Primus

Frizzle Fry

FACT: Released in 1990 on Caroline Records, who picked Primus up to rerelease “Suck On This.”

OPINION: This is still my favorite Primus album. And many agree with me because it won the best album poll that I held on my page. Also, many of the guitar parts were composed by Todd Huth instead of Ler because Ler and Herb had only been in the band for a year. Which gives some of the songs a different vibe.

To Defy the Laws of Tradition

  • LYRICS: What if Christmas didn't come this year
    and no one paid for Christmas cheer?
    Who would cry the biggest tear,
    the child or the store?
                                     
  • Why do brides wear virgin white?
    Most do not deserve that right
  • But to choose a color of their delight
    would surely bring on the frowns
     
  • To defy the laws of tradition
    is a crusade only of the brave
                                     
  • Suppose the taxman, he comes to town,
    and you don't lay your money down
    Yet Mr. Jones he killed Mr. Brown the other day
    Well I wonder, who's gonna go to hell
  • FACTS: This song has always been present in the setlist. Mainly serving as the opening song. Les uses his four string Carl Thompson with whammy for this track.
  • OPINION: (From ZenaWitch) It seems to me, this song concerns itself with the frail integrity of the American dream; Acceptance and success in America (unfortunately) hinge
    a lot on appearance, status, and the ability to conform, rather than ideals, humanitarianism, and a quest for the truth. Commercialism is the mark of the beast, baby. So are credit cards, by the way, but I digress...For me, 'To Defy' invokes ideas about the "impersonalization" of corporate America.
    Americans don't want truth; They want distraction, such as TV, cinema, material posessions, and the various perks that money brings. Responsibility is often wholly uninvolved, as is reality and accountability for one's actions...

 

Groundhog’s Day

  • LYRICS: When I woke up this mornin' I felt a pang
  • I was hungerin' for some apple pie Stumble in the bathroom, hung my hog a little bit

    Washed the sleep out of my eye
    Oh yeah, it's gonna be a fine day
    Scratched myself a bit
    Poured me out a bowl-a corn chex
  • Closest thing I could find to apple pie
    Lingerin' taste of toothpaste 
  • Made the milk go down a bit funny
    But you know, them chex they do satisfy
    Oh yeah, this'll be a fine day
    So, after my mornin' rise-n-shine and eat-n-clean

    Had my mind set to hit them streets
    Drizzle from the night left cold puddles out
    Had my black stomp-boots on my feet
    It's my day
                                   
  • Since I was in kneepants my pop had tried to make me realize
    If I set my mind down to it I could be a big man in the public eye
  • So with my big blue collar on, I set out to find the easy way
    What an ice cold bath it was when I found you had to pay to play
    To taste the taste it's a tease that never would subside
    The taste is strong but soured by my learned eyes
    Well, if a woodchuck could chuck wood he'd get down on his knees to pray
    This little snappy boy might see the light this ground hog's day 
  • FACTS: This song has been fairly constant in the setlist as well. This song was recorded on Les’ four string Carl Thompson with whammy and is usually played on it live, but I have seen Les use his red Fender four string. Near the end of the song, Les refers to himself as “little snappy boy” meaning, the nickname snap that he uses when he airbrushes the cover statues for the albums.
  • OPINION: (Jim Wade) This song, to me is about Les getting up and preparing for his “big day” of going out and showing the world what he can do. And this time, he plans to do it right, because he tried to find a short-cut to fame only to see that it doesn’t exist. This song has been revitalized live lately since that addition of Brain by a new jam that takes place during the breakdown right before the song ends. My favorite performance of this song is on the 2-10-98 audio bootleg, and it’s also a good example of the jam that I mentioned

 

Too Many Puppies

  • LYRICS: Too many puppies are being shot in the dark.
    Too many puppies are trained not to bark.
    At the sight of blood that must be spilled
    so that we may maintain our oil fields.

    Too many puppies
    Too many puppies are taught to heal.
    Too many puppies are trained to kill.
    On the command of men wearing money belts
    that buy mistresses sleek animal pelts.

    Too many puppies.
     
  • Too many puppies with guns in their hands.
    Too many puppies in foreign lands.
    Are dressed up sharp in suits of green and
    Placed upon the war machine.

    Too many puppies are just like me.
    Too many puppies are afraid to see.
    The visions of the past brought to life again,
    Too many puppies, too many dead men.
  • FACTS: Les again uses the four with whammy bass and this is another song that’s always had a place in the setlist. Les has said that this is one of the songs from the original Primus demo (from 198?) but it was originally played in double time and had B52’s-ish feel to it. During the Brown Tour, they started playing “Hello Skinny” by the Residents in the middle of Puppies. Skinny used to show up in the middle of Nature Boy. Primus has a recorded version of this cover, which is available on the enhanced part to Tales from the Punchbowl, The Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver single, and a compelation album called, “Eyesore: A Stab at the Residents.” which features other bands attempting Residents songs. The last two of those also feature Primus covering Constantinople, another Residents song.
  • OPINION: (Jim Wade) This is definitely one of Les’ more political songs. Many people say that Les predicted the Persian Gulf War with this track. I really like the way that Brain’s hard hitting style completements this song. It’s always been popular with the crowds because of it’s heavyness. The addition of “Hello Skinny” makes this one of my favorite songs to see live, Brain plays it Skinny in halftime, rather than the way Herb played, and Les now plucks the note and then continually bends the whammy instead of how he used to just strum the notes. Plus, it’s one of the only times you can actually hear Ler doing vocals. He says the “Hello Dolly!” thing near the end.

