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* InNameOnly: Despite appearing on ''Frizzle Fry'', "You Can't Kill Michael Malloy" is a keyboard instrumental not written or performed by Primus - it's an edited version of a song of the same name by The Spent Poets. Spent Poets member Adam Gates did the artwork for the album and is credited for the song.


* HiddenDepths: In the sea of supposedly wacky, off-kilter novelty songs you'll find topics like war ("Too Many Puppies"), suicide ("Bob"), student abuse / mental illness ("Mrs. Blaileen"), substance abuse ("Laquer Head", "Jilly's on Smack"), and immigrants trying to make it in America only to end up destitute ("American Life").

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* HiddenDepths: In the sea of supposedly wacky, off-kilter novelty songs you'll find topics like war ("Too Many Puppies"), suicide ("Bob"), student abuse / mental illness ("Mrs. Blaileen"), the environment ("Southbound Pachyderm"), murder ("My Name Is Mud"), substance abuse ("Laquer Head", "Jilly's on Smack"), and immigrants trying to make it in America only to end up destitute ("American Life").


* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: They're the only band with their own ID3 tag in Winamp. The band themselves famously refer to their sound as "[=psychedelic polka=]".

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* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: They're the only band with their own ID3 tag in Winamp. The band themselves famously refer to their sound as "[=psychedelic polka=]". This is what you get when you take a bassist who was into jazz fusion, progressive rock, and funk who also loved Music/TheResidents, a guitarist who played in thrash metal bands but was also obsessed with Frank Zappa, and a jazz-funk drummer (Jay Lane) who was later replaced by another jazz drummer who was also heavily into African folk (Tim Alexander).


* CorruptHick: "My Name is Mud", provides the Page Quote.


* LeadBassist: Les Claypool arguably hits all four types.

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* LeadBassist: Les Claypool arguably hits all four types.types: A) He is ''very'' good, B) he is the lead singer, C) He's been in Primus since Day One and is the most well-known member, and D) The bass, not the guitar, is central to the sound of Primus.


Les Claypool holds the distinction of being the only bassist to ever audition for Music/{{Metallica}} and be turned down because he was too good, according to James Hetfield. His FunkMetal style also didn't match the band, as he jokingly asked the others after his audition to "jam on some [[Music/TheIsleyBrothers Isley Brothers]] tunes".

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Les Claypool holds the distinction of being the only bassist to ever audition for Music/{{Metallica}} and be turned down because he was too good, according to James Hetfield. [[note]]For the record, Claypool himself [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS6gwp6SeXM thinks]] the "too good" explanation is BS and the real reason was that Hetfield thought Claypool was too weird and said he was "too good" just to be nice.[[/note]] His FunkMetal style also didn't match the band, as he jokingly asked the others after his audition to "jam on some [[Music/TheIsleyBrothers Isley Brothers]] tunes".


The dominant songwriter and [[FaceOfTheBand Most Valuable Player]] is Les Claypool, he of the incredible bass talent and silly voice. For this reason, Primus subvert the general alignment of heavy metal and rock bands, having the bass as the lead instrument and the guitar on the backseat. Larry himself generally complements Les' riffs with distorted noise and going on atonal tangents, but can bash out a heavy metal riff in lockstep if it's required. Alexander and Mantia generally both play incredibly complicated drum patterns that anchor the songs, acting as the Mitch Mitchell or [[Music/TheWho Keith Moon]] of the band.

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The dominant songwriter and [[FaceOfTheBand Most Valuable Player]] is Les Claypool, he of the incredible bass talent and silly voice. For this reason, Primus subvert the general alignment of heavy metal and rock bands, having the bass as the lead instrument and the guitar on the backseat. Larry himself generally complements Les' riffs with distorted noise and going on atonal tangents, but can bash out a heavy metal riff in lockstep if it's required. Alexander and Mantia generally both play incredibly complicated drum patterns that anchor the songs, acting as the [[Music/JimiHendrix Mitch Mitchell Mitchell]] or [[Music/TheWho Keith Moon]] of the band.


