Sailing the Punchbowl of Pork Soda: Primus 101

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We all love metal. We eat, breathe, and sleep metal. We listen to metal while we’re relaxing, working, studying, etc. Metal is the soundtrack to our lives. People ask you how you can listen to screaming all the other time, and you respond with a soul crushing stare that causes lesser men to quiver in their moccasins. You love metal, and that’s why you’re here.

However, I’m fairly certain that you don’t listen only to metal. Tyree loves singer-songwriter artists. Joe and Edward love hip hop. Max likes EDM. I love funk and a number of other genres. Therefore, I thought it might be fun to discuss one of the better metal-adjacent bands. Flushers, let’s talk about Primus.

Primus have had a long and storied career spanning from before the 90s into the modern era. Incorporating elements of funk, jazz, jam music, and metal, Primus have long stood as a pillar of alternative rock just popular enough to get radio play but just weird enough to bring in the metal kids. The most distinguishing feature about Primus is easily Les Claypool’s distinctive bass playing, and as the only permanent fixture of the three piece, Primus has largely always been Claypool’s vision.

They say that plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery, so I’m going to borrow the format Randall Thor used in his Blind Guardian post. There’s a ton of info about each of Primus’s releases on Wikipedia, so I’ll link to the article on each album (and any additional sources) and provide you with some commentary regarding the stylistic background of each album. I’ll also link to my favorite song from each album. Just keep one thing in mind while reading this overview: Primus sucks!


 

Frizzle Fry – 1990

Primus exploded onto the scene with a rocking mixture of funk and heavy music in the form of their debut album Frizzle Fry. This album featured what many consider the classic Primus line-up of Claypool, LaLonde (who would play on every official Primus release), and Herb, and many of the tracks from this introduction are still played today. Even from the beginning, the supreme ability of each of the members of Primus was on display. Claypool’s patented slap and funky bass techniques provide a solid bedrock for the low end, and LaLonde’s guitar accentuated the bass well with a heavy counterpoint. This is one of Primus’s heavier albums by virtue of Herb’s dynamic drumming and the jammier moments in many of the tracks. Additionally, the trademark dark humor and satirical tone that would loom over every Primus album was definitely evident on this debut. For my favorite cut I’m not going to pick the obvious “John the Fisherman.” Instead, I’m going to go with “Groundhog’s Day” because it’s probably the heaviest track on the album and offers a nice view of the jam influences near the end. Primus definitely set the bar high on their debut.

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Sailing the Seas of Cheese – 1991

Just one year after Frizzle Fry, Primus made their major label debut with Sailing the Seas of Cheese. This album would feature a little less of the hard edge of Frizzle Fry, but the beginnings of some of Primus’s more unconventional and unique songwriting approach are definitely evident. In addition to the power trio of guitar/bass/drums that form the core of the Primus song, the band also incorporated sounds from upright bass, clarinet, banjo, and water jug, lending the album an experimental flair that would continue onto the next full length. This album features some of the band’s most beloved songs and even an excellent guest appearance by the inimitable Tom Waits. I’ve selected that song, “Tommy the Cat,” as my representative track for the album. If you’re looking for an entry point into the Primus discography, this is as good a place as any.

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Miscellaneous Debris – 1992

There isn’t too much to say about this covers EP except that the unique spin Primus puts on the rock formula is definitely evident. Check out “Have a Cigar” for example. That fat low end bass adds a distinctly darker tone to the song than possessed by the original. Interestingly, this album featured the first appearance of Claypool’s infamous fretless six-string the “Rainbow Bass.”

