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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. 

Customer Reviews

My Name is Mud

This Codles is absolutely correct. My name is mud is the catchiest bass and drums part ever. Its like listening to tool. Get this album because every single song is like that feeling when you go to the kitchen and are dissapointed that you don't have the cereal you feel like eating and then you see you actually do and are really excited to eat it. Thats how amazing this album is.

this made my drums cry

not only did this album shatter my emotions in amazingness, it shattered the heads of my drums in aw. Mr Krinkle is an amazing song played with an upright bass, which adds an even more deeper crazier sound. Along with thhis are the famous my name is mud and wlecome to this world, also there are plenty of other great songs to get your bass fingers a weepin and your ears a hippon hoppon good time. check out the air is getting slippery, Les adds a Mandolin to the mix of songs, not only is he amazing at bass, but also amazing at mandolin and banjo. Best Primus album. easily

My Ears Are Broken and Dancing While Being Deaf

Very creative, nothing like it, great bass, thats all i can come up with while listening. If the music was put into pictures my retinas would be burnt into some twisted thing until i went blind. Peace.


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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