Claypool's Primus released their last album, Antipop, in 1999.
Claypool's newest band, Les Claypool's Fancy Band, features Cake drummer Paulo Baldi.
In 1991, Claypool and fellow band mates of Primus made a cameo appearance in the movie Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey.
Claypool played in a cover band, The Tommy Crank Band, covering blues, funk, and mainstream rock songs.
In 1993, Claypool's Primus scored a Top Ten hit with "Pork Soda."
Claypool signed the rights to the song "John the Fisherman" over to the developers of the popular video game "Guitar Hero II". The song was only one of two to contain the actual performance instead of a cover.
In 2006, Claypool recorded the solo album "Of Whales and Woe" which included the song "Robot Chicken" which is used as the theme song for the popular Adult Swim TV show of the same name.
Claypool recorded the album "The Sane Asylum" with San Francisco thrash-metal band Blind Illusion in 1988. After the recording, he quit the band to re-form Primus.
In early 2000, Claypool's Primus went on hiatus and then was officially disbanded in October of the same year.
Claypool has a wife, Chaney Claypool; son, Cage Oliver Claypool; and daughter, Lena Tallulah Claypool.
Claypool auditioned to play bass for Metallica after the death of Metallica bassist, Cliff Burton, in 1986.
Les owns a Tune fretless 6 string bass. He used this primarily before he got his Carl Thompson "Rainbow bass"
Les owns an NSD electric upright bass
Les owns a Kay upright acoustic bass
Les owns a Zeta upright bass
Les owns a Rickenbacker 4003 bass
Les owns a Travis Bean bass
Les owns a Fender Jazz bass (seen in the Sausage video for Riddles Are Abound Tonight)
Les owns a maple wood Carl Thompson Piccolo bass
Primus have been confirmed that they are to headline the Hedgdeth Festival on July 28 and 29 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin
Les will be at The Catilyst on 06/29/06
Les will be back at the House Of Blues on 06/28/06
Les will be playing The Avalon in Hollywood, CA on 27/06/06
Les will be playing the House Of Blues in San Diego, CA on 25/06/06
06/25/06, Les will be playing the Marquee Theatre in Phoenix,AZ
06/21/06, The Fancy Band will be playing the Realto Theatre in Tucson, AZ
20/08/06, Les will be playing the Gypsy Tea Room & Ballroom in Dallas, TX
06/18/06, Les and his Fancy Band will be playing The Pageant in St Louis, MO
Les will be playing the Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL on 06/14/06
On 06/13/06, Les will be playing The Eagles Club in Milwaukee, WI
Les will be playing Quest in Minneapolis, MN on 06/11/06
06/10/06, Les will be apart of the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival in Lawrence, KA. The festival runs from 06/08/06-06/11/06.
On 06/09/06, Les will be playing the Boulder Theatre in Boulder, C0
Les will be playing Suede in Park City, UT on 06/07/06
On 06/05/06, Les will be playing the Commadore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC
On 06/03/06, Les will be playing The Showbox in Seattle, Washington
Les and his Fancy Band will be playing Portland's Roseland Theatre on 06/02/06
Les will be touring with Oysterhead. The tour starts 06/16/06 at Manchester, TN as part of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
Primus international tour to promote the new album will start in their home city of San Francisco
Les and his fancy band will be at the Bonnaroo Festival in 2006
Les will be kicking off his tour in San Francisco's Warfield Theatre
Les is releasing his debut novel entitled "South Of The Pumphouse" in June 2006
Les is to release a new album on May 30th 2006. It is to be released on Prawnsong Records. entitled Of Wales and Woe.
Primus started their 2005 tour in San Fransisco's Bay Hill Club
Primus headlined Lullapalooza 2005
The song Fisherman Chronicles Pt III: The Diamondback Sturgeon is a based on a true story from when Les' father caught a diamondback sturgeon.
