces of music. ...


In 2005 the band performed at Lollapalooza and Vegoose. Between Primus shows, Les created a new solo project called the Fancy band which, like his other projects only occasionally played Primus songs. Lollapalooza is an American music festival featuring rock, alternative rock, hip hop, and punk rock bands, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths. ... The 2005 Vegoose Logo Vegoose is an annual Halloween music and arts festival that first took place in 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ...


An April 26, 2006 billboard.com story reported that Alexander will be the drummer in a reunited Meat Puppets lineup. The band will feature original members Cris Kirkwood and Curt Kirkwood. Alexander would have taken the place of original drummer Derrick Bostrom who declined an invitation to rejoin the band. However this was later proven false, as the Meat Puppets announced that their new drummer was Ted Marcus. The Meat Puppets are an American rock band formed in January 1980, in the Sunnyslope neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona. ... Cris Kirkwood (born October 22, 1960) is the bassist and founding member of the Meat Puppets, an alternative/punk rock band. ... Curt Kirkwood (born January 10, 1959) is an American musician, who sings and plays guitar. ... Derrick Bostrom (born June 23, 1960) is an American musician. ... Ted Marcus is an American drummer currently playing with the Meat Puppets. ...


A May 10, 2006 article in IGN[1] revealed that Primus had signed on with RedOctane to allow the master recording of John the Fisherman to be used in Guitar Hero 2, a game for the Playstation 2 and Xbox 360. is the 130th day of the year (131st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... IGN - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... RedOctane is an American electronic entertainment company perhaps best known for publishing the Guitar Hero series. ... A master recording is an original recording, from which copies may be made. ... John the Fisherman is the first single by the alternative rock band Primus, released first live in 1989 on Suck on This, then re-released a year later, this time studio recorded, on Frizzle Fry. ... Guitar Hero II is music video game and an upcoming sequel to the original Guitar Hero, being released for the Sony PlayStation 2 video game console. ... PS2 redirects here. ... It has been suggested that Xbox 360 Elite be merged into this article or section. ...


Primus performed on July 29th at the 1st Annual Hedgpeth Festival in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. No new tracks were performed, and no word was given by any of the members regarding the new album. There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...


In November 2006 commenced Primus: The Beat A Dead Horse Tour 2006, which concluded the following month. During the tour, Primus began performing "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" for the first time in 7 years.[9]


It was announced that Primus would be performing at the 2008 Rothbury Festival in Rothbury, MI[10], and the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, CA.[11] Rothbury is a village located in Oceana County, Michigan. ... This article is about the city in California. ...


New releases

In Mid-August of 2006, a DVD release entitled Blame It On The Fish was added to the listings of Amazon and other online shops. Shortly thereafter, the website The PRP reported that a rumor had surfaced implying that the band was quietly planning a North American tour for November/December 2006.[12]


On October 17, 2006, Primus released both their first greatest hits CD They Can't All Be Zingers and their third DVD Blame It on The Fish, subtitled An Abstract Look at the 2003 Primus Tour De Fromage. They Cant All Be Zingers is a greatest hits collection, by Primus. ... Blame It on The Fish is a dvd release from Primus Tracklist: 1. ...


They Can't All Be Zingers: The Best of Primus includes 16 digitally remastered songs that span their entire career, including a previously unreleased and extended version of "Shake Hands With Beef", the Tom Waits collaboration "Coattails Of A Deadman", and "Mary The Ice Cube" from the 2003 DVD and EP Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People. Shake Hands With Beef is the first of two singles off the album Brown Album by the band Primus, the other being Over the Falls. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People is a DVD/EP by Primus, released on October 7, 2003. ...


Blame It On The Fish: An Abstract Look at the 2003 Primus Tour De Fromage contains live footage from the band's 2003 reunion tour, interview segments and behind the scenes footage. The DVD includes a 70 minute feature film and 90 minutes of bonus material, including a 30 minute mockumentary about the band in 2065. Blame It On The Fish is directed by Matthew J. Powers, who directed Never Been Done, a documentary about Jon Comer. Mockumentary (also known as a pseudo-documentary)[1], a portmanteau of mock and documentary, is a film and TV genre, or a single work of the genre. ... Jon Comer, Professional skateboarder, gets air with a prosthetic leg. ...


