Origin: San Francisco, CA, USA
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As time marches on, the quirky, alternative funk trio Primus becomes less and less relevant to a site devoted to metal. Yet their place here is secure, as they have clear metallic lineage, with Les Claypool and Larry LaLonde previously playing in the thrash band Blind Illusion and LaLonde earlier appearing in the seminal thrash/death band Possessed. And there are definite metallic tendencies throughout their work, though quite evidently more prevalent on the earlier work such as Frizzle Fry (still the BNR choice for their best work) and Sailing The Seas Of Cheese. Primus are truly in a world of their own, with a style completely unlike any other, with Claypool's inventive basswork, quirky vocals, and offbeat lyrics the obvious focal points. Despite the fact that calling them a metal band is a stretch, they remain a BNR favorite.

The original lineup is now back together, for the first time in almost a decade. A new EP has been released, nicely packaged with a DVD containing all of their old videos along with the usual extra footage and goodies associated with DVDs.

Current Members

Les Claypool

vocals/bass (ex-Blind Illusion, Sausage)

Larry LaLonde

guitars (ex-Blind Illusion, ex-Possessed)

Tim Alexander

drums (Attention Deficit, Escapethecult)

Former Members/Guests

Brian Mantia

drums (ex-Guns'n'Roses, ex-Godflesh, ex-Praxis)

Jay Lane

drums (Sausage)


Suck On This 
1988 Caroline
  1. John The Fisherman
  2. Groundhog's Day
  3. The Heckler
  4. Pressman
  5. Jellikit
  6. Tommy The Cat
  7. Pudding Time
  8. Harold Of The Rocks
  9. Frizzle Fry
  • Les Claypool
  • Larry LaLonde
  • Tim Alexander

Frizzle Fry 
1990 Caroline
  1. To Defy the Laws of Tradition
  2. Groundhog's Day
  3. Too Many Puppie
  4. Mr. Knowitall
  5. Frizzle Fry
  6. John the Fisherman
  7. The Toys Go Winding Down
  8. Pudding Time
  9. Sathington Willoughby
  10. Spegetti Western
  11. Harold of the Rocks
  • Les Claypool
  • Larry LaLonde
  • Tim Alexander
1990 BNR Top Ten album

Sailing The Seas Of Cheese 
1991 Interscope
  1. Seas of Cheese
  2. Here Come the Bastards
  3. Sgt. Baker
  4. American Life
  5. Jerry Was a Race Car Driver
  6. Eleven
  7. Grandad's Little Ditty
  8. Is it Luck?
  9. Cat
  10. Those Damn Blue-Collar Tweekers
  11. Fish On (Fisherman's Chronicles, Chapter II)
  • Les Claypool
  • Larry LaLonde
  • Tim Alexander
1991 BNR Top Ten album

Reviews:   Sputnik Music 

(EP) Miscellaneous Debris 
1992 Atlantic
  1. Intruder
  2. Making Plans For Nigel
  3. Sinister Exaggerator
  4. Tippi-Toes
  5. Have A Cigar
  • Les Claypool
  • Larry LaLonde
  • Tim Alexander

Pork Soda 
1993 Interscope
  1. Pork Chop's Little Ditty
  2. My Name Is Mud
  3. Welcome to This World
  4. Bob
  5. DMV
  6. The Ol' Diamond Back Sturgeon (Fisherman's Chronicles Part 3)
  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
  15. Hail Santa
  • Les Claypool
  • Larry LaLonde
  • Tim Alexander
1993 BNR Top Ten album

Tales From The Punchbowl 
1995 Atlantic
  1. Professor Nutbutter's House Of Treats
  2. Mrs. Blaileen
  3. Wynona's Big Brown Beaver
  4. Southbound Pachyderm
  5. Space Farm
  6. Year Of The Parrot
  7. Hallebound 171/2 (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. Captain Shiner
  • Les Claypool
  • Larry LaLonde
  • Tim Alexander

Brown Album 
1997 Atlantic
  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 Arnie
  • Les Claypool
  • Larry LaLonde
  • Brian Mantia

1998 Interscope
  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
  9. Bob's Party Time Lounge
  • Les Claypool
  • Larry LaLonde
  • Brian Mantia

Anti Pop 
1999 Interscope
  1. Intro
  2. Electric Uncle Sam
  3. Natural Jope
  4. Laquerhead
  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
  • Les Claypool
  • Larry LaLonde
  • Brian Mantia

(EP) Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People 
2003 Interscope
  1. The Carpenter and the Dainty Bride
  2. Pilcher's Squad
  3. Mary the Ice Cube
  4. The Last Superpower AKA Rapscallion
  5. My Friend Fats
  • Les Claypool
  • Larry LaLonde
  • Tim Alexander

(EP) July 2010 Rehearsal 
  1. Pudding Time
  2. American Life
  3. Duchess And The Proverbial Mind Spread
  4. Harold Of The Rocks
  • Les Claypool
  • Larry LaLonde
  • Jay Lane

Green Naugahyde 
2011 ATO
  1. Prelude to a Crawl
  2. Hennepin Crawler
  3. Salmon Man (Fisherman's Chronicles, Part IV)
  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
  12. Extinction Burst
  13. Salmon Men
  • Les Claypool
  • Larry LaLonde
  • Jay Lane
2011 BNR Top Ten album

Reviews:   Metal Forces  Metal Storm 


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