Albums

5 albums I can’t live without: Les Claypools de Primus

name The Claypools

best known for Well known for his ability to mentally levitate mid-century furniture while doing one-armed push-ups through piles of packing foam.

Current City Somewhere between Albuquerque and Tucumcari, New Mexico on Highway 40. I hear stories of vintage motels and non-exotic American cuisine.

I really wanna be in it I wish I was in the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz.

Excited about I just found myself in Amarillo at Yellow City Street Food and ate some of the best tacos I have ever eaten in my life.

I escaped from home to visit the United States and Canada in my shiny box for the next two months; playing old Rush tunes and inflicting blazing new Primus songs on the masses. I have a three song Primus EP called Conspiranoid.I just finished a song about Zelenskyy called “The Man with the Iron Balls” featuring Stewart Copeland, Sean Lennon, Eugene Hutz, Sergey Ryabtsev and Billy Strings. Busy old beaver.

My current music collection contains a lot of Moog Synthesizer Compilations.

And a bit of Evil music…well, from your point of view, it’s “evil music”, isn’t it? They once called Ray Charles “evil music”. Oh, how times have changed. Or have they

You wouldn’t expect me to listen Probably back to the Moog playlist for that one.

Because I’ve made some of these lists in the past and since my brain would explode if I could only choose five, I decided to jot down what was probably in the CD carousel at the time where Larry LaLonde and I were driving around in the old 1976 Dodge conversion pickup truck in Northern California. Probably stoned.

5 albums I can’t live without:

1
The wallpink floyd

Nothing gets the road rolling better than hearing Roger Waters and the boys sing mystical words and sounds about a troubled childhood, World War II, and the isolation and inversion of being an incredibly popular musician.

2
It takes a nation of millions to hold us back, public enemy

One of the greatest recordings ever made. When I first heard “Channel Zero” I thought my brain would melt. Having toured with Public Enemy at the time and watching these guys run the room every night, my respect for Chuck D’s power, insight and social relevance is immense. To us, Chuck was Gil Scott-Heron, Michael Corleone, and Mohammad Ali rolled into one tough, smart human being.

3
rain dogs, tom is waiting

I had to choose a Tom Waits record and rain dogs was the one I first turned to Ler LaLonde. rain dogs is Tom’s entry into the magic world. It still amazes me that we chose him to be the voice of “Tommy The Cat”. It’s like Jack Nicholson was part of your high school movie project.

4
The Uplift Mofo party plan,
Hot red peppers

It’s one of the best recordings of the late 80s. My buddy Jack Irons was on drums and Hillel was this slinky, sultry, jagged presence. Primus was able to do several gigs with these guys at that time and this album was the closest thing to Led Zeppelin power that there was. Jason Mamoa and I recently discussed our mutual admiration for this particular release and the “balls” it has as a production.

5.
In your face, Fish bone

I can’t mention Old Chili without mentioning Fishbone. The biggest live band in the world. At the time, NO ONE could touch Fishbone live. They were like that frenzied, frenzied, sweaty, magical freight train from a cartoon. In your face was the only record that came close to capturing that energy live. “Problems Arise” and “Cholly” have always been two of my favorite Fishbone songs and after touring with them many times, I know my Fishbone.