Primus (US rock band)

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Primus 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 drummer Jay Lane, though the latter two departed the band at the end of 1988. Featuring LaLonde and 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. They have released some of their records on Claypool's own label Prawn Song Records. Primus is characterized by its irreverent, quirky approach to music. Robert Christgau once remarked: "[Primus is] quite possibly the strangest top-10 band ever, and good for them."

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Frizzle Fry Primus 6
1991 Sailing the Seas of Cheese Primus 5 14
1993 Pork Soda Primus 4 9
1995 Tales From the Punchbowl Primus 4 6
1997 Brown Album Primus 2 5
1999 Antipop Primus 5
2011 Green Naugahyde Primus 4 5
2014 Primus & the Chocolate Factory With the Fungi Ensemble Primus 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 They Can’t All Be Zingers Primus 3

Album + Live

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


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Mrs. Blaileen Primus 2
1995 Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver Primus 4 2
2010 Me llamo Mud Primus 1
2014 Pure Imagination Primus with The Fungi Ensemble 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Miscellaneous Debris Primus 7
1992 Making Plans for Nigel: Cheesy EP 1 Primus 1
1992 Making Plans for Nigel: Cheesy EP 2 Primus 1
1998 Rhinoplasty Primus 4
2003 Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People Primus 2
2010 June 2010 Rehearsal Primus 1

Other + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Hallucino‐Genetics: Live 2004 Primus 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989-05-03: KZSU, Stanford, CA, USA Primus 1

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