15 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

By the time Primus released Pork Soda in April 1993, the alt-rock boom was in full swing and dozens of anomalous underground rock bands were suddenly populating the Billboard charts. While many of those bands found mass success by modifying their quirks, in the case of Pork Soda it simply seemed that the public’s taste for nuttiness had caught up to Primus. Even “My Name Is Mud,” which was Primus' biggest hit up to that time, was one of its least compromising tracks. Nevertheless, it had a groove that wouldn’t quit, and despite all the band’s stubborn eccentricities, there was something friendly and inviting about Les Claypool’s wacky vocal presence. Pork Soda is an album with dimension; it can feel like a haunted mansion with a variety of themed rooms, or a trip down a river that passes through a sequence of exotic scenes. It has some of the band’s most abstruse tunes (“Bob,” “Pork Soda”), some of its catchiest (“Welcome to This World,” “Hamburger Train”), and some that are both (“Mr. Krinkle”). Beloved by Primus fans old and new, Pork Soda is the album that made prog-rock fun again. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

By the time Primus released Pork Soda in April 1993, the alt-rock boom was in full swing and dozens of anomalous underground rock bands were suddenly populating the Billboard charts. While many of those bands found mass success by modifying their quirks, in the case of Pork Soda it simply seemed that the public’s taste for nuttiness had caught up to Primus. Even “My Name Is Mud,” which was Primus' biggest hit up to that time, was one of its least compromising tracks. Nevertheless, it had a groove that wouldn’t quit, and despite all the band’s stubborn eccentricities, there was something friendly and inviting about Les Claypool’s wacky vocal presence. Pork Soda is an album with dimension; it can feel like a haunted mansion with a variety of themed rooms, or a trip down a river that passes through a sequence of exotic scenes. It has some of the band’s most abstruse tunes (“Bob,” “Pork Soda”), some of its catchiest (“Welcome to This World,” “Hamburger Train”), and some that are both (“Mr. Krinkle”). Beloved by Primus fans old and new, Pork Soda is the album that made prog-rock fun again. 

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