Primus band timeline

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In 2000 Primus performed a cover of Black Sabbath’s song “N.I.B.” featuring vocals by Ozzy Osbourne. The track originally appeared on the album Nativity in Black II: A Tribute to Black Sabbath. The track was also released as part of Ozzy’s 2005 Prince of Darkness box set.


  • “N.I.B.” (featuring Ozzy Osbourne) (Nativity in Black II: A Tribute to Black Sabbath)

compilations and soundtracks:

  • Big Noize (featuring “Electric Uncle Sam”)
  • Nativity in Black II (Black Sabbath tribute album featuring a cover of “N.I.B.” recorded by Primus and Ozzy Osbourne)

video game soundtrack:
Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption (featuring “Electric Uncle Sam”)

The band went on hiatus from 2000 to 2003, with Claypool later stating:

“The end of the Nineties was an unhappy Primus camp. I hit a creative stagnation that wasn’t helping us forward, and the personal elements, it just was time to stop. And I had been asked for many years, “How long can Primus go on?” And I always said, “I’ll do it until it’s not fun anymore.” And it just wasn’t fun anymore on many different levels.”

During this hiatus, Alexander released two albums with the band Laundry and performed with Blue Man Group, A Perfect Circle, and Born Naked, among others.

Claypool explored the jam band scene with Oysterhead (featuring friend Trey Anastasio of Phish and Stewart Copeland of the Police) and his own Colonel Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade (featuring both Huth and Lane). He also collaborated with Brain, Buckethead and Bernie Worrell in the group Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains.


video game soundtrack:
ATV Offroad Fury Soundtrack (featuring “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver”):


In late 2003, Primus reunited with Tim Alexander on drums to record a five-track EP.
Released alongside a DVD containing the band’s music videos and clips from live performances, the resulting package was titled Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People.

The band staged a two-month tour performing two sets per show, the second consisting of their 1991 release Sailing the Seas of Cheese in its entirety.

Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People EP and DVD
released: October 7, 2003 (US: Platinum)

Animals Should Not Try To Act As People EP – Full Album; Animals Should Not Try To Act As People DVD :

  • 1. The Carpenter and the Dainty Bride - 00:00
  • 2. Pilcher's Squad - 05:25
  • 3. Mary the Ice Cube - 07:19
  • 4. The Last Superpower aka Rapscallion - 11:57
  • 5. My Friend Fats - 19:14
music videos:
  • "John the Fisherman" * (from Frizzle Fry) - Directed by Mark Kohr
  • "Too Many Puppies" (from Frizzle Fry) - Directed by Kevin Kerslake
  • "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" * (from Sailing the Seas of Cheese) - Directed by Mark Kohr
  • "Tommy the Cat" * (from Sailing the Seas of Cheese) - Directed by Mark Kohr
  • "My Name Is Mud" * (from Pork Soda) - Directed by Mark Kohr
  • "Mr.Krinkle" * (from Pork Soda) - Directed by Mark Kohr
  • "DMV" * (from Pork Soda) - Directed by Mark Kohr
  • "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" * (from Tales from the Punchbowl) - Directed by Les Claypool
  • "Southbound Pachyderm" (from Tales from the Punchbowl) - Directed by Les Claypool
  • "Shake Hands With Beef" (from the Brown Album) - Directed by Les Claypool
  • "Over the Falls" (from the Brown Album) - Directed by Les Claypool
  • "Lacquer Head" (from Antipop) - Directed by Les Claypool - (Banned by MTV)
  • "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" (Charlie Daniels cover, from Rhinoplasty) - Directed by Mike Johnson
* Optional commentary track featuring Les, Larry and Tim. short films:
  • Cheesy Home Video - transfer of the video with the same name, edited to exclude the music videos.
  • Horrible Swill - transfer of the video with the same name, previously available exclusively to the fan club.
  • Horrible Men - previously unreleased assortment of clips from on-stage, backstage and in the studio.
  • The Making of "Mr. Krinkle" - previously unreleased short on the making of the music video.
  • The Making of "Wynona" - previously unreleased short on the making of the music video.
  • The Making of the Brown Album - transfer of a segment from the Videoplasty video.
Live performances: Radio Relics - Recorded at Stanford University's KZSU college radio station for a campus-only cable channel in 1989
  • "To Defy the Laws of Tradition"
  • "Too Many Puppies"
  • "Frizzle Fry"
New Year's 93-94 - Recorded at the Henry J. Kaiser Auditorium in Oakland, on New Year's Eve 1993-1994
  • "Groundhog's Day"
  • "Mr. Krinkle"
Woodstock 94 - Recorded at the 25th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival in Saugerties, New York in 1994
  • "Those Damned Blue Collar Tweekers"
  • "My Name is Mud (Bootleg Quality)"
Florida 95 - Recorded in West Palm Beach, Florida during the Punchbowl tour in 1995
  • "Pudding Time"
  • "Southbound Pachyderm"
  • "Duchess and the Proverbial Mind Spread" - Recorded at Irving Plaza in New York for HBO's Reverb in 1998 (Erroneously listed as "Kalamazoo live" on some pressings)
  • "Lacquer Head" - Recorded during the Family Values Tour on Halloween in 1999
  • "Sgt. Baker" - Recorded at a rent party at Kommotion in San Francisco sometime between 1986 and 1988
  • "Groundhog's Day" - Recorded at the Omni in Oakland in late 1988
  • "Tommy the Cat" - Recorded by Bob Cock and the Yellow Sock, 1991, and venue not noted
The DVD also includes an illustrated discography and slideshow of promotional photographs. Easter eggs include a short video clip of Bob Cock in heaven and an interview.
  • Les Claypool - bass guitar, vocals
  • Larry LaLonde - guitar on all tracks, except...
  • Todd Huth - guitar on the 1988 recording of "Groundhog's Day" and "Sgt. Baker"
  • Tim Alexander - drums on all tracks, except...
  • Bryan "Brain" Mantia - drums on "Shake Hands with Beef", "Over the Falls", "Lacquer Head" and "Duchess and the Proverbial Mindspread"
  • Jay Lane - drums on the 1988 recording of "Groundhog's Day"
  • Tim "Curveball" Wright - drums on "Sgt. Baker"
"The Devil Went Down to Georgia" performed by Festus Clamrod and The El Sobrante Twangers
  • Les Claypool - vocals and bass
  • Larry LaLonde - banjo
  • Bryan "Brain" Mantia - drums
  • Mark "Mirv" Haggard - slide guitar and voice of Johnny
  • Bryan Kehoe - voice of the Devil
  • Violina Misteriosa - violin
All lyrics written by Claypool, all music written by Primus, except "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by the Charlie Daniels Band.