Etymology

Primus were originally called "Primate" until another group called "Primate" threatened legal action. Claypool allegedly selected Primus as the next closest thing to Primate in the dictionary.


Band members

Current members

Leslie Edward Les Claypool (born September 29, 1963 in Richmond, California, U.S.) is a singer, lyricist, bassist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, best known for his work with the alternative rock band Primus. ... Larry Ler LaLonde (born Reid Lawrence LaLonde on September 12, 1968 in Oakland, California) is a guitarist who currently plays in Primus along with Les Claypool and Tim Alexander. ... Tim Alexander Tim Herb Alexander Described as one of the most innovative drummers in the drumming community, Alexander is known best for playing in the rock band Primus. ...

Former members

Bryan Brain Mantia (whose name is more often mistakenly spelled Brian) is a contemporary rock drummer. ... The factual accuracy of this article is disputed. ... Jay Lane, born 5 December 1964, is an American drummer who currently plays and sings in Ratdog, ex-Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weirs solo project. ... This article is about the avant-garde metal composer and musician. ...

Side projects

To see a more detailed description of each band members' side projects, please refer to their respective articles.
  • Les Claypool contributed bass for Jerry Cantrell's first solo album, Boggy Depot. Cantrell joined the band on stage most notably at Woodstock 1994.
  • Claypool, LaLonde and Brain provided bass, guitar and drums respectively for the first track ("Big in Japan") on Tom Waits' album Mule Variations.

Jerry Fulton Cantrell Jr. ... Boggy Depot is the first solo album by Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell. ... The Woodstock Music and Art Fair was a historic event held at Max Yasgurs 600 acre (2. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... Mule Variations is an album by Tom Waits, released 1999 by the Anti sub-label of Epitaph Records. ...

Discography

Main article: Primus discography

This is a discography for the American alternative rock/funk/metal band Primus. ...

EPs

Miscellaneous Debris is an EP of 5 song covers by Primus. ... It has been suggested that Rhinoplasty (Primus album) be merged into this article or section. ... Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People is a DVD/EP by Primus, released on October 7, 2003. ...

Studio Albums

Frizzle Fry is the first studio album recorded by the band Primus as Suck on This was a live album. ... Sailing the Seas of Cheese is the second album by Primus, released on May 14, 1991. ... Pork Soda is the fourth album by Primus. ... Tales from the Punchbowl is the fourth studio album by Primus, released on May 23, 1995. ... For other uses, see The Brown Album. ... Antipop is the final studio album by Primus, released on October 19, 1999, before their hiatus in 2000-2003. ... Primus seventh studio album (as of July 2005) is rumored to be in the works. ...

Other releases

Suck on This is a live album by the band Primus, released in 1989 (see 1989 in music) and re-issued on April 23, 2002 (see 2002 in music) along with Frizzle Fry. ... They Cant All Be Zingers is a greatest hits collection, by Primus. ...

Music videos

Primus hire many of their friends from the Bay Area to be in the stage crew, and many of them appear in Primus's videos and home videos.

Song Director Released Notes
"John the Fisherman" Mark Kohr 1990 Kirk Hammett appears in the video.
"Too Many Puppies" Kevin Kerslake 1990
"Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" Mark Kohr 1991 Bob Cock appears in the beginning clip.
"Tommy the Cat" Mark Kohr 1991 Shot entirely in black and white, with clips of black and white animation.
"My Name Is Mud" Mark Kohr 1993 Bob Cock appears throughout the video.
"DMV" Mark Kohr 1993 The band was asked to make this video by the record label.
"Mr. Krinkle" Mark Kohr 1993 The camera does not move during the entire video; shot in one take.
"Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" Les Claypool 1995 Shot at Rancho Relaxo, Claypool's home.
"Southbound Pachyderm" Les Claypool 1995 Entirely claymated, except for the band appearing on a TV.
"Devil Went Down to Georgia" Mike Johnson 1996 Entirely claymated.
"Shake Hands With Beef" Les Claypool 1997
"Over the Falls" Les Claypool 1997 Shot entirely in black and white.
"Lacquer Head" Les Claypool 1999 Blends claymation and real video. Including clips from many previous music videos. Banned by MTV because of drug references, despite being an anti-drug song.
"The Ballad of Buckethead" Les Claypool 2006 Only Primus song to feature Buckethead

