Mon May 27th, 2002
Mon February 5th, 2001
Live Frogs: Set 1 (2001)
Live Frogs: Set 2 (2001)
Highball With the Devil (1996)
Les Claypool, bass/vocals
Fans of South Park will be gratified to know that Les Claypool wrote and sang the theme song for the impishly irreverent cartoon show.
Les Claypool
Les Claypool was born in Richmond, CA, just across the water from San Quentin and was destined to become one of the most talented, idiosyncratic bass players in rock. In high school he befriended future Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, and the two developed a mutual interest in rock. Inspired by eminent players like Rush’s Geddy Lee, Yes’s Chris Squire and Paul McCartney, Claypool took up bass and before long was playing in Blind Illusion, his high school’s resident prog metal outfit. He also stretched his playing abilities playing with jazz and swing bands.

Claypool’s first post-graduation gig was with a cover tune outfit called the Tommy Crank Band. The group’s heavy schedule meant Claypool developed his chops at an intensive pace, often playing several sets a night. By the mid-’80s, the blossoming bassist was recording demos of original compositions — work that led directly to the genesis of the first incarnation of Primus, called Primate. Consisting of Claypool, guitarist Todd Huth and drummer Jay Lane, the trio began attracting an underground following. Personnel shifts put the band temporarily on hold, but eventually a new line-up — Claypool, fellow former Blind Illusion member Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander — solidified in 1989.

Now known as Primus, the three-piece recorded a live set, Suck On This and self-released it on its own Prawn Song label. The album was a college radio hit and soon Primus was signed to indie label Caroline, which re-issued Suck On This as well as its 1991 follow up, Frizzle Fry. By the next year Primus had moved to Interscope records, and with major label support continued to musically minister to its devoted fans.
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