One word. Primus. Two words: Pork Soda. Another fantastic album from the early nineties. I don't remember where I was when I first heard these guys but I do know what song it was:
Les Claypool looks eerily like Christian Bale in the video, compared to his look now...
Which more resembles Leon the Professional.
Primus gave music a much needed charge of personality and quirkiness. They also breathed some fresh air into a scene that was taking itself a bit too seriously at the time. The big albums back then were the late eighties and early nineties opuses "Blood Sugar Sex Magic," by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gun's N' Roses' "Appetite for Destruction," Pearl Jam's "Ten" and of course Nirvana's "Nevermind." All amazing albums which spawned new looks and jettisoned rock n' roll away from the hair metal that dominated pop in the eighties.
Enter Primus, who came in with a unique sound, bizarre lyrics, and a wonderfully talented front man in the form of Les Claypool. No one had heard a bass played like this since maybe Stanley Clarke who he includes as influences along with legends such as John Paul Jones, Paul McCartney and Roger Waters.
In an era dominated by boys who looked forward to ripping a guitar open just like Eddie Van Halen, spawning a decade of intense guitar rock, Claypool certainly stood out as a rare flower. He gave us all a wider appreciation for the instrument that usually sat out of the limelight.
Primus is the perfect music for painting any chaos figure, but especially bloodletters. Take a look below at my recent test paint job.