Primus band timeline

Primus band timeline - page 5


In 1995 Primus released their fifth album, Tales from the Punchbowl. It was very well received and contained Primus’s most successful single to date “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver”.

It’s the band’s last album with Tim Alexander before he rejoined Primus seven years later, and again in September 2013. It was certified Gold on July 20, 1995.

studio album Tales from the Punchbowl:
released on June 6, 1995

  • Professor Nutbutter's House of Treats
  • 1. "Professor Nutbutter's House of Treats"
  • 2. "Mrs. Blaileen"
  • 3. "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver"
  • 4. "Southbound Pachyderm"
  • 5. "Space Farm"
  • 6. "Year of the Parrot"
  • 7. "Hellbound 17½ (Theme From)
  • 8. "Glass Sandwich"
  • 9. "Del Davis Tree Farm"
  • 10. "De Anza Jig"
  • 11. "On the Tweek Again"
  • 12. "Over the Electric Grapevine"
  • 13. "Captain Shiner"
singles from album Tales from the Punchbowl:
  • "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver"
  • "Mrs. Blaileen"
  • "Southbound Pachyderm"
  • Les Claypool – vocals, bass, six string bass, bass banjo, upright bass, fretless bass
  • Larry LaLonde – guitar, 6-string banjo
  • Tim Alexander – drums, drum samples

music videos 1995:

  • Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver
  • Southbound Pachyderm

Wynona’s Big Brown BeaverSouthbound Pachyderm:

compilations and soundtracks:

  • Obdurate (promo for HM magazine, featuring a live version of “Here Come the Bastards”)
  • Phuq! (featuring “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver”)

video game soundtracks:

  • Beavis and Butt-head in Virtual Stupidity (featuring “DMV”)

Old clip of Beavis and Butt-head watching the music video for DMV by Primus. This clip appears on the PC game “Beavis and Butt-head in Virtual Stupidity”.

Punchbowl Tour (1995)

Tales from the Punchbowl was nearly as successful as Pork Soda, and peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200, making it Primus’ second-highest chart position.

Gold Album (Album Tales from the Punchbowl)

It contained Primus’s most successful single to date, the Grammy-nominated “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver”. The song was accompanied by a video with the band members dressed up in cartoonish plastic cowboy costumes (similar to the suits worn in the then current Duracell battery commercials).

Two other less successful singles, “Mrs. Blaileen” and “Southbound Pachyderm” (the latter of which featured a claymation video that received only minimal airplay on MTV) were also released.

The band was invited to perform on the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. On the David Letterman show, Primus appeared dressed in penguin tuxedos.

David Letterman ShowLive on Conan O’brien:

TopHatTapes12345: Primus costumes from Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver Hard Rock Cafe Universal City:
Original costumes from the Primus music video Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver inspired by a Duracell commercial circa 1995. I stumbled across these while viewing the Hard Rock Cafe in the Universal Studios City Walk which is located in Studio City near Los Angeles, California. The shoulders were splitting apart from the torsos which may have happened while taking off the costumes once finished filming the music video. The masks aren’t there but there is a guitar signed by Larry LaLonde, Tim Alexander and Les Claypool.


Tim “Herb” Alexander – drums, backing vocals left the band and was replaced by Bryan “Brain” Mantia – drums (1996–2000).

Claypool stated, “Herb’s departure was like a marriage that just slowly decayed to an end.”

Bryan “Brain” Mantia

Bryan Kei Mantia, better known by his stage name Brain, is an American contemporary rock drummer and composer. He has played with bands such as Primus, Guns N’ Roses, Praxis, and Godflesh, and with other popular performers such as Tom Waits, Serj Tankian, Bill Laswell, Bootsy Collins, and Buckethead. He has also done session work for numerous artists and bands.

Bryan-Brain-Mantia Bryan-Brain-Mantia

music video 1996
The Devil Went Down to Georgia:

compilations and soundtracks:

  • Bored Generation (featuring “Hellbound 17½”)
  • Eyesore: A Stab at The Residents (The Residents tribute album, featuring the Primus cover of “Hello Skinny/Constantinople”)
  • Music for Our Mother Ocean, Vol. 1 (promo for the Surfrider Foundation, featuring a live version of “Mr. Knowitall”)
  • X Games Volume 1: Music from the Edge (promo for ESPN’s X Games, featuring “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver”)

With Mantia aboard, Primus was asked in 1996 to compose the theme song to South Park. Primus also later contributed to the Chef Aid album with the song “Mephisto and Kevin”.

South Park Theme Song; Primus – Les on South Park Theme; Mephisto and Kevin:

Southbound Pachyderm Tour (1996)

Grammy Nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance (Album Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver)

Reality Check TV:
“Our coverage of the 1996 Bay Area Music (Bammy) Awards!
We apologize for the poor quality as this was from a defective tape!
Les Claypool of Primus wins best bassisst an bassist and talks to us.”

In 1996 Claypool self-produced his first solo album entitled Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel Presents Highball with the Devil. On this album, many of the songs are done solely by Claypool himself. Claypool also employs the help of a number of other musicians. Experimental Bay Area guitarist M.I.R.V. joined Claypool and others. Performances include a spoken word piece from Henry Rollins on the song “Delicate Tendrils”. This album was recorded at Rancho Relaxo.

Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel – Delicate Tendrils:

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