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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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  • Coolbutlame

    Primus and the Chocolate Factory is really disappointing on the second half. They could have explored the concept so much more. The one minute tracks just seem like filler and less like homages.

    21 Nov 2:51am Reply
  • zeyyus

    Brown Album is really solid.

    16 Nov 3:33pm Reply
  • sopta

    primus sucks

    13 Nov 6:59pm Reply
  • ColdConcourse

    Primus fucking sucks

    4 Nov 9:49pm Reply
  • Split_thunder

    главное что-бы опять не развалились

    3 Nov 7:43pm Reply
  • GackTMN

    New album sucks just like the band; honestly I like it, but it's definitely more Claypool than Primus

    30 Oct 1:04am Reply
  • Panzerfaust

    I know lots of people might not agree, but I like the new album. love the Charlie & The Chocolate Factory concept. freaky and weird as always - that's Primus ♥

    25 Oct 1:23pm Reply
  • giullianaareas

    A melhor <3

    25 Oct 1:32am Reply
  • khaltour

    primus sucks

    21 Oct 3:56pm Reply
  • MikeDoyle

    There is moments in the new album - but really it's pretty shitty. Just a mess and one percussion pattern through the entire disc. It's too bad, so much potential and the tones are great in the instruments.

    21 Oct 12:14am Reply
  • AlexanderDreams

    Primus sucks. But i love this sucks.

    19 Oct 11:18pm Reply
  • Lord_Kur

    yeah I was thinking Residents within seconds. I like it

    19 Oct 12:50pm Reply
  • xxEUROBOYxx

    The new album is amazing. It sounds almost like The Residents album. Didn't expect it to be so creepy.

    18 Oct 6:33pm Reply
  • HerrWolfenstein

    genial das neue stück !

    15 Oct 11:45am Reply
  • suntzutang

    yeeee leaked album...its fuckin weird but what can you expect...primus sucks

    15 Oct 11:30am Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    New album is tasty!

    14 Oct 4:14pm Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    Suck my Primus.

    10 Oct 7:40pm Reply
  • wheresyourblues

    primus sucks

    8 Oct 4:30pm Reply
  • duut

    way to many puppies

    5 Oct 10:44pm Reply
  • ernesto_fr

    This sucks.

    2 Oct 11:17pm Reply
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