* {{Plagiarism}}: The subject of "Year of the Parrot", specifically that of other musicians [[FollowTheLeader swiping their sound from other musicians]]; one of the verses mentions making lots of money by taking a [[Music/LedZeppelin Zeppelin]] riff and "altering it a bit".


Primus were formed in 1984 by bassist and vocalist Les Claypool, who has always remained the driving force behind the band. The first incarnation of the band included Todd Huth on guitar and Jay Lane on drums, and recorded absolutely bugger all. The second incarnation was more successful, containing guitarist Larry "Ler" [=LaLonde=] and drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander. Alexander left in 1996, dissatisfied with the direction the band was taking, and was replaced with Bryan "Brain" Mantia. Primus went on hiatus in 2000, but have reunited in 2003 with the classic Claypool/[=LaLonde=]/Alexander lineup. In 2010, Alexander left the band once more and was replaced by the band's original drummer, Jay Lane, but came back in 2013 for an all new album and tour where the band covered the soundtrack from ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory''.

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Primus were formed in 1984 by bassist and vocalist Les Claypool, who has always remained the driving force behind the band. The first incarnation of the band included Todd Huth on guitar and Jay Lane on drums, and recorded absolutely bugger all. [[note]] this line-up would eventually record one album, billed as the band Sausage, in 1994. [[/note]] The second incarnation was more successful, containing guitarist Larry "Ler" [=LaLonde=] and drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander. Alexander left in 1996, dissatisfied with the direction the band was taking, and was replaced with Bryan "Brain" Mantia. Primus Mantia, who played on ''The Brown Album'' and ''Antipop''.

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went on hiatus in 2000, but have then reunited in 2003 with the classic Claypool/[=LaLonde=]/Alexander lineup. In lineup, recording a few new songs for the EP ''Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People''. However, in 2010, Alexander left the band once more again and was replaced by the band's original drummer, Jay Lane, but Lane. Alexander came back in 2013 though for an all new album and tour where album, ''Primus & the band covered Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble'' a re-imaging of the soundtrack from ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory''.
of the film ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory''. This line-up continues with 2017's album ''The Deaturating Seven'', inspired by the children's book ''The Rainbow Goblins'', written by Italian author Ul de Rico.



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* 2017 - ''The Desaturating Seven''

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** "Hail Santa", the unsettling instrumental epilogue that closes ''Pork Soda'' after a reprise of the opening track.


Primus landed in a bizarre, [[UnknownRival one-sided]] feud with Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum in 1995, due to their absurdist country-funk-metal single "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver". Les went to great lengths to point out that the song is not, emphasis '''''not''''', about Creator/WinonaRyder - the spelling and pronunciation are different, not to mention the fact that the lyrics make no sense. Ryder didn't mind, but her boyfriend Pirner did, and even renamed one of his songs "Les Claypool's a Big Fucking Asshole" in concert. The correct title should have been "Dave Pirner's a Big Fucking Asshole Who Doesn't Know What the Hell He's Talking About".

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Primus landed in a bizarre, [[UnknownRival one-sided]] feud with Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum in 1995, due to their absurdist country-funk-metal single "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver". Les went to great lengths to point out that the song is not, emphasis '''''not''''', about Creator/WinonaRyder - the spelling and pronunciation are different, not to mention the fact that the lyrics make no sense. Ryder didn't mind, but her boyfriend Pirner did, and even renamed one of his songs "Les Claypool's a Big Fucking Asshole" in concert. The correct title should have been "Dave Pirner's a Big Fucking Asshole Who Pirner Doesn't Know What the Hell He's Talking About".

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**Referenced in "Mr. Krinkle":
-->"Hey ho Mr. Krinkle have you heard the brand new sound\\
It's a cross between Jimi Hendrix, Bocephus, Cher and James Brown\\
It's called "Heavy Hometown" New Wave, cold-filtered, low-calorie dry"

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* AteHisGun: The fate of the man in "Coattails of a Dead Man."


The result is a weird and compelling fusion of HeavyMetal, FunkRock, ProgressiveRock and RuleOfFunny.

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The result is a weird and weird, compelling fusion of HeavyMetal, FunkRock, ProgressiveRock and RuleOfFunny.

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