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PRIMUS – TOMMY THE CAT

You’re invited to my PRIMUS pajama party. ?


Album: Sailing the Seas of Cheese

Released: May 14, 1991
Labels: Interscope

Album cover – Sailing the Seas of Cheese (1991)

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.

Primus


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 seventh 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.

Tim Alexander


Fun Fact

In an interview with drummer Tim Alexander, he says that the name changed from Primate because there was another band already called “The Primates”. To avoid legal retribution, Les pulled out a dictionary and found a close alternate. Primus means “the primary one”. It is also the name of a Russian stove (and a popular stove company in parts of the world), an insurance company, a camping equipment company, an international telecommunications company, a Belgian beer brewed in Haacht, and an Internet Service Provider. Primus means “top of the class” in Dutch and German, and “I feel great” in Swedish.

Les Claypool


Video Credits

Shot in my studio in Los Angeles
Released on Dec 17, 2011

Tommy The Cat