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Pork Soda – 1993

On their third full-length release, Primus simultaneously ramped up the experimentation and diversity while somehow cracking into the Billboard 200. This album features some of the more bizarre and unique songs ever recorded by the band, all wrapped in a satirically humorous and surprisingly dark atmosphere. “My Name Is Mud,” “Bob,” and “Wounded Knee” all feature macabre lyrics that would fit in with the topical themes of a more proper metal outfit, but Primus also inject their trademark humor and wit with “DMV” and “Nature Boy.” The themes and experimentation lend themselves to a feeling of heaviness about the album, despite the fact that it is a less straight-forward rock effort than some of the other albums. As a demonstration of that palpable heaviness, I’ve selected “Mr. Krinkle.” This video is pretty interesting in and of itself, as it was shot entirely in one take and features several guest appearances.

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Tales from the Punchbowl – 1995

Tales from the Punchbowl was another huge commercial success for Primus, cracking the #8 spot on the Billboard 200 and producing the band’s most well-known song, “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver.” This album saw the band continue with some of the more progressive strains they touched on in Pork Soda, including a few unique instruments and longer song structures. However, it seems at this point that the cracks were starting to show in the creative unit as Primus seemed to be reaching a sort of commercial critical mass. Sadly, this would be the last album with Herb for many years. There are a number of foreboding and depressive tracks on this album that provide an interesting dichotomy to the poppy sensibilities of “Wynona.” I’m sure most of you have heard “Wynona,” so I’ve instead selected “Professor Nutbutter’s House of Treats” because it showcases both Claypool’s tongue-in-cheek humor and the brooding darkness lurking under the surface.

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Brown Album – 1997

Primus’s next album would be the first with Brian “Brain” Mantia, and would be met with polarizing opinions. Although Primus retained some of the jazz elements, Claypool and company seemed to be going for a more straight-forward rock album that went back to the earlier aggression from their first few releases. There’s a significant lack of diversity compared to the previous releases, but the more stripped-down approach definitely produced some winners. “Camelback Cinema” features one of my favorite interchanges between drum and bass in all of rock music.

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Rhinoplasty – 1998

This is the second covers EP released by Primus. Interestingly, some of the songs on this album are a bit heavier, perhaps portending where Primus would soon move stylistically. I’ve selected the band’s cover of “The Thing That Should Not Be” as the featured track because it’s fun to think of how Metallica might sound if they had accepted Les Claypool’s audition.

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Antipop – 1999

Antipop was the band’s last release before their brief hiatus, and the interesting nature of this album is a definite indication of the music scene of the late ‘90s. With less focus on the jam elements and with the metal components cranked way up, this album could easily be considered the band’s heaviest and darkest release. However, it too was a polarizing release that seemingly led to the band’s hiatus. What I find most interesting about this album is the role other rock, and metal musicians played. Tom Morello, James Hetfield, Jim Martin, and Tom Waits all made guest appearances, and one track featured production by Fred Durst. This album feature some of Primus’s heaviest, most technical playing, but fans of the jammier side of the group’s discography will likely be disappointed. As a standout track, I’ve selected “Eclectic Electric,” a proggy, melancholy epic featuring guest guitar work by Hetfield and Martin.

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Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People – 2003

This EP broke the radio silence engulfing Primus’s career and reintroduced Tim Alexander to the ranks. It was an interesting return to form for the group, harkening back to the more unexpected and diverse sound of the earlier releases coupled with that ethereal darkness that seems to have attached itself to Primus’s unique flavor of rock. All of the tracks on this short release are quality, but I’ve chosen “My Friend Fats” as the standout track. Interestingly, this song seems to hint at the more reserved vocal approach Claypool would seem to take with later releases.

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Green Naugahyde – 2011

I’m skipping over a studio rehearsal EP of previously released tracks to discuss Primus’s most recent release. Green Naugahyde, named after a fictional leathery monster used in advertising, saw a supposed return-to-form for the band, with the rock elements toned down in favor of the jam and experimental approaches. This album still retains much of the pessimistic social commentary and tongue-in-cheek dark humor of previous releases, but many of the songs sound fun or bouncy, almost as though the band was finally enjoying itself again. This album is the first official release to feature Jay Lane, Primus’s original drummer from the demo days, and his addition added a welcome swing to the band’s sound. As a standout track, I’ve chosen “Eyes of a Squirrel” to show Claypool’s more diverse vocal presence and the band’s reinvigorated sense of the weird.

