28 August 2008


Primus are a funk-rock band from California. They had a string of alternative hits in the nineties with songs like “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver”, “My Name Is Mud” and “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver”. The latter of which they played on David Letterman’s show, while dressed as penguins (as pictured).

Fronted by the distinctive bass playing of Les Claypool, they’ve toured with acts as wide ranging as U2 and Public Enemy.

Along the way they released a bunch of albums and eps, but not a whole lot of non-album tracks. Here’s pretty much all I’ve found:

(all files expired)
Primus - “Poetry and Prose” From The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience.
Primus - “Bastardizing Jellikit” A live version of “Jellikit” was released on their first album, Suck On This. This is a studio remake, from the Airheads soundtrack.
Tom Waits and Primus - “On The Road” (Jack Kerouac) Primus and Waits have often collaborated, most notably when Tom provided the voice of Tommy the Cat on Sailing the Seas of Cheese.
Primus with Ozzy Osbourne - “N.I.B.” (Black Sabbath cover) For those who aren’t Sabbath fans, the initials stand for “Nativity In Black”, which is also the name of the tribute album this comes from.
Primus - “Master of Puppets” (live Metallica cover) If you saw the documentary Some Kind of Monster, you already know Les went to high school with some of the guys from Metallica. Here he plays a short instrumental version of one of their tunes.
Tom Waits with Primus - “Big In Japan” Another collaboration with Waits. From his album Mule Variations.
Primus - “South Park Theme” The creators of South Park were fans of the band, and when they found out Les was a fan of the original South Park short, they asked him to write the theme song to the series.
Primus - “Mephisto and Kevin” From the South Park album Chef Aid.

Primus discography:

Suck On This, 1989 (buy) (live)
Frizzle Fry, 1990 (buy)
Sailing the Seas of Cheese, 1991 (buy)
Miscellaneous Debris, 1992 (buy) (covers ep)
Pork Soda, 1993 (buy)
Tales from the Punchbowl, 1995 (buy)
Brown Album, 1997 (buy)
Rhinoplasty, 1998 (buy) (covers ep)
Antipop, 1999 (buy)
Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People, 2003 (buy) (dvd and ep)

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