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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…more

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  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • The album Tales from the Punchbowl refers to the LSD-spiked punch that was served at a Barrington Hall after-party.

    • Pork Soda was the first album to be recorded completely at Claypool's house.

    • Primus released Pork Soda in 1993 which came in at #7 on the Billboard Top 10.

    • Primus released their first studio album, Frizzle Fry, in 1990 which included the popular single, "John the Fisherman," featured on the hit video game, Guitar Hero II.

    • Primus released their first album, Suck on This, which was a live album taken from two Berkley concerts in 1989.

    • Not intending to be a thrash-metal band, Primus was thought as such amongst the thrash-metal scene in the Bay Area in their early years.

    • Primus came out of El Sobrante, CA under the name, Primate.

    • Primus released their records on Claypool's record label, Prawn Song Records, a mockery of Led Zepplin's, "Swan Song."

    • Primus is mentioned in rapper Eminem's hit song, "My Name Is."

    • Primus wrote the theme song to the popular TV show, South Park.

    • In 2006, Primus' song, "American Life," made an appearance on Tony Hawk's Project 8 video game.

    • Primus' "Jerry Was a Racecar Driver" was featured on the soundtrack to the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater video game in 1994.

    • In 1994, Primus performed at the Woodstock festival.

    • Primus headlined the Lollapalooza music festival of 1993.

    • Primus appeared in the film Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey as contestants at a Battle of the Bands concert.

    • Primus' major label debut album, Sailing the Seas of Cheese, was released in 1991.

    • Primus was ranked #98 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artist of Rock.

  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • Claypool: I think the world is very much embracing this whole concept of musicians going out and playing their instruments and playing music for music as opposed to music that has something to do with some form of image or imagery.

    • Claypool: You might have a favorite book or film, but you can only watch or read it so many times before you have to let it sit and then go back and realize it's your favorite still. At some point everything gets a little stale and you have to step away from it.

    • Claypool: San Francisco is an interesting place. It's always been such a nice culturally diverse environment, which it still is, but there's a lot of money there now and a lot of dot com's so it's a little different than it used to be.

    • Claypool: I pretty much built a band out of the most incredible guys I could possibly find. I didn't really want a six-piece band, but it just ended up being a six-piece band because these guys are all awesome.

    • Claypool: I don't know if it was the whole audience getting stoned out of their minds getting ready for the Floyd thing or what it was, but it was like playing to a painting.

    • Claypool: The scene itself in San Francisco is just bizarre and non-existent for young bands and places to play... it's just so scattered now.

    • Claypool: My favorite venues are the 2,000 seat theaters, like the Warfield. If there was a Warfield in every city, I would play it. That's all I would do. I love venues like that.

    • Claypool: For the past couple of years I've been pretty bored with music in general... just bored with it.

    • Claypool: (about their tour bus) We don't own this bus, we rent it. It's less of a headache because if you own it, you have to deal with the maintainence [laughs].

    • Claypool: Some songs have become popular and you play them and play them because people want to hear them and you get a little tired of them.

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