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Primus & the chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble – 2014

This album hasn’t actually been released yet, so I can’t give you a proper commentary on it, but I expect it to be more aligned with Claypool’s side jam projects than the main Primus discography. The album will feature a more fleshed out rhythm section and interesting orchestration as a reimagining of the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory soundtrack. You can read my commentary on the first single, “Pure Imagination,” here. I’m intrigued to see how Herb’s renewed presence in the band plays out.

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Well, there you have it. I hope you’ve enjoyed this voyage through the weird and wonderful discography of Primus. If your zest for les Claypool’s music is unsated, might I suggest you check out his side projects? Many of them lean more towards jam and experimental music, but I’m sure you’ll find something interesting on each. I’ve linked a video to each of the bands below. Of special note is Claypool’s Bay Area Thrash band Blind Illusion. I’d also like to note that Primus has a deep connection to the creators of South Park, even going so far as to write the show’s main theme.

Be sure to like Primus on Facebook. They’ve announced a slew of tour dates in support of the new album, so be sure to catch them if you can.

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  • Death

    Never really cared for Primus. I like some of their songs, but they just don’t tickle my rectum.

    • I like Primus most when they do something outside their usual style. “Over the Falls” is a good example, as is “Over the Electric Grapevine.” Listening to one of their albums is difficult for me; Les Claypool mumbling over muted slap bass is only entertaining for so long.

      • Seeing Les live is kind of a slog if you don’t like bands jamming for a long ass time.

        • My main gripe is just that he needs an editor. Primus are a bit like Metallica: both have more or less had the same lineup their entire careers minus one instrument (drums in Primus, bass in Metallica) and I think the problem is they just need some new blood. Les working with Trey from Phish is decidedly not what I have in mind.

        • Same seems to be true for post rock bands as well. Both Pelican and Mogwai were boring as shit live. I was pretty disappointed with both shows, as I love both bands.

      • Mother Shabubu III

        “Coattails of a Dead Man” is one of the best Primus songs. Funny thing that it is on my least favorite Primus album.

        • B-but it has guest spots from members of Metallica AND Limp Bizkit!

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          Put together Les and Tom and you can’t not make a great song (martina was alright too)

        • Cock ov Steele

          The fisherman chronicles are my favorite.

    • GOD I LOVE THIS SONG.

      • I remember playing Street Sk8er on PS1 and just leaving it on in the background while I did other stuff because awesome music.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          I never played that game. When it comes to Playstation 1 games I love the first Dave Mirra, all the Twisted Metal games, the first Tony Hawk, Cool Boarders, some of the EA Sports game of the time and the Frogger remake. I also love Crash Bandicoot and Spyro, as well as two games called Glover and N20: Nitrous Oxide.

          • Twisted Metal, Crash and Spyro were basically my entire childhood.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Twisted Metal 4 is my favorite because Zombie is a playable character. I remember buying my first copy of the game back when I was six for 10 dollars. This was in 2001 at the same mall I bought my first metal albums, the albums being Fundamental Elements of Southtown by POD and Mankind by Factory 81. I have long since lost the first copy but I have a second copy I bought a few years back. The game never gets old.

    • Maybe they’re aren’t metal or whatever, but that riff in this song is nothing but a pit riff. You know the one I mean.

      • Totally. Also Larry LaLonde, the guitarist, used to play in Possessed.

        • Cock ov Steele

          They were also in Blind Illusion Les was playing like John Myung basslines. I’ve never heard him so tame.

        • DeeSnarl

          Came to make sure this was possessed… I mean, addressed.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      I love that song and I love that it is in this game. I’m happy that I still own a copy of it for Playstation.

  • “People ask you how you can listen to screaming all the other time…”

    I tried to explain to my good friend’s new girlfriend Saturday that I liked “extreme, technical, heavy metal”. She responded, “So like Five Finger Death Punch?”

