Blogaroo: Day 4: Primus

5 Jun

Primus, a rock band that got their start in 1984, is composed of frontman and bassist Les Claypool,  guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde and drummer Jay Lane. While the band has had an international presence for what will soon be 3o years, the group may be best known for creating the original theme for South Park in 1997. Claypool, who I’ve seen about four times at various festivals, also wrote Seinfeld’s theme in 1990.

PRIMUS SUCKS, and I cannot wait to finally see them, in full form, this summer. Addam and I discovered Claypool at our first Roo in 2008 and immediately fell in love. We have seen him at festivals every summer since and even got to check him when out when he was playing at The Riviera in Chicago — a show that I wish I remembered a little better.

Still, we’ve never seen him as part of Primus, which is where he really got his start. Claypool is an energetic and interesting performer — often wearing masks or other costumes and always inventing his own instruments. And, he’s a pretty funny guy.

Below is a video of Primus playing Bonnaroo in 2004.


If you haven’t seen Les live, take my word for it that a video cannot do him justice. I can’t wait to watch him get back to his roots with the band he founded. Four more days! Four, hopefully, short days.


  • Suck on This (1989)
  • Frizzle Fry (1990)
  • Sailing the Seas of Cheese (1991)
  • Miscellaneous Debris EP (1992)
  • Pork Soda (1993)
  • Tales From the Punchbowl (1995)
  • Brown Album (1997)
  • Rhinoplasty EP (1998)
  • Antipop (1999)
  • Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People EP (2003)
  • They Can’t All be Zingers (2006)
  • June 2010 Rehearsal EP (2010)
  • Green Naugahyde (2011)

Sounds Like:

Songs to Listen For:

  1. My Name is Mud
  2. Tommy the Cat
  3. Too Many Puppies
  4. Jerry Was a Race Car Driver
  5. Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver
  6. To Defy the Laws of Tradition
  7. Puddin’ Taine
  8. Groundhog’s Day
  9. Golden Boy
  10. Nature Boy

Times at Roo: 1

Times I’ve Seen Them: 0


“Jerry was a race car driver/And he drove so goddamned fast./He never did win no checkered flag/But he never did come in last. /Jerry was a race car driver./He’d say, ‘El solo number one’/With a bocephus sticker. /On his 442, he’d light ’em up /Just for fun.” — Primus, Jerry Was a Race Car Driver (1991).


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