Radio singles for which no official music videos were made include: "Those Damned Blue Collar Tweekers," "Mrs. Blaileen," "Mr. Knowitall," "To Defy The Laws of Tradition," "Over The Electric Grapevine," and "Coattails of a Dead Man." John the Fisherman is the first single by the alternative rock band Primus, released first live in 1989 on Suck on This, then re-released a year later, this time studio recorded, on Frizzle Fry. ... Kirk Lee Hammett (born on November 18, 1962) is the lead guitarist and songwriter in the band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. ... Too Many Puppies is a single from the early 1990s band Primus and the second single off of their 1990 studio debut album Frizzle Fry. ... Kevin Kerslake is an American music video director. ... Jerry Was a Race Car Driver is the first single off Primuss 1991 album Sailing the Seas of Cheese . ... Adam Gates, aka Bob C. Cock, is a close friend and a road crew member of the alternative rock band Primus. ... Tommy the Cat is a song by the alternative rock band Primus, first released in 1989 on their live debut, Suck on This. ... My Name is Mud is the 1993 smash hit song by alternative rock band Primus, the first single off of their album Pork Soda. ... Adam Gates, aka Bob C. Cock, is a close friend and a road crew member of the alternative rock band Primus. ... DMV is the second single of Primuss platinum selling Pork Soda album, preceded by My Name Is Mud and coming before Mr. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Mr. ... Wynonas Big Brown Beaver is the first single off Primuss 1995 album Tales From the Punchbowl. ... Leslie Edward Les Claypool (born September 29, 1963 in Richmond, California, U.S.) is a singer, lyricist, bassist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, best known for his work with the alternative rock band Primus. ... Southbound Pachyderm was a track off of the Primus album Tales from the Punchbowl. ... Clay animation is one of many forms of stop motion animation; specifically, it is the form where each animated piece, either character or background, is deformable, i. ... See TV (disambiguation) for other uses and Television (band) for the rock band European networks National In much of Europe television broadcasting has historically been state dominated, rather than commercially organised, although commercial stations have grown in number recently. ... The Devil Went Down to Georgia is a country song written and performed by the Charlie Daniels Band and released on their 1979 album Million Mile Reflections. ... Mike Johnson is a stop-motion animator who has worked on such films and TV programmes as The Devil Went Down To Georgia, The PJs, James And The Giant Peach, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. ... Shake Hands With Beef is the first of two singles off the album Brown Album by the band Primus, the other being Over the Falls. ... Over the Falls, is the second of two singles by the alternative rock band Primus, released off their 1997 album, Brown Album. ... Lacquer Head is the lone single off of Primus 1999 album, Antipop. ... The Ballad of the Buckethead is a song by guitar virtuoso Buckethead. ... Those Damned Blue Collar Tweekers is the third single off Primuss 1991 album Sailing the Seas of Cheese. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Mr. ...


Awards

Album Year Award
Sailing the Seas of Cheese 1993 Gold Album
Pork Soda 1993 Platinum Album
Tales from the Punchbowl 1995 Gold Album

Sailing the Seas of Cheese is the second album by Primus, released on May 14, 1991. ... Pork Soda is the fourth album by Primus. ... Tales from the Punchbowl is the fourth studio album by Primus, released on May 23, 1995. ...

Trivia

In 1999 Primus' "Jerry Was a Racecar Driver" appeared on the soundtrack for "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" video game. In 2006 the Primus song "American Life" appeared on the soundtrack for "Tony Hawk's Project 8" video game Tony Hawks Pro Skater (THPS), released as Tony Hawks Skateboarding in Europe, is a skateboarding video game, and the first in the Tony Hawks series. ... Tony Hawks Project 8, officially abbreviated as THP8 is the eighth installment in the Tony Hawks Series. ...