    *facepalm*

    All I could think about was how much lolbuttz we were going to have on when I told you, my toilet friends, about it.

    GL

    • Howard Dean

      I try to explain to people that the vocals I listen to are not really screaming, but rather growling or shrieking. Mainstream plebs are incapable of following extreme metal nuance.

      • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

        it’s gotten a lot easier for me by just describing it to non-metallers as “theater”

      • Xan

        I like the looks that can be obtained from doing a really deep death growl. I’m incredibly nerdy and have a baby face so I don’t like someone who could unleash deep ripping growls.

      • crazytaco_12

        “Oh, you listen to that Screamo stuff?” – shit pisses me off every time

        • Stockhausen

          I’m getting really tired of explaining that one.

    • Death

      I wouldn’t call the new In Flames album “extreme, technical, heavy metal” but call it what you want.

      • I was referring to those three things independently. Extreme related to what she likely had in mind, technical relative to her pleb mind, and heavy metal relative to her country music. But relative to your experience, yes you got me on the new In Flames! 🙂

        GL

        • Death

          I dun goofed.

          • You are good man.

            In addition, she asked, “Name a band you like. Maybe I have heard of them.”

            I said, “Archspire.”

            Staytech Bros!

            GL

          • Death

            I bought the new Archsipre album and got bored of it really fast.

          • Should have told her Anal Cunt.

            ACFP

          • Howard Dean

            Or Prostitute Disfigurement.

          • Or Torsofuck.

          • Howard Dean

            Byah!

          • Death

            “Yeah, I love the song Raped By the Elephants.”

          • Xan

            “I’ll never go to Africa again!”

      • Mother Shabubu III

        As the French would call it, “le poopoo”.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          “You English kniggets, your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries”

          -a french knight

          • Death

            “No, now go away or I shall taunt you a second time.”

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            *launches a cow on a catapult*

          • Run away!

          • “First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin, then shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it.”

          • Death

            “Oh! Come and see the violence inherent in the system! Help, help, I’m being repressed!”

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        I call the new In Flames album their best album of the 2000’s. I consider it better than Clayman of which I didn’t really enjoy and certainly better than anything up until the 2011 abomination.

        • Death

          You also think that ELP is a good band

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            ELP is a good band. Can any of your prog bands do such good covers of classical music?

          • Death

            Classical music is to be left for classical orchestras. ELP only ruins them.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            No they don’t, they make such great stuff as Pictures At An Exhibition, the cover of Mars, The Bringer Of War that they did in the 80’s and other great things as well.

          • Death

            King Crimson did a superior Mars cover. ELP is shit.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I diasgree. Even though I love good old KC I also love ELP so much. I’m still saving up for the Starless box set. I wish it wasn’t so expensive.

          • Death

            ELP is the fucking antithesis of everything that’s good!

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I also liked the new InFlames their best since The Jester Race

          • Death

            My own kin has betrayed me!

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Only your friends stand close enough to stab you in the back. Only those you trust, betray.

    • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

      try explaining your “toilet friends” to people.

      • i started dating someone right about the time this site was started. i had to explain you all to her, as a disclaimer.

        • Was she rustled?

          GL

          • nope! she said “you’re the weirdest person i’ve ever met. and i like that.”

        • Mother Shabubu III

          Cool, so is she down to fuck in a Toilet Orgy?

          • why else would i have explained?

          • Death

            This Toilet Orgy seems to be a sausage fest.

          • As long as SMOHLG is there, it doesn’t matter.

          • Death

            That would change everything.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            SMOHLG can do a 1800 on his skateboard.

            #SMOHLGFax

          • crazytaco_12

            I’d appreciate Jen’s (AKA Kurt CoBane) insight within the toilet. Never made the switch.

        • Death

          You dun goofed or not dun goofed?

        • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

          my favorite line is “put your phone down and talk to me for once instead of your toilet friends” – Mrs. Coal Roll

      • Cock ov Steele

        “So I was in a discussion on the toilet today”

        • crazytaco_12

          I always say to my gf “I was on the toilet earlier…” and it always makes me laugh when I say it

      • Xan

        Put that shit on your
        Résumé. It’ll go real well with an employer.

        • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

          Right Joe?

    • Mother Shabubu III

      And then you gave her a hot carl, right?

    • Cock ov Steele

      Ill have friends ask me if I know Metallica.

    • The Satan Ov Hell

      “You mean the really heavy stuff, like metallica?”

    • Tyree

      I just send people a link to my Bandcamp collection and tell them to listen to the metal bands that are on it. I hate explaining to non metal listeners what kind of metal I listen too. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve been asked by people if like Five Finger Death Punch.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        People ask if I like FFDP and other crap like that. The most current I will go when it comes to musical genres is nu metal. I will not listen to anything from 2004 onward that isn’t from a band I either like or that is recommended to me.

        • Tyree

          Or I just make them listen to this and tell them to fuck off.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_kCNfXRGFo

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I love Carcass, especially their early stuff and the new one. I think Heartwork is a landmark of metal and I even love Swansong.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          No one’s ever asked me if I like 5FDP, how come everyone else gets stupid people asking stupid questions. I wants too

          • Deputy Dipshit

            Go hangout at your local BDubs or college fraternities!

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            No Bdubs/college fraternities I know listen rhem either. It’s not really a thing here

          • Xan

            There’s a serious lack of trve metalheads at my college campus. I got excited when I saw dude wearing an Anthrax shirt but his favorite band was fucking 5FDP so I promptly cut all ties with him. And destroyed him.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            You’re lucky. When I tell people I like metal they always ask me if i like 5FDP and other crap like that. The only band they can guess right is Slipknot and I am not a gigantic fan of theirs, but I do like them.

          • Thissitecracksmeup

            Hey man, you ever listen to Five Finger Death Punch? Like ’em??

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Thank you.

      • Howard Dean

        It can be really frustrating. I don’t wear my metaldom on the (nonexistent) sleeve of a patched vest, so people never suspect that I listen primarily to black and death metal. But occasionally someone will ask me what I listen to. I usually try to avoid answering this question, and will give a vague answer attempting to steer the conversation away (“I listen to all kinds of stuff”). But if they persist, I will usually say something open-ended along the lines of “heavy stuff, abrasive stuff; guitar-oriented, bass heavy, fast drumming.”

        And I usually get the, “You mean that godawful screamo-emo stuff?!”

        And then I sigh and walk away.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          I hate people who consider all metal screamo-emo stuff. The people who usually do that are lovers of Kanye and Miley and Beyonce.

        • Death

          I just don’t answer when people ask what kind of music I like.

        • Tyree
          • Deputy Dipshit

            Never enough Big Trouble In Little China!

          • Simon Phoenix

            It’s all in the reflexes.

        • This tiny girl that works with me asked what concert I went to the other night. I told her “Oh, it was a metal show,” because no one ever recognizes the names of the bands we listen to. Then she asked me if they were “screamo” bands and it took everything in me to not pick her up and smash her like this: http://www.9e3k.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Hulk-vs-Loki-04.gif

          • Xan

            As I said above, sometimes you just need to skull fuck a bitch.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          My routine reply is: good music. Sometimes I just play them Pekka Pohjola album (which is jazz, kind of, a poor rpresentation of my taste but not a lie)

        • Simon Phoenix

          I usually just say heavy metal and leave it at that. Of course eight times out of ten I then get the obligatory “But that’s white people music.” response. Fucking Bligh.

    • Elite Extremophile

      I’ve stopped trying to describe it as anything other than death metal, that seems to work about 65% of the time. Way better than trying to explain blackened crust or progressive metal.

      • Just say death metal and sulk away with the forever alone expression plastered on your face for all eternity.

        • Elite Extremophile

          Nah, I just wait and see if they say “so like screamo?” and then I murder them. That’s the other 35%.