The voice at the beginning of the song Hamburger train that says "You're the guy from the Hamburger Train mate!" is from one of Pee Wee Herman's films
Les featured on The Spent Poets album of the same name
Featured on Caca's album First Caca Show in 1992
Les featured on Caca's album Slim's San Francisco
Les featured on Caca's 1995 album Shut Up 'N' Play Ya Caca
Featured on the compilation album Guitars That Rule The World
Featured on the Big Bottom Pow Wow compilation album
Featured on The Charlie Hunter Trio album of the same name
Featured on Rob Wasserman's 1994 album Trios
Featured on Porch's self titled album
Featured on M.I.R.V.'s album Cosmodrome
Featured on Michael Manring's 1994 album Thonk
Featured on Laundry's album Blacktongue
Featured on Buckethead's 1994 album Giant Robot
Featured on The Wild Bouquet album Wild Bouquet
Les featured on the Charlie Hunter Trio album Bing Bing Bang
Collaborated with The Brides on the Demo album
Featured on the compilation album Flyin' Traps
Les collaborated with The Brides on the Dalmatian Car album
Featured on the Terbulance Chest compilation album
Featured on the album Caroline PROCD #1
Featured on the Kiss My Dead Bloated A** album
Featured Woodstock '94 compilation album
Featured on the Shrimp Cocktail: A Prawn Song Appetizer album
Featured on the Airheads movie soundtrack
Featured on the Up and Down Club Sessions album
Featured on the MOM: Music For Our Mother Ocean album
Featured on the Go Big album in 1996
Les featured on the Eyesore: A Stab At The Residents album
Featured on the ESPN X-treme soundtrack in 1996
Featured on the Bored Generation album
Featured on the Family Values compilation album
When playing live, Les uses Mesa Boogie amps and pre-amps
Les' Rainbow bass has strips of walnut, curly maple, padauk, purple heart, ebony and cocobolo woods.
The voice that says "Dog will hunt!" during Jerry Was A Racecar Driver is from Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The voice that says "Where you goin' city boy?" during My Name Is Mud is from the movie Deliverance
Les used his 4 string Carl Thompson Piccolo bass with the Kahler tremolo system for the majority of the recording of the Animals EP
The Primus song Welcome To This World was used in the film Brainscan in 1994
Les covered Johnny Cash's song The Devil Went Down To Georgia in 1997. The video can be seen on the Primus DVD Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People
Featured in Bill And Ted's Bogus Journey. He also provided the song Tommy The Cat for the soundtrack
Featured on the Spinal Tap: The Reunion
Featured on the TV show Surprise as himself
Les featured on Space Ghost Coast To Coast as himself
Starred in We Sold Our Souls For Rock N Roll in 2001 as himself
Starred in Lapdance 01 as himself
Starred in Rising Low in 2002
Starred in Kung Fu Rascalls as the Sheriff of Ching Wa County
Starred in the 1997 movie Pink As The Day She Was Born, where he played the role of Stevie
Les appeared on The Hot Show in 2002 as part of Mc Amish's back up band
Les produced Primus' VHS video Videoplasty
On the song My Friend Fats, Les added delay with a Line 6 DL4 Modeler
Les never uses a plecktrum to play his basses
Les: Ladies and gentlemen. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce to you the man, the myth, the psudo Mexican, Brain!
Les uses 3 Marshall amp stacks to deliver his mind boggling bass playing
Les uses 2 bass pre-amps
Les: Hey...! That's Herb. Herb the Jinsing drummer. 3...4!
Since disbanding Primus, it is common to see Les in a suit, or a top hat and tails. As seen on the DVD 5 Gallons Of Diesel.
Another one of Les' trademarks is his many pairs of glasses. It's very rare to see him not wearing a pair.
Les studied jazz bass at school
Les' record label Prawnsong Records is a parody of Led Zeppelin's Swan Song Record label
The EP Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People went gold in 2004
The album Tales From The Punchbowl went gold in 1995
The album Pork Soda went platinum in 1997
The album Sailing The Seas Of Cheese went platinum in 2001
The album Frizzle Fry went gold when it was released
Les has a tattoo on his head of Skeeter and the caption "Skeeters suck too".
He also has one below that of the Cat In The Hat eating green eggs and ham
Les uses 2 A strings on his 4 string basses
Les is actually deaf in one ear
Les is actually deaf in one ear
The only single released from Antipop was Laquer Head (and this was banned)
Shake Hands With Beef and Over The Falls were the only singles released from The Brown Album
Wynona's Big Brown Beaver, Mrs Baileen and Southbound Pachyderm were the singles released off Tales From The Punchbowl
There were 3 singles released on Pork Soda and they were My Name Is Mud, Mr Krinkle and DMV
There was only one single released from Miscellaneous Debris and that was the cover of XTC's Making Plans For Nigel
There were 3 singles released from the Sailing The Seas Of Cheese album. These were Jerry Was A Racecar Driver, Tommy The Cat and Those Damn Blue-Collar Tweekers
Primus released 2 singles off of the album Frizzle Fry. These were John The Fisherman and Too Many Puppies
Les is famous for his wacky sense of humour and eccentric personality.
Les's first son is named Cage Oliver Claypool
Les's wife is named Chaney
The Sailing The Seas Of Cheese album went gold when it was released
The "Wynona" video got voted the #1 most voted video on MTV UK in 2003.
