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"Tommy the Cat" is a song by the alternative rock band Primus, first released in 1989 on their live debut, Suck on This. The studio version was released on their third album, Sailing The Seas Of Cheese. The terms alternative rock and alternative music were coined in the early 1980s to describe punk rock-inspired music genres which didnt fit into the mainstream genres of the time. ... Primus is a rock band formed in California in the mid-1980s. ... 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. ... Sailing the Seas of Cheese is an album by Primus, released on May 14, 1991. ...


The song is a simple ballad about a cat named Tommy that resides in an alley and is looking for love (hence, the lyrics, "Say baby, you wanna lay down with me?") A ballad is a story in a song, usually a narrative song or poem. ...


The sonf features Les Claypool's now famous bass line, and is one of his most complex, but has a groove that makes it very catchy for the listener. This bass line, accompanied by the lyrics and guitar, make this song a favourite for listeners.


In 1989, Primus hadn't met Tom Waits (the singer who recites the words in the studio version) at the time of the performance for their live album Suck On This, so Les Claypool invited his grandfather to sing Tommy's lines. 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tom Waits Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949 in Pomona, California) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... Les on stage with Primus in 2004 Leslie Les Edward Claypool is a bassist and lead singer, best known for his work with the alternative rock band Primus. ...


In 1991, Primus released "Tommy..." on Sailing The Seas Of Cheese, shortly after their first major label single, "Jerry Was A Race Car Driver", broke out and became a smash hit. This version of the song features Tom Waits as Tommy The Cat. The album grew quite popular, and so did the song. Eventually, the song got so popular that in concert, Primus started introducing all of their other songs by saying "This next song is not Tommy The Cat". In the summer of 1991, the video was released with a lot of popularity on MTV, but was infrequently shown on the regular music channels. The video has Les Claypool as the bartender serving milk, due to cats coming to the bar. The entire video is in black and white. 1991 (MCMXCI) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jerry Was A Race Car Driver is the first single off Primuss Sailing The Seas Of Cheese album, released in 1991. ... Tom Waits Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949 in Pomona, California) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... MTV (abbreviation for Music Television) is a cable television network which was originally devoted to music videos, especially popular rock music. ... Les on stage with Primus in 2004 Leslie Les Edward Claypool is a bassist and lead singer, best known for his work with the alternative rock band Primus. ...


Beavis & Butthead reviewed the Tommy The Cat video in an early episode, where they commented on Tom Waits being "old". Beavis and Butt-head is an animated comedy show that aired on US TV station MTV from 1993 to 1997. ...


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Said Tommy the Cat as he reeled back to clear whatever foreign matter may have nestled its way into his mighty throat.
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