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Brown Album was the first Primus release to not feature drummer Tim Alexander and the first to feature Bryan “Brain” Mantia.

Claypool stated, “Herb’s departure was like a marriage that just slowly decayed to an end.” “When it came down to it, we came very close to dissolving entirely, to ending Primus.

I went to Ler and said, “Look, I’m not content anymore. We’ve got a good thing going between us and we should probably get a new drummer.”

When we talked to Herb about it, he wasn’t surprised at all–in fact he seemed very relieved. He’s got his own thing now. He’s writing and singing (with his new band, Laundry) and he’s much happier.”

Regarding the name of the album, Claypool said “This is a milestone record for Primus so it needed to have a milestone title. The Beatles have their White Album, Metallica have their Black Album, now Primus have their Brown Album.”

Brown Album was released in 1997 and supported by the singles “Shake Hands with Beef” and “Over the Falls”.

studio album Brown Album:
released: July 8, 1997

  • 00:00 "The Return of Sathington Willoughby"
  • 05:09 "Fisticuffs"
  • 09:36 "Golden Boy"
  • 12:43 "Over the Falls"
  • 15:26 "Shake Hands with Beef"
  • 19:31 "Camelback Cinema(INTRO)"
  • 19:32 "Camelback Cinema(SONG)"
  • 23:33 "Hats Off"
  • 25:33 "Puddin' Taine"
  • 29:13 "Bob's Party Time Lounge(INTRO)"
  • 29:21 "Bob's Party Time Lounge(SONG)"
  • 33:58 "Duchess and the Proverbial Mind Spread"
  • 37:30 "Restin' Bones"
  • 42:01 "Coddingtown"
  • 44:55 "Kalamazoo"
  • 48:28 "The Chastising of Renegade"
  • 53:34 "Arnie"
  • "Shake Hands With Beef",
  • "Over the Falls" from Brown Album
  • Les Claypool – vocals, bass, upright bass
  • Larry LaLonde – guitar
  • Bryan "Brain" Mantia – drums

music videos 1997:

  • Shake Hands with Beef
  • Over the Falls

Shake Hands With Beef

compilations and soundtracks:

  • Crossing All Over!: Volume 6 (featuring “Shake Hands with Beef”)
  • Rock Sound: Volume 10 (promo for Rock Sound magazine, featuring “Shake Hands with Beef”)
  • Universal Attaque!: Vol. 1 (featuring “Shake Hands with Beef”)
  • Zoo Magazine: CD Sampler 10 (promo for Zoo magazine, featuring “My Name is Mud”)

Brown Tour (1997)
H.O.R.D.E. Tour (1997)


In late 1998, Primus released the Rhinoplasty EP, which features covers of acts like XTC, the Police and Peter Gabriel. The EP also includes two live recordings of Primus, as well as bonus content accessed through a CD-ROM portion of the CD. It was shortly followed by the video release Videoplasty.

Rhinoplasty EP:
released: August 11, 1998

  • 1. "Scissor Man" (Andy Partridge)
  • 2. "The Family and the Fishing Net" (Peter Gabriel)
  • 3. "Silly Putty" (Stanley Clarke)
  • 4. "Amos Moses" (Jerry Reed)
  • 5. "Behind My Camel" (Andy Summers)
  • 6. "Too Many Puppies" (Self-cover, originally from Frizzle Fry) Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde, Bryan Mantia
  • 7. "The Thing That Should Not Be" (James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett)
  • 8. "Tommy the Cat" (Live at the Henry J. Kaiser Arena, December 31, 1997) Claypool, Todd Huth, Jay Lane
  • 9. "Bob's Party Time Lounge" (Live at the Henry J. Kaiser Arena, December 31, 1997) Claypool, LaLonde, Mantia
  • Les Claypool – vocals, bass, upright bass
  • Larry LaLonde – guitar
  • Bryan "Brain" Mantia – drums

video album Horrible Swill: A Tawdry Look at Primus on the Road in 1998:
released: March 3, 1998

video album Videoplasty
released: December 29, 1998

compilations and soundtracks:

  • Chef Aid: The South Park Album (soundtrack, featuring the original tracks “South Park Theme” and “Mephisto and Kevin”)
  • Indie 2000: Volume 3 (featuring “Shake Hands with Beef”)
  • Interscope Sampler: Volume One (promo for Interscope Records, featuring the Primus cover of Stanley Clarke’s “Silly Putty”)
  • The New, the Classic & the Unexplored: Volume Three (promo for Visions magazine, featuring “To Defy the Laws of Tradition”)
  • Pinkpop 1998 Sampler (featuring a live version of “Bob’s Party Time Lounge”)
  • Tijdloze Honderd: Vol 4 (featuring “Too Many Puppies”)

SnoCore Tour (1998)


Antipop was released in 1999 and featured production and guest appearances from James Hetfield from Metallica, Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine, Matt Stone from South Park, Stewart Copeland from the Police, Jim Martin from Faith No More and Fred Durst from Limp Bizkit.

