Primus

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  • Primus is an American Rock band started in the mid-1980s by lead vocalist, bassist, and constant member, Les Claypool. Their music has been defined as several different genres such as funk, thrash-funk, alternative, and (self-described as) psychedelic polka. The band consists of Les Claypool (lead vocals, bass), Larry LaDonde (guitar), and Tim "Herb" Alexander (drums).

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  • Quotes (15)

    • Claypool: I'm seeing with my band an edgier sort of thing, Zappa meets King Crimson meets Floyd, and with bands like The Disco Biscuits, Lake Trout and even Galactic.

    • Claypool: I don't want my kids to be flipping on the TV and be watching Brittney Spears or the latest pop group they put on because Kellogg's Cornflakes had some contest that put together a band.

    • Claypool: Going down and doing the Oysterhead thing and seeing the crowds and the way they respond to what you're doing as opposed to what you're wearing or how you're acting was amazing.

    • Claypool: A major label should not be trying to pry into this market. So I'm doing it myself through Prawn Song. It's homegrown.

    • Claypool: Rage Against the Machine just broke up. The Chili Peppers are taking a hiatus. I just heard Newsted quit Metallica. It's going to be interesting what transpires out of all this.

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    Trivia (22)

    • Primus' original lineup consisted of: Les Claypool (bass, lead vocals), Todd Huth (guitar), and Jay Lane (drums).

    • In 1996, Primus was asked by the creators of South Park to compose the theme song for the show.

    • Despite popular belief and circled rumor, the song "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" was not written about Winona Ryder. Because of this rumor however, Ryder's then boyfriend, David Pirner of Soul Asylum took offense and renamed one of his songs, "Les Claypool's a Big F--king A--hole."

    • In 1994, Primus hit a lull and the original lineup recorded Riddles are Abound Tonight under the band name Sausage.

    • With the release of Tales from the Punchbowl, Primus was invited to play on both David Letterman and Conan O'Brien's shows.

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