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Primus: They Can't All Be Zingers

I never claimed to be someone who "got" or even understood what Primus was all about, but despite this the level of technical prowess and musical drive was all too apparent to me even as a quasi-fan. This strange little combo of musicians formed by Les Claypool were a band that was given a chance by Interscope Records' Tom Whalley and his creative vision allowed the band to create their style as they were pretty much let loose to do as they would on an unsuspecting music buying public. It was a group that was up against the likes of Guns 'N Roses and all the Seattle stuff that was a brewing at the time and with releases like Sailing The Seas Of Cheese and Pork Soda you could tell that Claypool was doing it with tongue firmly in cheek. Lyrically, they were quite absurd but musically it was sheer brilliance as Claypool laid down riffs on the bass that the most seasoned of Progressive and Experimental players would only hope to do night after night. They Can't All Be Zingers is a perfect way to enjoy some of their best material if you were an existing fan and it is also a great manner to find yourself educated on this very unique brand of music if you are among the unaware. The CD features music from across all the bands releases and features the talented technical wizardry of Claypool, Larry LaLonde (guitar) and Tim Alexander (drums). Some additional drum parts of performed by Brian "Brain" Mantia as well and while no lyrics are included there are some great background notes on the group by Brian Fox. If you enjoy this the band has also released a DVD and has a collection of their videos on the release "Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People" which is worth looking into since the bands films are so out there. "To Defy The Laws Of Tradition"? That is indeed an understatement and I look forward to their continuing to do so.

Track Listing
  1. To Defy The Laws Of Tradition
  2. John The Fisherman
  3. Too Many Puppies
  4. Jerry Was A Race Car Driver
  5. Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers
  6. Tommy The Cat
  7. My Name Is Mud
  8. Mr. Krinkle
  9. DMV
  10. Over The Electric Grapevine
  11. Wynona's Big Brown Beaver
  12. Southbound Pachyderm
  13. Over The Falls
  14. Shake Hands With Beef
  15. Coattails Of A Dead Man
  16. Mary The Ice Cube

Added: November 6th 2006
Reviewer: Ken Pierce
Related Link: Primus Website
Hits: 2473
Language: english

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