While producing the song “Lacquer Head”, Durst encouraged Primus to return to the more aggressive sound of their earlier albums for Antipop.

Some critics compared the album’s murky down-tuned guitars to nu-metal, which was popular at the time. The band toured in support of Antipop with Ozzfest and Family Values Tour.
The band released a music video for the album’s only single, Lacquer Head, which was banned from MTV because of references to and depictions of drug use, despite the song’s anti-drug message. Tensions among the band rose considerably during this period, Claypool stated: “there was some doubt at the label as to whether we knew what the hell we were doing anymore.”

former touring member 1999:


Brian Patrick Carroll (born May 13, 1969), known professionally as Buckethead, is an American musician who has worked within many genres of music. He has released 304 studio albums, four special releases, and one EP.

He has also performed on more than 50 other albums by other artists. His music spans many diverse areas such as progressive metal, funk, blues, bluegrass, ambient, and avant-garde music. He performs primarily as a solo artist, though he has collaborated extensively with a wide variety of high-profile artists such as Bill Laswell, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Iggy Pop, Les Claypool, Serj Tankian, Bill Moseley, Mike Patton, Viggo Mortensen, That 1 Guy, Bassnectar, and was a member of Guns N’ Roses from 2000 to (2018). Buckethead. [online] Available at: [Accessed 19 Feb. 2018].

Buckethead, guitarist of Primus, performs during OzzFest 1999.2Photo by Vaughn Youlz (2018). Buckethead, guitarist of Primus, performs during OzzFest 1999. [image] Available at: [Accessed 19 Feb. 2018].

It was the band’s final release before their hiatus in 2000-2003. It was also the last album with drummer Bryan Mantia.

studio album Antipop:
released: October 19, 1999

  • 1.- Intro 00:00 (ft. Tom Waits)
  • 2.- Electric Uncle Sam 00:18 (ft. Tom Morello)
  • 3.- Natural Joe 03:13
  • 4.- Lacquer Head 07:25
  • 5.- The Antipop 11:15
  • 6.- Electric Electric 16:50 (ft. James Hetfield and Jim Martin)
  • 7.- Greet the Sacred Cow 25:22
  • 8.- Mama Didn't Raise No Fool 30:33 (ft. Tom Morello)
  • 9.- Dirty Drowning Man 35:37 (ft. Martina Topley-Bird)
  • 10.- The Ballad of Bodacious 40:26
  • 11.- Power Mad 43:55 (ft. Tom Morello)
  • 12.- The Final Voyage of the Liquid Sky 47:38
  • 13.- Coattails of a Dead Man 53:17 (ft. Martina Topley-Bird and Tom Waits)
  • 14.- Interlude 58:33 / The Heckler 59:34
singles from album Antipop
  • "Lacquer Head"
  • "Electric Uncle Sam"
Primus members:
  • Les Claypool - Lead vocals, bass
  • Larry LaLonde - Guitar, synthesizer on track 6
  • Bryan Mantia - Drums
guest musicians:
  • Tom Morello - Lead guitar and production on tracks 2, 8 and 11
  • James Hetfield - Guitar on track 6
  • Jim Martin - Guitar on track 6
  • Martina Topley-Bird - Vocals on tracks 9 and 13
  • Tom Waits - Mellotron, Vocals, and production on tracks 1 and 13
guest producers:
  • Matt Stone - track 3
  • Fred Durst - track 4
  • Stewart Copeland - track 9

music video 1999
Lacquer Head:

compilations and soundtracks:

  • Celebrity Deathmatch (soundtrack, featuring the studio version of “The Heckler”)
  • Family Values Tour 1999 (live album, featuring “Lacquer Head” and “My Name is Mud”)
  • Jack Kerouac Reads On the Road (Jack Kerouac compilation, featuring a cover of “On the Road” recorded by Tom Waits and Primus)
  • The New, the Classic & the Unexplored: Volume Nine (promo for Visions magazine, featuring “South Park Theme”)
  • Opscene: CD#11 (featuring “Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool”)
  • Take Off 2000: Loud Music for the Next Millenium (featuring “Lacquer Head”)
  • Visions 75th Anniversary Compilation: Part II (promo for Visions magazine, featuring the Primus cover of Pink Floyd’s “Have a Cigar”)

Tom Waits & Primus – Jack Kerouac on the RoadLes Claypool talks about meeting Tom Waits:

music video Lacquer HeadLacquer Head (Family Values Tour 1999):

video game soundtracks:

  • Hot Wheels Turbo Racing (featuring “Hampster Style”)
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (featuring “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver”)

Hot Wheels Turbo RacingTony Hawk’s Pro Skater:

Ozzfest (1999)
Family Values Tour (1999)
Antipop Tour (1999–2000)

Primus & Buckethead – Ozzfest 1999; Primus Lacquer Head (Family Values Tour 1999); Antipop live:

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