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    • At the very least, James Foley's murder at the hands of the IS calls for something more than a bloodless Obama yawnfest/press statement. 5 hours ago
    • By trying to become a state, the IS makes it easier--not harder--to annihilate them. 5 hours ago
    • "Mr President, ISIS would like to annex Kuwait" "Well, lets turn every mile of their roads into molten shards of asphalt." "I'm on it, sir." 6 hours ago
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Music Monday Slap Bass – “John The Fisherman” by Primus

Posted by KingShamus on January 14, 2013

Ladies and gentleman, as requested by the awesome Innominatus…I give you Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde and Tim Alexander.

This came out in 1990 on Primus’ debut album Frizzle Fry.  They had been demo’ing songs and performing live for years before their first record came out.  Unlike a lot of bands, their sound was relatively well-formed from the jump.

But that description short-changes just how inventive they are.  At the start of Primus’ recording career, there were some groups who did slap-bass in a rock context.  There were a few bands that liked to mix funk, metal and Caribbean drum sounds.  Nobody did it with the amount of gleeful random goofiness that Primus brought to their songs.

“DMV” is pretty much the definitive put-down of our state automotive agency overlords.  “My Name Is Mud” is even funnier when played at rain-soaked Woodstock ’94.  “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” is the funhouse mirror parody of 80’s hair-metal leering sexual innuendo.  “Lee Van Cleef” is a wacked-out twelve bar blues tribute to the great western movie character actor.  Why is a sweaty shirtless weirdo serving a leisure suit-clad  horn dog a batch of nachos in the “Jerry Was A Racecar Driver” video?  Who knows, but it works.

As trend-setting as Primus is, a lot of their musical progeny lost the humor as they nicked elements of their hero’s sound.  The Deftones are a cool band, but they’re about as funny as an episode of “Oz”.  Groups like Korn and Incubus ripped off Les Claypool’s bass lines even as they were making humorless turgid rap-rock.  Turns out the hardest thing to steal from Primus is the zaniness.

Also, on a more personal note, back in the early 2000’s I got one of those music organizer programs.  You could collate your music by artist, title of the song, record name, whatever.  You could also list your songs by genre.  So you’d see labels like “rock”, “metal”, “pop” and “polka”.  Primus was the only band that was also a genre.  I always thought that was pretty cool.

They’re so unique, they’ve carved out a genre they occupy all by themselves.

Enjoy.

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5 Responses to “Music Monday Slap Bass – “John The Fisherman” by Primus”

  1. 1990? Geez that makes me feel old!

    Well, gotta go now… I need to get my AARP membership in the mail and then I’m off to an early dinner at Skippers before Bingo Night!

  2. Starless said

    Yo, Adrian…

    Writing On The Wall

  3. First time I saw them on Headbangers Ball, I thought “…those guys aren’t quite right…”.
    But I learned to appreciate them.

    A talented bunch, but certainly what you might call an ‘Acquired Taste’…

    Ahhh, the ’80s: I seriously miss that decade.

  4. KingShamus said

    Inno: While we’re at it, I’ll get the condo next yours when we retire to Boca in five months.

    Starless: Nice. Not a huge Adrian Bellew fan, but that was pretty cool.

    JTR: Agreed. They aren’t the most accessible band. But their unlikely success back in the 90’s–they had two or three platinum albums–expanded what was considered pop music.

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