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A May 10, 2006, article in IGN revealed that Primus had signed on with RedOctane to allow the master recording of John the Fisherman to be used in Guitar Hero 2, a game for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360.

They Can’t All Be Zingers is a greatest hits compilation album by Primus. It was released through Interscope Records on October 17, 2006, the same day that their DVD, Blame It on the Fish, was released.

They Can’t All Be Zingers includes 16 digitally remastered songs that span their entire career, including a previously unreleased and extended version of “Shake Hands With Beef”, the Tom Waits for collaboration “Coattails of a Dead Man”, and “Mary the Ice Cube” from the 2003 DVD/EP Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People.

The Best Buy version of the album contains a bonus CD with four rare live tracks (“Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers,” “Bob,” “My Name Is Mud,” & “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver”) recorded at Woodstock ’94, including the infamous version of “My Name is Mud” where they were pelted with mud by the audience (in which Claypool responds by informing them of their “small and insignificant genitalia”).

compilation album They Can’t All Be Zingers:
released: October 17, 2006

  • 1. "To Defy the Laws of Tradition" /Frizzle Fry
  • 2. "John the Fisherman" /Frizzle Fry
  • 3. "Too Many Puppies" /Frizzle Fry
  • 4. "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" /Sailing the Seas of Cheese
  • 5. "Those Damned Blue Collar Tweekers" /Sailing the Seas of Cheese
  • 6. "Tommy the Cat" /Sailing the Seas of Cheese
  • 7. "My Name Is Mud" /Pork Soda
  • 8. "Mr. Krinkle" /Pork Soda
  • 9. "DMV" /Pork Soda
  • 10. "Over the Electric Grapevine" /Tales from the Punchbowl
  • 11. "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" /Tales from the Punchbowl
  • 12. "Southbound Pachyderm" /Tales from the Punchbowl
  • 13. "Over the Falls" /Brown Album
  • 14. "Shake Hands with Beef" (Extended Version) /Brown Album
  • 15. "Coattails of a Dead Man" /Antipop
  • 16. "Mary the Ice Cube" /Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People
iTunes bonus track:
  • 17. "Mr. Knowitall" (Live) /Frizzle Fry
Extra Cheese: Best Buy bonus tracks (recorded live at Woodstock 1994):
  • 17. "Those Damned Blue Collar Tweekers" /Sailing the Seas of Cheese
  • 18. "Bob" /Pork Soda
  • 19. "My Name Is Mud" /Pork Soda
  • 20. "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" /Sailing the Seas of Cheese
  • Les Claypool - bass guitar, vocals
  • Larry LaLonde - guitar
  • Tim "Herb" Alexander - drums on all tracks, except...
  • Bryan "Brain" Mantia - drums on "Shake Hands with Beef", "Over the Falls" and "Coattails of a Dead Man"
  • Tom Waits - vocals on "Tommy the Cat", vocals and mellotron on "Coattails of a Dead Man"
  • Martina Topley-Bird - vocals on "Coattails of a Dead Man"

video album Blame It on the Fish: An Abstract Look at the 2003 Primus Tour de Fromage DVD:
released: October 17, 2006

  • "Mr. Krinkle" (from Pork Soda)
  • "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" (from Sailing the Seas of Cheese)
  • "Southbound Pachyderm" (from Tales from the Punchbowl)
  • "De Anza Jig" (from Tales from the Punchbowl)
  • "Over The Electric Grapevine" (from Tales from the Punchbowl)
  • "Hello Skinny" (The Residents cover, from Duck Stab/Buster & Glen)
  • "Nature Boy" (from Pork Soda)
  • "Bob" (from Pork Soda)
  • "Mary the Ice Cube" (from Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People)
  • "Pilcher's Squad" (from Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People)
  • "American Life" (from Sailing the Seas of Cheese)
  • "Mr. Knowitall" (from Frizzle Fry)
  • Tim Alexander - Drums
  • Les Claypool - Bass Guitar, Vocals, Upright Bass
  • Larry LaLonde - Guitar, Banjo, Backing vocals

compilations and soundtracks:

  • Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards (Tom Waits compilation, featuring the cover of “On the Road” recorded by Primus and Waits)

video game soundtracks:

  • Guitar Hero 2 (featuring “John the Fisherman”)
  • Tony Hawk’s Project 8 (featuring “American Life”)

Guitar Hero 2; American Life from Tony Hawk’s Project 8:

Primus band performed on July 29, 2006, at the first annual Hedgpeth Festival in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.
In November 2006, Primus commenced another tour which concluded the following month.
The Beat a Dead Horse Tour (2006)


Primus live at the 2008 Blues fest in Ottawa

They played at a few festivals in 2008, including the Rothbury Festival (in Michigan), the Ottawa Blues Fest, the Quebec City Summer Festival, and the Outside Lands Festival (in San Francisco)

Here Come The Bastards Outside Lands FestivalOttawa Bluesfest:

compilations and soundtracks:

  • Zack and Miri Make a Porno (soundtrack, featuring “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver”)


First annual Oddity Faire tour in March 2009.

Les Claypool on O.F. Tour + “Fungi or Foe”Les Claypool’s Pigs on a Wing:

On November 24, 2009, Prawn Song re-released the band’s first studio album, Frizzle Fry, on a vinyl record, along with some of Claypool’s solo albums.


On March 18, it was announced by Phil Lesh on his official message board that former Primus drummer Jay Lane would be leaving his previous band Furthur to rejoin Primus.

On May 3, Primus announced a new tour with Gogol Bordello, Wolfmother, and the Dead Kenny G’s. The press release for the tour revealed that the band was looking to “refine their chops before heading into the studio to record their first album of brand new music since 1999’s Antipop.”

On August 5, Primus released June 2010 Rehearsal, a free four-track rehearsal EP available for download on their official website. The EP consists of new recordings of previously released Primus songs featuring Jay Lane on drums.

Primus began their second annual Oddity Faire tour on September 14, 2010, with opening acts Portugal.

Their song “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver” is included in the video game Rock Band 3, which was released October 26, 2010.

EP June 2010 Rehearsal
released: August 5, 2010

  • 1. "Pudding Time" /Frizzle Fry
  • 2. "American Life" /Sailing the Seas of Cheese
  • 3. "Duchess and the Proverbial Mind Spread" /Brown Album
  • 4. "Harold of the Rocks" /Frizzle Fry
  • "My Name Is Mud"
On November 30, 2010, Primus released a download-only single titled "Me Llamo Mud". This was an updated recording of "My Name Is Mud" with Claypool singing the lyrics entirely in Spanish. This version was recorded live in the band's rehearsal space in a similar fashion to their recent June 2010 Rehearsal EP.
  • Les Claypool – bass guitar, vocals
  • Larry LaLonde – guitar
  • Jay Lane – drums, percussion

compilations and soundtracks:

  • Rock Band 3 (featuring “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver”)

Summer Tour (2010)
The Oddity Faire Tour (2010)

2010 Oddity Faire:

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