Primus (US rock band)

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Primus /ˈpraɪməs/ is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry "Ler" LaLonde and drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander. Primus originally formed in 1984 with Claypool and guitarist Todd Huth, later joined by Jay Lane, though the latter two departed the band at the end of 1988. Featuring LaLonde and drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander, Primus recorded their debut Suck on This in 1989, followed by four studio albums: Frizzle Fry, Sailing the Seas of Cheese, Pork Soda, and Tales from the Punchbowl. Alexander left the band in 1996, replaced by Bryan "Brain" Mantia, and Primus went on to record the original theme song for the TV show South Park and two more albums, Brown Album and Antipop, before declaring a hiatus in 2000.

In 2003, Claypool and LaLonde reunited with Alexander and released a DVD/EP, Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People, before touring sporadically through 2009. In 2010, Lane rejoined Primus, replacing Alexander, and the band released their eighth album, Green Naugahyde, in 2011. In 2013, Lane left the band to focus on other projects, and Tim Alexander rejoined once again.

Primus is characterized by its irreverent, quirky approach to music. They have released some of their records on Claypool's own label Prawn Song Records.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1990 Frizzle Fry 6
1991 Sailing the Seas of Cheese 5 14
1993 Pork Soda 4 8
1995 Tales From the Punchbowl 4 6
1997 Brown Album 2 5
1999 Antipop 5
2011 Green Naugahyde 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
2006 They Can’t All Be Zingers Compilation 3

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1989 Suck on This Live 3
2003 2003-11-12: Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH, USA Live 1
2004 2004-06-19, Hummingbird Centre, Toronto, ONT, CA Live 1
2004 Hallucino-Genetics Tour: 2004-06-26, Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL Live 1
1991-02-08: Student Union Ballroom, San José State University, San José, CA, USA Live 1
1992-03-07: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, NC, USA Live 1
1993-06-26: Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Denver, CO, USA Live 1
2003-10-17: The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA, USA Live 1
2003-10-21: The Fillmore, Denver, CO, USA Live 1
2003-10-24: Tour de Fromage @ Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC Live 3
Europe 1990/93 Live 1
Hallucino-Genetics Tour: 2004-06-20, CEPSUM, Montreal, Canada Live 1


Year Title Rating Releases
1995 Mrs. Blaileen 2
1995 Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver 4 2
2010 Me llamo Mud 1


Year Title Rating Releases
1992 Miscellaneous Debris 5
1992 Making Plans for Nigel - Cheesy EP 1 1
1992 Making Plans for Nigel - Cheesy EP 2 1
1998 Rhinoplasty 3
2003 Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People 2
2010 June 2010 Rehearsal 1

Other + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
2004 Hallucino-Genetics: Live 2004 Live 1


Year Title Rating Releases
1989-05-03: KZSU, Stanford, CA, USA Live 1

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