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Tales from the Punchbowl

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After infiltrating the mainstream with 1993’s Pork Soda, Primus crashed into modern rock radio with 1995’s Tales from the Punchbowl. “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” is arguably the strangest song to become a chart hit; it blended influences from Jerry Reed, Stanley Clarke, and Public Image Ltd. and became one of the most swinging singles of the '90s. The song’s massive crossover success brought attention to Primus’ most ambitious and cohesive album to date. Infused with a juicy, reverb-laden sound, Tales from the Punchbowl is as colorful and energized as Pork Soda was laborious and moody. Among the album’s most infectious tracks are “Del Davis Tree Farm,” “Mrs. Blaileen," and “Year of the Parrot.” The album was originally issued as a CD-ROM, and its cinematic scope is palpable even without the supplementary materials. The track sequence forms an epic narrative arc, starting with the locomotive rhythms of “Professor Nutbutter’s House of Treats,” slowing down in the middle with “Southbound Pachyderm,” and finally climaxing with the intrepid road trip within “Over the Electric Grapevine,” an epic in and of itself.

Customer Reviews

This is NOT the real album - it is the CLEAN version

I understand many people's need to "protect" children from "dirty" language, but you should know that at the outset. The lyrics are not original, they are edited. The regular version is excellent; pity iTunes doesn't seem to have it.

One of the primus bests

I would have given this a 4 but the guy below me gave it a 2 & said it was (good) so it deserves a 3 at least. Most of the songs in the beginning and end of this album are really impressive yet the 4 songs in the middle feel like theye are just kind of to fill up the gap between the really good ones. This is one of primus' finest it's just not as good as seas of cheese, pork soda, & antipop

My Favorite Primus Album

I have to say that this is my favorite Primus album ever. Les' playing in Professor Nutbutter's House of Treats is amazing, to say the least. This also yielded the hit "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver." I would have to recommend this album to anyone who likes Primus, because this is their best album.


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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