Primus has thrilled millions with their genre-bending funk-jazz-metal-rock. The band evolved from singer-bassist Les Claypool's Primate, as he settled on fellow members Larry LaLonde on guitar and Tim Alexander on drums. They released their first album, the live Suck on This on their own Prawn Song label in 1989, followed by their first studio album, Frizzle Fry in 1990. Sailing The Seas Of Cheese was released by major label Interscope in 1991, and a long period of touring and opening for major acts followed, resulting in gold status for the album right before its successor, Pork Soda was put out in 1993. Pork Soda debuted in the Top 10 and led to a headlining spot on Lollapalooza in 1993. Their biggest hit, Tales From The Punchbowl, followed in 1995, helped by the single "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver." In 1996, Alexander left and was replaced by Brian Mantia just in time for Brown Album, which proved to be a commercial and critical flop and was later disowned by the band. 1999's Antipop was a comeback of sorts and had several guest producers. In 2000, Mantia left to join Guns N Roses, and Primus was put on hiatus, during which time Claypool focused on solo work and his side project Oyster Head. The band (including Alexander on drums) made a surprise return in 2003 with a reunion tour. In 2005, it was announced that a new album was forthcoming, but, as of summer 2006, Primus fans have had no luck yet.
Against all odds, Primus made its bass-heavy, Zappa-influenced, eccentric metal rock accessible enough that they made fans of everyone from Public Enemy to U2 to the creators of "South Park." Heck, they wrote and performed the legendary theme song to "South Park," and that alone is good enough for us! Metalheads, Rush fans, and hippies all seem to love them, and it's not hard to see why. Take their hit, "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver." Claypool's nonsensical, sing-songy delivery is secondary to the fury of the bass popping all over the place like thunderous popcorn, and the guitar wailing and shaking like a blues guitar player in hell.