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El Sobrante, California, United States (1984 – 2001, 2003 – present)

Primus is a band formed in California in the mid-1980s by two ex-members of band Blind Illusion, Les Claypool and Larry Lalonde. Les (vocals and bass guitar) has been the only constant member. They have had two guitar players (although Larry has held onto the role for the past 20 years) and many different drummers (although Tim Alexander, Bryan Mantia and Jay Lane were the only ones who recorded with the band) in the past.

Their music has proven difficult to define; while usually considered by critics to be or , Primus has been called everything from “” (as the band blends funk-style bass technique with thrash influenced guitar riffs and songs tempos), to “” to “the Freak Brothers set to music.” Les Claypool himself once described their music as “.” Thanks to the diversity of their sound they have been able to gain fans from nearly all rock subgenres. Primus is the only band to have their own ID3 genre tag in Winamp. They are characterized by their irreverent approach to music — they release their records on Claypool’s Prawn Song Records label, a parody of Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song, and their catchphrase was, for several years, “Primus Sucks!”. In 2003 the band dropped that catchphrase, as well as Tim Alexander’s nickname “Herb”.

Early Days (1984–1991)


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  • riverofstars

    Brown Album is my favorite. Fisticuffs / Golden Boy / Over the Falls / Shake Hands with Beef / The Duchess... / Restin' Bones / Kalamazoo -- All good or great.

    29 Jul 2:18am Reply
  • AnaalForsage

    Incredible show in Charlotte.

    21 Jul 4:03am Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    I would suck Primus.

    24 Jun 12:45am Reply
  • TheJarek

    Primus sucks

    16 Jun 6:06pm Reply
  • perezhivem

    slappa da bass [4]

    14 Jun 11:44pm Reply
  • feelingsreal

    Galchenyuk no one says that anymore, get with the program, m8.

    27 May 2:59pm Reply
  • Galchenyuk

    Primus sucks

    6 May 4:44am Reply
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    29 Apr 9:22pm Reply

    slappa da bass [3]

    27 Apr 3:49pm Reply
  • bobo9390

    v Hershey? I was there. Killer show.

    27 Apr 6:51am Reply
  • sleepingpill23

    Seeing these bastards tomorrow.

    23 Apr 11:34pm Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    V Yes, it's one of their best!

    18 Apr 8:49pm Reply
  • mecbirdhouse

    Brown Album is underrated.

    12 Apr 3:04pm Reply
  • perezhivem


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  • muteoff

    @BTsGraveland They never topped Frizzle Fry IMO. Seas of Cheese is a damn fine album in its own right, though. My second favorite of theirs.

    20 Mar 1:20am Reply
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  • AlexiAce

    Funk rules. =) Bass awesome!!!

    14 Mar 3:05pm Reply
  • kajuga

    I agree that Frizzle Fry is their best, but other albums especially before departure of Tim Alexander are top notch too. If you don't like seas of cheese (i strongly recommend give it second listen), you can try Tales from punchbowl and pork soda. I also like Antipop, which is heavier and has different sound and "atmosphere". Even Brown album, which was huge dissappointment for me at the first listen after years sounds very good and full of great moments.

    4 Mar 7:01pm Reply
  • BTsGraveland

    Frizzle Fry is so fucking good. I gave Seas of Cheese a listen, but didn't really like it. But Frizzle Fry... it's so amazing. Are any of their other records like Frizzle or was that a one-time thing?

    3 Feb 3:05pm Reply
  • piotresk8

    Slapping da bass. [2]

    3 Feb 6:06am Reply
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