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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • "Salmon Men" from the end of Green Naugahyde
    • "Grandad's Little Ditty" from Sailing the Seas of Cheese.
    • "Lermaninoff" from Primus and the Chocolate Factory, an entire five-second track where Larry LaLonde does a guitar cover of the Mozart excerpt that serves as Wonka's musical lock.
  • Broken Base:
    • Over almost any post- Pork Soda album.
      • Tales from the Punchbowl, excellent prog or a failed experiment?
      • The Brown Album, great garage rock, or amateur lo-fi crap? "Shake Hands with Beef" is the one song exempt from this argument.
      • Primus and the Chocolate Factory , charming nostalgic trip or a self-indulgent Les Claypool project forced to be a Primus album?
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    • Who the best drummer is. Is it Herb for his technical ability and creativity, Brain for his groove and power, or Jay Lane for his funkiness and ability to serve as a medium between the other two?
  • Discredited Meme: Les tends to be pretty dismissive towards the "Primus Sucks" slogan, having heard it for so long.
  • Epic Riff: Most famously, "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" and "My Name is Mud." But also "Tommy the Cat", "Groundhog Day", "Hamburger Train", "Electric Uncle Sam" and "Lacquer Head." Most of them tend to be on the bass.
  • Memetic Mutation: The uncanny, stiff, and cartoonish movements from the cowboys in the video for "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" became popular shitposting memes on various social media sites. GIFs of the three awkwardly walking shoulder to shoulder in the field is especially common.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Les was particularly perplexed by those who embraced "Lacquer Head" as a stoner anthem.
  • Nausea Fuel: The disgusting shirtless man serving up disgustingly-shot nachos at the start of the video for "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver".
  • Nightmare Fuel: The majority of Pork Soda is filled with it.
    • A lot of Primus and the Chocolate Factory qualifies for this if you're familiar with the original songs, but fittingly, "Semi-Wondrous Boat Ride" is a particularly triumphant example, being a cover of the film's most infamously scary scene. Well, there's that and the fact that Wonka's psychotic scream is replaced with Les giving an Evil Laugh.
      • The fact that the album closes with Les tearfully singing "Pure Imagination" while Larry's guitar part imitates a passing emergency siren doesn't help.
    • Two words: "Mr. Krinkle".
    • There's the MV for "The Devil Went to Georgia" as well, particularly the bit where the demons rise up from the ground, then get violently dragged back down once their part is done.
  • Signature Song: A three-way tossup between "John the Fisherman", "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver", and "My Name Is Mud".
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • The video for "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver", courtesy of the weird cowboy costumes.
    • "Shake Hands with Beef" was filmed by having the band block their actions very slowly and speeding up the resulting footage, giving them recognizable yet weird-looking movements.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • The cowboy costumes in the music video for "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" may be a bit "uncanny" as stated above (though, this was clearly intentional) but there's no denying that they are incredibly well made and the faces move so fluidly that you'd swear you were watching a really good looking CGI video rather than live action.
    • The music video for "Mr Krinkle" was shot in one take. The fact that they were able to film that much stuff going on in the background behind Les Claypool is very impressive indeed.


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