    • Xan

      That’s when you’ve got to skull fuck a bitch. Some things are unforgivable.

    • crazytaco_12

      Dude, no shit, today I walk into the lunchroom at my job, Portal playing very quietly through my headphones, and one of my coworkers is like “Damn son, you listening to ‘Bloodpool’ by Avenged Sevenfold?” It took a lot not to laugh in his face.

  • I’m going to be listening to Primus the rest of the day for you, and finish reading this article when I get home

  • B00mhauer

    Gon’ kiss y’all upside the head witha baseball bat tellyewhat. Dang ol Claypool purveyin’ bass licks ya can’t beat tellyewhat. Found out ’bout Primis from Tony Hawks Pro Skater. Primus sucks. Yo.

    • W.

      Me llamo Mud!

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    I have been meaning to check out Primus for awhile now, having only heard the songs that everyone knows. Checking out each song recommendation now. Pink Floyd cover is weird, like the originals so far though.

    • W.

      Glad to hear it!

  • Tyree

    This is very well done Dubya, I bet you could have made this into a book if you really wanted too. Pork Soda is my favorite album from Primus, so many of my favorite song are on that album (DMV, Mr. Krinkle, Hamburger Train, Welcome to This World, and Bob). The production compliments the playing style very well too. Primus Sucks!

    I noticed the link for my singer-songwriter artists leads to a bunch of pulverizing grindcore 😉

    • W.

      Thanks, dude. That’s my favorite of their albums too.

  • Edward Meehan

    It’s true, I do love hip hop and rap music, but over the last few years heavy metal and extreme music have eclipsed it for my most listened to genre(s).

    W. this is good stuff. I know Primus primarily from their radio stuff, I knew exactly who they were when I got to the part about “My Name Is Mud” and “Winona’s Big Brown Beaver”.

    • W.

      Thanks, dude. Hope you enjoy exploring the rest.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    I like Primus, specially later(Shake hands, Over the falls, Southbound, LeeVanCleef,Hiinfodaman) but I won’t say they suck. Really waiting for the new one.

    • W.

      As am I.

  • Mother Shabubu III

    Primus sucks.

    • upvote for disagreement!

      • Mother Shabubu III

        Due to this happening all the time, I can’t tell if you’re misinterpreting my statement, or if you’re one of those people who knows what “Primus sucks” means and is just trying to confuse us all and rustle jimmies.

        • I was being sincere. NOW I’m fucking lost 🙂

          • “Primus sucks” is a term of endearment for Primus fans.

          • Edward Meehan

            I checked out the Urban Dictionary at the end of the article, so I could be “in the know”. I legit know next to nothing about Primus.

  • W.

    On the road to Oklahoma. Will try to get to comments when I can. Luv uuuuu guys.

    • crazytaco_12

      Good job man! I love Primus!

      • W.

        Thanks, dude!

    • Lacertilian

      I’m fairly sure Les had something to do with writing and/or performing the music for the show Robot Chicken too.

      • W.

        Was not aware

  • Jalopy-core?

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Larry Lalonde can eternally fuck off, for discrediting his former, better, band.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-h-lC9G3qN8

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      Discrediting?

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        I guess he had years ago. Basically saying it was kid stuff. Maybe he’s changed his tune.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          I did not know. I like him Les(s) know

        • Howard Dean

          Yep. I think he would rather not acknowledge Possessed, which is too bad. He ought to wear that band proudly on his sleeve. And he totally refused to allow Possessed to be included in Fenriz’s compilation of old-school metal hits (with the likes of Blasphemy, Sarcofago, Hellhammer, and Bathory). Source: http://www.ultimatemetal.com/forum/interviews/176742-fenriz-historical-documentation.html

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            How would he even have a say? He wrote like two songs and no lyrics??

          • Howard Dean

            I don’t know. It’s weird. But in that interview I linked, Fenriz said he wanted to include Possessed in that compilation, but Larry Lalonde refused.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yeah, I read that. So weird. Who could tell Fenriz no?