Primus also made a subtle tribute to Jesus Christ Superstar in the song "The Carpenter and the Dainty Bride." Near the end of the song, Les plays a guitar riff almost identical to that of the melody in the overture of Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as the track "39 Lashes" near the end of the soundtrack. This article is about the rock opera. ...


Pop Punk band Chixdiggit reference Primus in their song "Angriest Young Men" from the 2007 album Chixdiggit II.


Eminem references Primus in the clean version of "My Name Is". The line is "hi kids, do you like Primus?" My Name Is is a song by Eminem, released in 1999. ...


Seamus from Family Guy reveals in the episode Stewie Loves Lois that he carries a poster of the members of Primus in his wooden arm. Family Guy is an Emmy Award-winning American animated television series about a dysfunctional family in the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island. ... “Stewie Loves Lois” is the first episode of season 5 of Family Guy. ...



Appeared in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey at the battle of the bands playing "Tommy the Cat" [2]


In 2008, Fox played "Jerry Was a Racecar Driver" during a race at Martinsville.


External links

MusicBrainz (MusicBrainz. ... Last. ...

References

  1. ^ a b c d Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Greg Prato. All Music Guide Bio. Allmusic.com. Retrieved on 2006-11-13.
  2. ^ New Rage: The Funky. Guitar Player via ram.org (August 1991). Retrieved on 2006-09-23.
  3. ^ High Fryers. Metal Forces #54 via ram.org. Retrieved on 2006-09-23.
  4. ^ Say "Cheese"!. Kerrang! #343 via ram.org (June 1, 1991). Retrieved on 2006-09-23.
  5. ^ Informal standard (TXT). Retrieved on 2006-09-23.
  6. ^ Karl Coryat. Les Claypool gets a Taste of the Big Time. Bass Player Magazine via ram.org. Retrieved on 2006-09-23.
  7. ^ Interview with Alex Skolnick of Testament when they played Vancouver with Judas Priest and Megadeth on Halloween night.. Retrieved on 2006-09-24.
  8. ^ Primus Chart History, Singles. Billboard. Retrieved on 2007-04-01.
  9. ^ YouTube - #11 - Primus 2006-11-29 Vancouver @ the Orpheum
  10. ^ Rothbury Festival Artist List. Retrieved on 2008-02-17.
  11. ^ Beck, Primus, Ben Harper join Outlands lineup. Retrieved on 2008-03-24.
  12. ^ Those Damn Blue Collared Tours. Retrieved on 2006-09-23.
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Jay Lane, born 5 December 1964, is an American drummer who currently plays and sings in Ratdog, ex-Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weirs solo project. ... Adam Gates (aka Ape Adam Gates and Bob C. Cock) is a vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist and composer from the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Frizzle Fry is the first studio album recorded by the band Primus as Suck on This was a live album. ... Sailing the Seas of Cheese is the second album by Primus, released on May 14, 1991. ... Pork Soda is the fourth album by Primus. ... Tales from the Punchbowl is the fourth studio album by Primus, released on May 23, 1995. ... For other uses, see The Brown Album. ... Antipop is the final studio album by Primus, released on October 19, 1999, before their hiatus in 2000-2003. ... Primus seventh studio album (as of July 2005) is rumored to be in the works. ... 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Oysterhead is a rock band featuring guitarist Trey Anastasio of Phish, bassist Les Claypool of Primus, and drummer Stewart Copeland of The Police. ... Colonel Claypools Bucket of Bernie Brains (C2B3) is a rock supergroup featuring guitarist Buckethead, bassist Les Claypool, keyboardist Bernie Worrell, and drummer Bryan Mantia. ... Les Claypools Fancy Band is the most current group of fiery individuals to go on tour with Les Claypool. ... Originally a progressive rock band formed in high school by guitarist Jerry Cantrell, Blind Illusion had morphed in time to a thrash metal band in the 1980s. ... Possessed is a death metal band that formed in 1983 in El Sobrante, California. ... Guns N Roses is an American hard rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. ... No Forcefield is the creation of Brian Brain Mantia (Primus, Praxis, & El Stew Extrakd (El Stew), Larry Lalonde (Primus, Possessed), and The Filthy Ape Adam Gates (Bob Cock). ... 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