Primus, Over the Electric Grapevine: Insight into Primus and the World of Les Claypool

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By Greg Prato

One of BookRiot's Must-Read Books from Indie Presses for 2014

"Prato has curated a suite to draw the uninitiated in addition to hold forth to the unwashed switched over masses."

"It's a wild trip that is vividly captured in Greg Prato's first-class oral heritage, Primus: Over the electrical Grapevine."
--Bass participant Magazine

"A e-book concerning the hugely unusual San Franciscans Primus has been past due for years, so Greg Prato's first-class oral heritage of the band is welcome--doubly so, provided that the major bandmembers, Les Claypool, Larry Lalonde and Tim Alexander, are involved....Great stuff."
--Record Collector Magazine

"A grasp storyteller, expert within the artwork of assembling oral histories that not just research their topics in nice intensity but in addition spin a good yarn, Prato is ready to mix a radical learn of Claypool's eccentric genius with a calm, free-flowing narrative of the Primus's origins tale, detailing affects and lineup adjustments, early performances and the making of landmark Primus albums....[The e-book] does not get slowed down via trivia, and even though it may be referred to as an 'exhaustive' paintings, it is from an hard read."
--Backstage Auctions

"Esteemed journalist and rock historian Greg Prato brings his estimable literary talents in unwrapping the enigma of Primus....If you really liked Primus earlier than yet probably did not comprehend every little thing they did, that might swap after interpreting this. actually, in the event you end the final web page the following, race over for your Primus CD assortment and re-listen to all their track with new and expert ears. Their song won't ever have sounded so good."
--Curled Up With an exceptional Book

"Almost as though you are sitting throughout from them on the bar as they reminisce concerning the past...this e-book was once the main enjoyable i have had studying a booklet all 12 months. pass get it!"
--Erlenmeyer's Mind

Praise for Primus:

"They have been genuine musicians' musicians...Primus had their very own factor, evidently. not anyone relatively does that Primus thing--they have their very own character, that is anything tricky to do."
--Chad Smith, crimson sizzling Chili Peppers

"Primitive, lively, dinosaur, Halloween, trailerfunk. I felt Les was once a kindred spirit. somebody i'll study from and collaborate with. fast, schooled, humble, with an awesome musical lexicon and down domestic as hell, with a tendency experience of humor."
--Tom Waits

Usually whilst the "alternative rock revolution" of the early Nineties is mentioned, Nirvana's Nevermind is credited because the recording that led the cost. but there have been numerous past albums that helped pave the way in which, together with the Pixies' Doolittle, the crimson sizzling Chili Peppers' Mother's Milk, Jane's Addiction's Nothing's Shocking, and particularly Primus's 1991 album Sailing the Seas of Cheese.

This interesting and wonderfully curated oral historical past tells the story of this really exclusive band. Compiled from approximately fifty all-new interviews performed by way of journalist/author Greg Prato--including Primus individuals earlier and current and plenty of extra fellow musicians--this e-book is bound to entice longtime fanatics of the band, in addition to admirers of the musicians interviewed for the book.

Interviewees include: Tim Alexander, Trey Anastasio (Phish), Matthew Bellamy (Muse), Les Claypool, Stewart Copeland (The Police), Chuck D (Public Enemy), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Larry LaLonde, Geddy Lee (Rush), Mickey Melchiondo (Ween), Tom Morello (Rage opposed to the Machine), Chad Smith (Red scorching Chili Peppers), Matt Stone (South Park), Tom Waits, and lots of more.

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Les was once buddies with a deejay named Rick Stuart who labored at a radio station known as the Quake, and that i was once in a neighborhood band referred to as Monkey Rhythm. either one of our bands have been being silly a section. We went to the Quake—I imagine Les used to be simply striking out with Rick, and that i went there with the band to aim and spot if Rick might play our track. And that’s how I met Les. We turned beautiful quick pals and commenced placing out correct after that. at the moment, they have been considerably varied than what they morphed into. The aggression was once nonetheless there, it was once nonetheless implied, yet there has been much less distortion—particularly Les’s tone. He used to be taking part in via a unusual Peavey guitar amp, i believe. And his tone used to be a truly treble-y one, it wasn’t low finish. and positively accentuated by means of Todd Huth’s guitar, which used to be very dry and a bit overdriven. yet that they had this caliber to them which used to be totally not like whatever occurring within the Bay zone at that time. Thrash steel used to be commencing to fairly thrive. Me and Les frolicked, and that i imagine they have been taking part in on the Mabuhay Gardens. I walked in, observed them taking part in, and used to be like, P RIMUS : 35 Who the fuck is that this? Les was once on degree with a bowler hat on—like he walked out of anything like A Clockwork Orange. enjoying to an empty membership, and it was once unabashedly bizarre. It took us awhile to determine it out. We’d long gone on journey, and Les had given us the 1st cassette, and we labored it out. We suggestion, My god, we dig those men, yet they’re so fucking bizarre. No one’s ever going to get this. How flawed we have been. Then we begun taking part in a whole bunch indicates jointly. LES CLAYPOOL: Ha, yeah, I keep in mind that Peavey. It was once Todd’s outdated guitar head that I ran even though a bass cupboard simply because I couldn’t have the funds for a formal bass amp. I nonetheless recreation the ol’ bowler. anyways, we have been continuously considering, How will we become involved in a scene? simply because we weren’t focused on the steel scene in any respect. We have been form of this bizarre band that no-one may placed us with. Michael Bailey of the Berkeley sq. was once an incredible supporter within the early days. Now, he’s a dwell kingdom guy—he books the Fillmore and all that. He may placed us on exhibits simply because he particularly cherished us, yet he by no means knew who to place us on with. We performed with the Pop-O-Pies, the Swans—all those diverse bands we didn’t inevitably healthy with. We have been form of this weirdo band. yet then as Primus began changing into renowned simply in its personal correct, Chris Cuevas ended up operating for us. And at some point he used to be the executive, yet that didn’t relatively figure out. After that, Trouz was once our street supervisor for a few years. CHRIS “TROUZ” CUEVAS: We’ve all been fairly shut for a very long time. I labored for Primus for twelve or 13 years, after which I did a while at the highway with Kirk, to boot. It’s form of attention-grabbing— all of us obtained into tune, I obtained into the extra company element of it, and so they have been either performers. Very fascinating turning out to be up round either one of their scenes. bankruptcy three The Gig that are meant to no longer Be LES CLAYPOOL: i assume I had obvious Metallica as soon as. Metallica had performed the Kabuki Theater, and I’d gotten tickets.

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