        • IronLawnmower

          What a lil shit. Possessed are the shit yo.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      I love Possessed but I think Primus is much better. I met someone at a graduation party I went to last year who was related to him. I didn’t have much time to ask about him but I wish I would have.

      • Deputy Dipshit

        I love graduation parties. Tell me more!

    • Simon Phoenix

      Possessed are awesome. Why would one be ashamed of them?

      This isn’t like that guy from SoIL discrediting Broken Hope, since Possessed are a good band and Broken Hope are well…not.

  • MoshOff

    A++ would read again great insight bring the whole family blockbuster hit.

    Already a die-hard Primus fan, but great article nonetheless.

    • W.

      Thanks, dude! It was fun re-exploring their discography.

  • TrickleDownTacoRiff

    THIS WAS AWESOME! AWAITING THE NEW RELEASE EAGERLY…MUCH LIKE A CHILD WITH AN UNOPENED WONKA BAR.

    • They should include random golden tickets inside physical copies of the album. Then, the winners have to go tour the studio and homes of Primus, and be widdled down one by one. The final person left standing gets the rights to their music.

      • TrickleDownTacoRiff

        Haha! yes! I tell u what I would gladly settle for the ability to see the studio and hang with les and the band! have some ham sandwiches and go fishin!

        • W.

          I’d definitely tour Rancho Relaxo!

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            ooops..

        • TrickleDownTacoRiff

          how cool would that be?

  • IronLawnmower

    All I know about this band is that they did the south park opening and their guitar player used to play in Possessed (and has seemingly disowned the band for some reason)

  • JWG

    Primus had me at “Southbound Pachyderm”. A most excellent video, too…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xb898sQtu8

    • W.

      I was debating between that one and Professor Nutbutter.

  • Scrimm

    Love this band. The Brown Album, not so much.

    • Virgil the Ghost Poet

      Scrimm my friend, that’s exactly right.

      • W.

        Agreed. I re-listened to every album while writing this. The Brown Album really isn’t my jam.

        • Virgil the Ghost Poet

          That’s awesome. You got to listen to every album back to back. I will say that Highball with the Devil is my favorite Led song and Frog Brigade is my favorite non Primus album. And Oysterhead was something I loved when it came out but I don’t like it much anymore. That ever happen to you? Maybe that should be a column some day?

  • Guacamole Jim

    Excellent write up, Dubyah!! I’ve loved Primus since I was a wee lad, though I really disliked Green Naugahyde and The Brown Album, and am on the fence about Antipop. There is something about Herb that made the band for me, and I always felt that without him they suffered. That’s a personal thing though… and, as always, PRIMUS SUCKS.

    • W.

      I’m honestly still not quite sure how I feel about Green Naugahyde.

  • Good stuff, W.

    I saw Primus in ’93 and they were amazing.

    • W.

      Danke!

  • Lacertilian

    Primus are definitely one of the most interesting bands I have ever listened to.

    • W.

      They’re also hugely popular, which makes them even weirder.

  • Virgil the Ghost Poet

    I love Primus. I love the side projects as well. Primus was the first band along with Tool that I really got into. I hated Bon Jovi and shit like that. I only listened to my dads Steely Dan records and Pink Floyd, BOC, Deep Purple, Brownsville Station, and Supertramp tapes. I will always love Primus, and I have the most juvenile delinquent memories to My Name Is Mud. Thanks W and I have the new CD on pre-order.

    • W.

      Glad to hear it!

  • The Flying Scotsman

    This won’t get read probably because it’s late, but I fucking HATE Primus. I’ve seen them many times and they bore me to tears. Same drum pattern in so many songs and Claypool just seems like a weirdo for the sake of it, but ultimately I wouldn’t waste my time listening to or seeing them live again.

    Let the hate flow…

    TFS

    • W.

      You’re entitled to your opinion, man. Obviously, I’ll fight you over this IRL, but we can be civil here.

      • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

        Nice article DUBYA!