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Primus Biography


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Birth Place: El Sobrante, California, USA
Years Active: 1984-2000, 2003-Present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Funk Rock


Primus is an American rock band formed in 1984, currently composed of vocalist and bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry "Ler" LaLonde, and drummer Jay Lane. Primus originally formed with Claypool, Todd Huth and Lane, with the latter two departing the band before Primus's debut release “Suck on This,” being replaced by drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander and Larry LaLonde.

During this lineup, the band released four studio albums: “Frizzle Fry,” featuring "John the Fisherman", “Sailing the Seas of Cheese,” featuring "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" and "Tommy the Cat", “Pork Soda” featuring "My Name Is Mud" and “Tales from the Punchbowl,” featuring their most commercially successful single, "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver".

“Tales from the Punchbowl” has been certified Gold by the RIAA while “Sailing the Seas of Cheese” and “Pork Soda” have reached Platinum status.

In 1996, Alexander left Primus and was replaced by Bryan "Brain" Mantia, with whom they would later release “Brown Album” and “Antipop” before placing Primus on hiatus in 2000.

In 2003, Claypool and LaLonde reunited with Tim Alexander and released a DVD/EP, “Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People,” before touring from 2003 through 2004. In 2010, it was announced that original drummer Jay Lane had reunited with the band for a cross-country tour, and later digitally released the free “June 2010 Rehearsal” EP.

They have released some of their records on Claypool's Prawn Song Records label.