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Editors’ Notes

Antipop is Primus’ take on the “duets album” concept, with a cast of collaborators reflecting the band’s diverse interests and influences. While the Fred Durst–produced “Lacquer Head” emphasizes the raging Primus groove that influenced Limp Bizkit, the Stewart Copeland–produced “Dirty Drowning Man” summons a skittering, atmospheric rhythm reminiscent of The Police. “Electric Uncle Sam,” “Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool," and “Power Mad” feature the guitar and production of Tom Morello, whose taste for relentless rhythms and unusual guitar textures is a natural fit for Primus. The band even let South Park co-creator Matt Stone in on the action, and “Natural Joe” is perfectly aligned to the group’s early heyday. While metal gods James Hetfield and Jim Martin guest on the aptly titled “Eclectic Electric,” the most satisfying guest has to be Tom Waits, who conjures the album’s circus-like intro. He reappears for “Coattails of a Dead Man,” the inebriated waltz that closes the album. Waits and Claypool have long admired and borrowed from each other’s work, and bringing that kind of unseen kinship to light is Antipop's central mission.

Customer Reviews

Buy it but NOT FROM I TUNES!

Along with Tales from the Punchbowl this is one of my favorite Primus albums. The songs are heavy, but they still retain the band's trademark quirkiness. Collaborators include everyone from James Hetfield to Tom Morello to Tom Waits. Missing here is track 13, the idiosyncratic but highly addictive collaboration with Tom Waits called "Coattails of a Dead Man". I say unless iTunes releases the complete album you should either buy the CD or download it illegally. Don't support iTunes charging you more than album price for an incomplete album.

Worth ten bucks

I've been a major fan for over 10 years. I own everything ever touched by Les. If you're looking to check out Primus, start with either of the first two (Frizzle Fry, Seas of Cheese). If you like them, go from there. This is a bit experimental for Primus, and doesn't have the same charm and passion on the early work. It's solid, just not...well, that great.


This album, contains ballad of Bodacious, which is possibly the coolest song I have ever heard. However, songs like Mama didn't raise no fool, which basically sounds like Rage Against the Machine(for good reason given that their guitarist is in it) , and Dirty Drowning Man which sounds a bit forced, make this album SEEM like a rip off, however, Natural Joe, The Ballad, Antipop, and Lacquer Head are way more than enough to tip the scales.


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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