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Quick Hit : Primus – Tales From The Punchbowl

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Here’s a review I read in a Vancouver newspaper ( apologies to reviewer. Working on finding the name) which prompted me to get this record.

“Genius comes in different packages – apparently even the one marked Milk Duds.

Pushing the envelope even further than they did with ‘Pork Soda’, Les Claypool, Larry Lalonde and Tim Alexander are heirs to the Zappa throne of psycho meets the Stooges.

An acquired taste, to say the least, Primus’ indistinguishable talent comes in their unfettered fret-cruising to galaxies outside the chartered bounds of straightforward, linear rock n roll.

Take a track like their MuchMusic heavy-rotation hitter, ‘Wynona’s Big brown Beaver’. Borrowing country chords and slide, Primus reshape the old forms with molten steel and kick-ass guitars. To boot, they manage to turn it into an almost anti-rap number – redneck fairy tales.

And that’s pretty much what you get all the way through the inebriating, colorful and potentially sickening ‘Tales from the Punchbowl : surprise after surprise backed by talent, not idiocy – in spite of what may appear on the enigmatic surface. ”

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Funky, heavy metal. Jazz rock, hard rock. Early Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Frank Zappa similarities. But they make their own music their way. I am always looking for new sounds and new music. I found it in Primus. Any band that throws a little ‘Muleskinner Blues’ into a song hooks CB. Is this my favorite album by them? I don’t know. I like all the albums I have by them but this was my intro. I like Primus music. Not easy listening. You want music that’s out there beyond the beyond. Grab this and Strap in. Grab any Primus.

 

 

13 comments on “Quick Hit : Primus – Tales From The Punchbowl

  1. christiansmusicmusings
    January 6, 2019

    I think you hit the nail on head here – certainly sounds like an acquired taste. But kudos to you for exploring new sounds!

    Unfortunately, oftentimes I’m too inpatient when it comes to acquired taste. The more I blog and read about music, the more I realize how much music is out there that’s in my core wheelhouse I’ve yet to explore. Focusing on such music easily becomes a more attractive proposition than listening to something that clearly would be an acquired taste.

    I guess the trick is to find the right balance here. After all, Led Zeppelin was an acquired taste to me. So was Pink Floyd initially, at least beyond the “Wish You Were Here” and “Dark Side Of The Moon” albums!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      January 6, 2019

      It didn’t take me long to dig this music. Lot’s going on with some of that hard rock/jazz/funk stuff I like. I like when musicians like this push the boundaries. Doesn’t always work but in this case it works for me. My ear likes it. What can I say.
      I hear you on the “core wheelhouse”. I need more music like I need a kick in the ass. I don’t consciously seek it out anymore and my new acquirement are few. My tastes are pretty wide as long as it moves me.
      I received the Cream Reunion album as a gift last week. Fantastic. So I’m never far from my core. Good comments Christian.

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  2. Jim S.
    January 7, 2019

    I heard Les Claypool on the radio recently (playing with Sean Lennon) and thought hmm, maybe I should listen more, maybe post on them. But CB beat me to it and certainly knows them better than I do. Recommend your favorite album.

    BTW, I saw the Eastwood movie “The Mule” and totally dug it. Rotten Tomatoes only gave it 66% but I disagree. Good, understated movie with actor/director Dirty Harry in fine form, good subplots.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      January 7, 2019

      Les/Sean? man that is to weird. But Claypool never does the expected. I am no expert on them. Les and the boys are just to hard to keep up with. I’m still discovering new stuff. I ate up the first few albums. Take your pick. I just got sent to an album on Spotify with him doing a cut with the North Mississippi All stars.
      This was just a quick hit on my part. I’m sure your readers would dig your take. I would.

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      • Jim S.
        January 7, 2019

        Yeah, I saw Lennon/Claypool together on one of the late night shows a while back and they cropped up on a recent Spotify list. I’ll have to do some more listening before I can write about Primus. I don’t have CB’s vast brainpower to just jump into these things!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        January 7, 2019

        I could see Julian and Claypool . How’d it sound? Was Les carrying the load? I guess I’ll search it out. You have me curios. Is the Lennon kid legit? Go to town o Primus and give it the ME one/two.

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  3. catchgroove
    January 7, 2019

    Never listened to this band. I guess I will have to now.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      January 7, 2019

      I think if you explore Claypool’s “pool” you will find some good listening. Knowing a little of what you like and knowing you like the envelope pushed you might dig it. I’ll bracket some time and get over and dive into your picks.
      (a lot of “yous” in that comment)

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  4. J.
    January 10, 2019

    CB!! Its me!! I’m back in town and I thought “I’m gonna go check see what CB’s been up to” and here you are talking about Primus! Yas! Primus are one of those special bands… Claypool with his mindbending bass and cartoon vocals… like a Toon pal of Roger Rabbit. Amazing.

    You haven’t explored the swirly gummy candy world of the Claypool Lennon Delirium yet, yet? Man, that’s a treat…

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      January 10, 2019

      Welcome back! CB missed ya. You know me as far as music if it’s good I like it. Primus is good. Good description on the vocals. I just love the sound these guys pumped out.
      Yeah like I said to Music Enthusiast. What a weird combo. I would have guessed Sean was just another offspring that rode the gravy train. I listened to the music they made. I like it. Claypool is probably the only person (maybe Zappa and a couple others) that could make CB listen the Sean’s mom.
      Good to have you back fella.

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      • J.
        January 11, 2019

        Aye, it’s good to be back. Got some catching up to do…

        They make a good pair, Claypool and Lennon. Sean’s actually got some really good stuff of his own out there, but it’s definitely unfortunate that he’s that Beatle guy’s lad, cause he’s always gonna be in that shadow a bit… either compared to his old man or be considered to be on the gravy train. Kinda like Jakob Dylan in that sense. I prefer young Sean’s stuff to his dad’s.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        January 11, 2019

        I’m not a big John guy but like I said I would never paid any attention to the young guy if not for Claypool. It’s good to be surprised in a good way.

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      • J.
        January 11, 2019

        Yeah, I getcha. His other band GOASTT (Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger) is also worth investigating.

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