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Editors’ Notes

With covers of Stanley Clarke, Jerry Reed, Metallica, and The Police, Primus’ 1998 mini-album Rhinoplasty is crucial to any understanding of this revered cult band’s musical DNA. Many of these selections hark back to the band’s roots. Group leader Les Claypool went to school with Kirk Hammett and later auditioned to replace Cliff Burton in Metallica, which makes the reading of “The Thing That Should Not Be” a natural fit for Primus. Jerry Reed’s “Amos Moses” and Stanley Clarke’s “Silly Putty” point to two of Claypool’s formative musical idols: one a virtuosic redneck picker and the other a virtuosic funk slapper. If you blend these three covers, you have Primus' essential formula. Meanwhile, covers of Peter Gabriel (“The Family and the Fishing Net”) and The Police (“Behind My Camel”) let the band play with the more textural, abstract elements of its sound. While the group’s cover of XTC’s “Making Plans for Nigel” has long been a fan favorite, its take on “Scissor Man” is just as good. It's an indication that the band might have done well as a fleet-footed avant-pop outfit had its appetite for funk and metal not been so voracious.

Customer Reviews

Les Claypool

Primus is my personal favorite band. Les Claypool can write songs about anything and they will be great. No one can top his bass licks. No one. Every other band that front man Les Claypool is in is great also. This album is extremely rare....well its just hard to get. Buy it right now because the version of "Tommy the Cat" it has is so good it melts your face.


Phunky Phunky! Love it! Kick out the jams Claypool!

Great Album!

I've been listening to Primus for over a year now, and I got to say, this album has made something for me. "The Thing That Should Not Be" is a good tribute to another favorite band, and the new version of "Too Many Puppies" has made me want to listen to the album over and over again from start to finish. Be it the beat, or the sound quality, It's a must have. Primus, Thank you for making this 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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