Carl Thompson has made a limited number of replica "Rainbow" basses like Les' original one.
Les taught himself to play the bass
Les was 11 years old when he got his first bass. A Carl Thompson piccolo bass.
Les: Howdy Gus!
Les: I use this microphone in memory of a good friend of mine that passed away
Les: Hey! We're waiting for this idiot! Everybody say "Larry, you're an idiot!"
Les directed the Les Claypool Frog Brigade video for The Buzzards Of Green Hill
Primus were originally called Primate
Les' first band after Primus, Sausage was made up of the original members of Primus
Les: D'ya like it?
Even though Les plays Carl Thompson basses the majority of the time, he has been known to use Fender Jazz basses from time to time. More often than not though, he uses his Carl Thompson basses
Les: I think you should leave the theatre right now and visit your local cinema
The song Southbound Pachyderm is about the poaching of elephants in Africa.
Les is very keen on fishing and does it all the time when he has free time
Les is known for using a plethora of effects pedals. This is most evident on the song Mr Oysterhead, which he uses them for the entire song.
Les' other trademark is his left foot stomp he does. Famously seen in the video for My Name Is Mud.
The song Barrington Hall on the Purple Onion album is actually a real place in America.
The very first bass Les purchased was a Carl Thompson Piccolo bass
Les had a special scroll put on his Carl Thompson Piccolo bass
Les: I can't see us not playing together in the future
Les said in an interview that he finds it hard to control the tremolo arm on his bass guitars
Featured on the upcoming Adrian Belew album Side Three
Featured on the Gabby La La album Be Careful What You Wish For...
Guest starred on the Adrian Belew album Side One
Featured on the Attention Dimension album by Jack Irons
Featured on the Tom Waits album Real Gone in 2004.
Les guest starred on the Gov't Mule album The Deep End Vol 2
Featured on the Crank It Up album. He covered Commander Cody's Hot Rod Lincoln
Les guest starred on the Tom Waits album Mule Variations
Les featured on Buckethead's album Monsters & Robots.
Les guest starred on Metallica's Garage Inc album.
Featured on Jerry Cantrell's Boggy Depot album
Featured on the 1996 Alex Lifeson album Victor.
Les guest starred on the Tom Waits album Bone Machine in 1992
Les starred on the Blind Illusion album The Sane Asylum in 1988
He also supported Michael Moore's controversial documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.
Les has shown his liberal views many times. Most recently, his dissatisfaction with President George W Bush.
After the upcoming Primus album in 2006, there is to be an international tour. This will be the biggest tour the band have ever done.
Les recorded The Brown Album entirely in analogue. This was done to add to the album's effect of being set in the 1800's.
Primus are the only band to have their own ID3v1 genre tag
The song Pudding Time is about materialism and consumerism in the face of the depletion of the natural environment.
The song John The Fisherman is about a true story of a fisherman who's boat sunk and his final message of "Oh My God, we're going down!" was broadcast on the news at the time.
The song Too Many Puppies is about the conflict in the Middle East. Puppy is a symbol for soldier.
Primus' highest rating album was Pork Soda. To this day, they've never topped it.
Les' band Colonel Claypool's Bucket Of Bernie Brains is ofter shortened to C2B3
The album Antipop was Les' way of showing his dislike of the current styles of music
Les: It is now officially a big rock show!
The very first band Les was in was called Blind Illusion
There has only ever been 2 occasions when Les has been without a beard. The first time was during the recording of the Frizzle Fry album and the second time is on the video for Tommy The Cat, where he actually has dreadlocks.
Les: "Hey hey hey!"
Les doesn't just play the electric bass guitar. He also plays bass banjo, double bass and electric double bass.
Les recently said that he would like to perform with Willy Nelson at some point.
The subject matter of the Primus song "Bob's Apartment" is actually a true story based on a friend of Les' who did hang himself in his apartment.
Les is currently mixing the music for Primus' 8th studio album.
Les wrote the music for the show Robot Chicken
The Primus song Hats Off, from The Brown Album is actually a retrospective of Les' life and in the song, he thanks all the people who've inspired him.
The Primus video for Laquer Head was banned from TV when it was released, due to the lyrical content and subject matter of substance abuse. The only way to see it is if you buy the Primus DVD "Animals Should Not Try And Act Like People".
Les' most strange instrument is his "Whamola", which is basically a wooden stick with a pitch shifter on the end and a pickup attached and a single string. He plays it by hitting the string with a drumstick to make weird noises.
Les is married with a son and a daughter.
