If you have never had the pleasure of seeing Primus live, then you have missed out on an awful lot. As far as bassists go, there’s great bassists (Tim Commerford, Jack Bruce, Michael Anthony), there’s amazing bassists (Cliff Burton, John Paul Jones, Mike Gordon) and then there’s bassists on par with a God (Flea, Paul McCartney, Geddy Lee). And then there’s Les Claypool. A man absolutely in a class by himself with such a honed skill for finger picking and slap bass that it borders on magic. Of course the current trio would be bland without Larry and Herb, so let’s not forget the rest of the band, for goodness sakes. You can also hear Les’ exploits on the South Park theme as well as Robot Chicken. For a complete history, check out any of these sites: Primus Wiki , or the Primus Website. Now, going back to the previous statement I made earlier on, I have been privy to their concerts three times and I have to admit I have never seen a show quite like it. Oh sure, there’s no huge stage production, no tower of lights and pyrotechnics, but what the performance lacks in over-production it more than compensates with outstanding and equally odd stage presence. Check out the videos below of some of Primus’ best performances of a few of their finest tunes.
Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver – The Late Show With David Letterman
John The Fisherman – Lorley Festival
Kalamazoo – The Kalamazoo State Theater
Jerry Was A Race Car Driver – Roskilde
When The Toy Go Winding Down – Sacramento Cattle Club
Tommy The Cat – Mtv Spring Break
Frizzle Fry – Outside Lands Festival
Sgt. Baker – San Diego
Sailing The Seas Of Cheese/The Air Is Getting Slippery – Woodstock ’94
My Name Is Mud – Mtv Halloween Party
Pudding Time/Groundhog Day – Guttenburg Plaza
Check out just how much Primus Sucks!