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Primus’ consistently entertaining greatest-hits collection They Can’t All Be Zingers starts with an indispensable line: “To defy the laws of tradition is a crusade only of the brave.” “To Defy the Laws of Tradition” is a statement of the band’s personal and musical ethos, but to say that Primus defied tradition isn’t entirely accurate. What the band did was make its own tradition, melding pieces of music history that no other group would have thought to blend: thrash metal, slap-bass funk, prog rock, country. The fusion was wacky but unified. It even resulted in a string of unlikely radio hits, culminating in 1995 with the eternally spicy “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver.” Primus was never really a hits band by the rules of the mainstream, but it engendered such a devoted cult that “John the Fisherman,” "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver,” and “My Name Is Mud” reached legendary status, at least within some circles. Alongside the better-known songs are several overlooked tracks that deserve further acclaim, including “Over the Electric Grapevine,” “Too Many Puppies,” “Shake Hands with Beef," and “Coattails of a Dead Man,” which features faithful Primus booster and fellow genre-welder Tom Waits.

Customer Reviews

Les Claypool is

the greatest lyrcist, and bass player. Primus has the funkiest, crazy, and cartoony songs. They are one of my favorites. This album is very good becuase when i think of primus i think of these songs. I wish they put frizzle fry on their and more from antipop (like bodacious and power mad). But overall i think any primus fan would like this CD.


primus is the best band in this universe and any parralel ones too. a must buy, man


the remastering is great. CREAMY AUDIO GOODNESS


Formed: 1986 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Primus is all about Les Claypool; there isn't a moment on any of their records where his bass isn't the main focal point of the music, with his vocals acting as a bizarre side-show. Which isn't to deny guitarist Larry LaLonde or drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander any credit; no drummer could weave in and around Claypool's convoluted patterns as effortlessly as Alexander, and few guitarists would willingly push the spotlight away, like LaLonde does, just to can produce a never-ending spiral of avant-noise....
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