Les has added Gabby La La to his band, Les Claypool & His Fancy Band.
Les recently made his first attempt at film called Electric Apricot, a spoof based on the jam band scene in the same style as This Is Spinal Tap.
Recently, Les signed Gabby La-La to his Prawnsong label.
Les has his own record label, Prawnsong Records, which he used to release his solo material after Primus.
Some have expressed displeasure at the stylistic changes to Primus, such as the album Antipop.
Les' trademark image is his many hats. It's very rare that you see him without one.
Les' home is called Rancho Relaxo. This is where he writes and records most of his work.
Les lives in Sebastopol, California
Les Claypool has a new DVD out now entitled "5 Gallons Of Diesel" that has videos and live performances from all his bands after Primus.
Les recently commited himself for 2 weeks to try and de-quirkify his music.
Les is one of the few bass players to have a tremolo arm on a bass guitar.
Les always calls people Gus for some strange reason.
Appeared on Flyfishing The World 2004 & 2005, speaking candidly about his career and his family.
Les uses mainly Carl Thompson cusom made bass guitars. Most famous of all, is his "Rainbow Bass" made from 6 different woods and has a custom tremolo system built into it by Les.
The final band Les was in after Primus reunited was Colonel Claypool's Bucket Of Bernie Brains, featuring ex Primus drummer Brian "Brain" Mantia, Bernie Worrell, ex Sly and The Family stone organist and buckethead.
Les's second band after Primus was Les Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade.
Sausage was his first band after Primus was on indefinate hiatus.
Primus to release new album in 2006!
Les: In the early days all I hoped was to make a living out of what I did best. But, since there's no real market for mastur****** I had to fall back on my bass playing abilities.
Les: Welcome to this world of fools, of pink champagne and swimming pools, where all you have to lose is your virginity. Perhaps you'll have some fun tonight, just stick around and take a bite, of life. We don't need feebleness in this proximity.
Les: I think it has just fallen into the jam band realm. I think the original thought of jam bands, at least from my perspective-was like Phish, Leftover Salmon and Widespread Panic... bands like that.
Les: (speaking of his band, Frog Brigade) I liked the name Frog Brigade because it lent itself to a lot of cool imagery with the whole frog thing.
Les: 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 Kellog's Cornflakes had some contest that put together a band.
Les: 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.
Les: For the past couple of years I've been pretty bored with music in general... just bored with it.
Les: A major label should not be trying to pry into this market. So I'm doing it myself through Prawn Song. It's homegrown.
Les: I've always had a knack for looking at Point A and Point Z and knowing how to get there, knowing the most efficient route.
Les: For me, with the jam scene, I really admire the notion of experimentation and freedom and how it's embraced no matter what it is.
Les: I have known Kirk (Hammet) forever, I have known him since High School...
Les: I have been very fortunate because I have got to play with and meet a lot of my heroes.
Les: It is always good to make everybody happy, happiness is a good thing.
Les: (about his solo album, The Les Claypool Frog Brigade Presents Purple Onion) This is my first real attempt at a solo record.
Les: Character study is my existence.
Les: I would just like to start this conversation by saying I hate Star Wars.
Les: (about his film Electric Apricot) I could make a broad statement and say that everything I do is based on experience with individuals and whatnot, but this was definitely an introspective piece.
Les: I am always writing in some form or another. There are a couple of projects that I would like to see in print over the next few years. It's just a matter of finding time to complete them. When all is said and done, I am just a bass player.
Les: Writing in general is a solitary process. There can be little to no distraction. I tend to be a late night writer but get a lot of work done on long flights.
Les: Being from a blue collar family, a long line of auto mechanics, fishing was a regular pastime.
Les: Well, the extent of my film studies was getting up every Saturday morning and after my glut of Saturday morning cartooning, watching Creature Features and Marx Brothers films, and then eventually graduating to Frank Capra and Elia Kazan and folks like that.
Les: Christopher Guest is a champ. I'm not going to even slightly deny that he's a champ and that he's influenced a lot of people. For me, the approach that we took was more of a Ricky Gervais approach: very, very dry, a lot of awkward moments and whatnot.
Les: My first film actually as a director was when I was 12 years old. I made The Dog That Ate Detroit on 8 mm film, and it starred my St. Bernard, Barney.
Les: All I know is, when you get inspired, you try to document it. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. That's the basis for everything I do.
Les: You could say I'm the guy who doesn't fit in anywhere, but a little bit everywhere.
Les: Let's put it this way... I think, with Primus and without, I've played every music festival in the last ten years, except Lilith Fair.
Les: Howdy Gus!