compilations and soundtracks:

  • Triple J’s Hottest 100 10th Anniversary: Hottest Box (promo for Triple J radio’s Hottest 100, featuring “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver”)

Tour de Fromage (2003–2004)


2004 saw them continue touring, this time performing their 1990 release Frizzle Fry in its entirety. For these two tours, the band sold recordings directly recorded from the sound-board online.

The performance in Chicago was videotaped and released as a DVD titled Hallucino-Genetics: Live 2004.

They also performed a set at Bonnaroo in 2004, a late night set featuring a cover of “YYZ” by Rush and a guest appearance by Adrian Belew on “Thela Hun Ginjeet” a King Crimson cover.

concert DVD Hallucino – Genetics: Live 2004
released: November 16, 2004

tracklisting: Set one
  • 1. "Sgt. Baker" /Sailing the Seas of Cheese
  • 2. "American Life" /Sailing the Seas of Cheese
  • 3. "My Friend Fats" /Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People
  • 4. "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" /Sailing the Seas of Cheese
  • 5. "The Last Superpower aka Rapscallion" /Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People
  • 6. "My Name Is Mud" /Pork Soda
  • 7. "Southbound Pachyderm" /Tales from the Punchbowl
Set two – Frizzle Fry
  • 8. "To Defy the Laws of Tradition"
  • 9. "Groundhog's Day"
  • 10. "Too Many Puppies"
  • 11. "Mr. Knowitall"
  • 12. "Frizzle Fry"
  • 13. "John the Fisherman"
  • 14. "You Can't Kill Michael Malloy"
  • 15. "The Toys Go Winding Down"
  • 16. "Pudding Time"
  • 17. "Sathington Willoughby"
  • 18. "Drum and Whamola Jam"
  • 19. "Spegetti Western"
  • 20. "Harold of the Rocks"
  • 21. "To Defy"
  • 22. "The Pressman" /Suck on This/Pork Soda
  • Les Claypool – bass, upright bass, vocals
  • Larry LaLonde – guitar
  • Tim Alexander – drums
All music composed by Primus; all lyrics by Les Claypool.

compilations and soundtracks:

  • Alternative Rock Edition (featuring “Too Many Puppies”)
  • Bonnaroo Music Festival 2004 (live album, featuring “Frizzle Fry”)

My Friend Fats from Primus at Bonnaroo 2004:

Hallucino-Genetics Tour (2004)



In 2005 the band performed at Lollapalooza and Vegoose. Between Primus shows, Claypool created a new solo project called Les Claypool’s Fancy Band.

Much like with his Frog Brigade, Claypool’s Fancy Band performed a variety of songs from his various side projects. They did not usually play Primus songs apart from an occasional riff teaser.

To Defy The Laws of Tradition (Vegoose 2005):

compilations and soundtracks:

  • Prince of Darkness (Ozzy Osbourne box set, featuring the cover of “N.I.B.” recorded by Primus and Osbourne)
  • Triple J’s Super Request: Dog’s Breakfast (promo for Triple J radio’s Super Request, featuring “Electric Uncle Sam”)

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