Primus (1986-present): a Funk Metal band from San Francisco, California, USA.


es Claypool (bass/vocals) and Todd Huth (guitar) got together in the early 1980s under the original name Primate. As something of a cult phenomenon, their first release was a live effort titled Suck On This (1989) recorded at a local club and released on their own 'Prawnsong' label. Joe Satriani protégé Larry LaLonde replaced Huth who had left to join another bay area Thrash act by the name of Blind Illusion, a band from which Claypool had once come.

Mixing a bizarre mix of Thrash, Avant-Rock and Aquatic funk with humor, and hardly being described as a breakneck riffarama act, Primus would release their debut studio effort in America in 1990 on 'Caroline' and titled it Frizzle Fry. The tracks featured heavy doses of Claypool's marine influenced lyrical subjects with tracks like John The Fisherman, a track that many considered excellent. Adding to the ambiance was the recent addition of Tim 'Herb' Alexander's drumming complimenting Claypool's bass work.

Supporting acts like 24-7 Spyz, Faith No More and Living Color, Primus fit in nicely with the widening world of funk metal and soon got themselves a major league contract with the 'Atlantic' subsidiary 'Interscope' for the follow-up release Sailing The Seas Of Cheese (1991), whose highlight was a reworked version of Tommy The Cat, a track also found on their debut and complete with the assistance of fellow weird purveyor Tom Watts. Pork Soda (1993), and the subsequent tour with Rush, managed to gain them a 56 UK and a full 7 in the US charts.

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Now at the height of their success, Claypool took a brief break to team up with Huth again, along with Jay Lane, to form Sausage and release Riddles Are Around Tonight in 1993. But in 1995 another Primus top 10 album (8 US actually) came in the form of Tales From The Punchbowl. The album proved to probably be their most known with humorous tracks like Wynona's Big Brown Beaver, a risqué little ditty that would most likely lead to influencing the name of the follow-up album, Brown Album (1997), an album that received a 21 US ranking. But prior to the new album's release a rare line-up change occurred with Brian Mantia replacing Alexander.

1998 would see the cracks in their fortress with the release of the largely disappointing Rhinoplasty covers album. There was a small redemption in their reputation for success, at least in America, with the 1999 release of Antipop. Now far less Metallic than their past they continued to push on, LaLonde also took up spots with death metal act Possessed in recent history, while Claypool is currently devoting time to his solo project the Frog Brigade.

The EP, Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People (2003) sawTim Alexander ex-Attention Deficit) rejoining. Now with the original group reunited, for the first time in almost a decade, the EP was packaged with a DVD containing all of their old videos along with the usual extra footage.

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Nation USA
City San Francisco, California
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Genre Funk Metal
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Active Years 1986-
E-Mail Unknown
Last Modified 2020-02-23
RRCA File Code UC000208
Diskery ID 661

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