Sailing on the Seas of Cheese and accompanying singles “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver” and “Tommy the Cat” allowed an alt rock–loving public to believe that this was a funk-rock band, in a shoehorned scene with the likes of the Chili Peppers, Fishbone and Faith No More. But there was so much more to Primus than that, despite the fact that Claypool is one of the best bass players in rock. There are shades of prog rock to Primus, thanks to the intricacies of the compositions and the technical wizardry. Absolutely conversely, zany punk-rock elements inspired by bands such as Pere Ubu can be heard. Primus have always confused people, and that’s why they’re great. Hear for yourself at a show that will surely be a party. Also Saturday, Dec. 30.
The glory of Les Claypool’s San Fran outfit Primus is that, since forming in 1984, they’ve been wonderfully difficult to nail down. 1991 breakout album