Tuesday, November 15, 2011
[ifc.com] For more than 20 years now, the almighty Primus have served as one of rock's quirkiest bands -- and frontman/bassist Les Claypool, one of music's most imaginative storytellers.
The latest single from the group -- rounded out by Larry "Ler" LaLonde on guitars and drummer Jay Lane -- "Tragedy's A'Comin'" also tells a story, as does its video... which features lobsters, astronauts, impromptu restaurant dancing, and Claypool in a lobster costume, rolling around on the beach. We'll be premiering the video for "Tragedy's A'Comin'" this Thursday at 8am ET right here on IFC.com, but today we're taking a look back at our favorite releases from the band's decades-long run.
Primus released their seventh studio set, "Green Naugahyde," back in September.
Most fans and music historians would agree that Primus -- who fall somewhere between prog rock and funk metal -- never truly "got their due." Perhaps not fully appreciated. They've never been traditional rockers, but have always been exceptional musicians.
In Primus' skillful songs, no one instrument ever takes center stage, despite Claypool's standing as one of the best to ever hoist a bass. All instruments are presented at equal volume on studio recordings, with Les' unconventional vocals -- if anything -- being downplayed.
For those not in the Primus loop, we present a quick eduction in the form of five incredible songs you need to hear by this band... that aren't "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" or "Jerry Was A Race Car Driver." Check them out HERE.
Posted by Dan Goldin at 9:16 PM