 

Mr. Knowitall

  • LYRICS: They call me Mr. Knowitall
    I will not compromise.
    I will not be told what to do.
    I shall not step aside.
                                        
  • They call me Mr. Knowitall
    I have no time to waste.
    My mouth it spews pure intellect.
    And I've such elegant taste.

    They call me Mr. Knowitall.
    I sip the aged wine.
    Oh I could tell such wonderous tales
    if I should find the time.
    I must be Mr. Knowitall
    For ideas they come in bounds.
    I am Mr. Knowitall
    So spread the word around.

    They call me Mr. Knowitall
    I am so eloquent.
    Perfection is my middle name
    And whatever rhymes with eloquent.
  • FACTS: Les uses the Carl Thompson four string with whammy again and plays almost the entire song using tapping. This Song was always prominent in the setlist, but it has disappeared with the departure of Tim Alexander.
  • OPINION:

 

Frizzle Fry

  • LYRICS: Hello all you boys and girls
    I'd like to take you to the inside world
    It's quite an irregular place to be
    But never fear you're safe with me
    Well, maybe
                                    
  • Golden hair of macrame'
    Against the face that's cut from stone
    The white porcelain is screaming Ayee
    Thank God the the boy is not alone
                                    
  • I don't believe in Santa Claus
  • I don't belive in spite
    I have no use for beauty dolls
    Especially on this night
    I don't believe in miracles
    I don't belive in lies
    I don't belive in holograms
    For I am the Frizzle Fry

    Andy's painting green again,
    This time they might take him away
    When Barrington starts to breathe again
    It way just take us all away
                                    
  • I don't believe in charity
    I don't believe in sin
    And if you don't believe in me,
    We'll play this tune over again
    I don't believe in pinochle
    And I don't beleive I'll try
    I do believe in Captain Crunch
    For I am the Frizzle Fry
    Yes I am the Frizzle Fry.
  • FACTS: Played on the Four string CT with whammy. Has always been pretty regularly in the setlists. Les has explained that “Barrington” was actually a place called Barrington Hall where they would host “wine dinners”, which were punk rock shows with a punch thqat was filled with LSD. And, Les explained, every inch of the inside was covered with the most insane graffiti, and LSD added to the experience. Barrington Hall was shutdown, and is now a frat house, and it no longer says “LSD” in 20 foot letters on the sidewalk out front.
  • OPINION:             

 

John the Fisherman

  • LYRICS: When he was young you'd not find him doing well in school.
    His mind would turn unto the waters.
    Always the focus of adolescent ridicule,
    He has no time for farmer's daughters.
    Alienated from the clique society,
    A lonely boy finds peace in fishing.
    His mother says "John this is not the way life's supposed to be."
    "Don't you see the life that you are missing?"

    And he says...

    When I grow up I want to be,
    one of the harvesters of the sea.
    I think before my days are done,
    I want to be a fisherman.

    Now years gone by we find man that rules the sea.
    He sets out on a dark May morning .
    To bring his catch back to this small community.
    He doesn't see the danger dawning.
    Four hours up, oh the ocean swelled and swelled,
    The fog rolled in it started raining.
    "The starboard bow." "Oh my God we're going down!"
    The do not hear his frantic mayday.

    And he says...

    When I grow up I want to be,
    one of the harvesters of the sea.
    I think before my days are done,
    I want to be a fisherman.
    "I'll live and die a fisherman."
    Calling John the Fisherman..
  • FACTS: This was the first single from Primus. They have a video which was filmed on Les’ fishing boat, and features some cell animation, and a cameo appearance of Kirk Hammet from Metallica as one of the fisherman. Les uses, again, the CT four with Whammy.
  • OPINION: (From CHEESE) This has always been my favorite PRIMUS song. The boy, John, no matter how much he is ridiculed, or told how stupid it (his dream) is, he follows his dream, and even eventually dies for it.

 

You can’t Kill Michael Malloy

  • LYRICS: None.
  • FACTS: There is a song by the same name on the Spent Poets album, which features Bob C. Cock on vocals. I’m not quite sure what the connections is, but I plan on picking up the Spent Poets album soon, and I’ll let you know.
  • OPINION:

 

The Toys Go Winding Down

  • LYRICS: An overaged boy of thirty-nine has left the wing
    today
    The first time in his life he's made that step
    Be numbed by the society and plagued by insecurity
    He's entered in a race that must be won
    One of the animals has left its cage today
    In search of better things so it seems to be
    But in this land of polyurethane,
    Things are apt to get a bit hot
                               
  • As the toys go winding down
                               
  • C.G. the Mexican is a friend of mine
    We used to sit around the house watching evil dead
    Talking about the way it used to be...
    We used to pull the stripers out of Sand Pablo bay
    Now the delta waters go down So. Cal.
    And the stripers start to fade away

    It's pudding time!
    It's pudding time!

    As the toys go winding down
  • FACTS: This is one of the few songs that was entirely reworked when Ler and Herb joined the band. You can hear the other version of the song on the Sausage CD, under the title “Toyz 1988”
  • OPINION:

Pudding Time

  • LYRICS: You can have a lolly pop
    a candy bar a jelly bean
    I'll buy you a rainbow
    to hang above your door
     
  • It's pudding time
                                         
  • Laughter is a sweet
    You can't put a price on
    When laughter's all gone
    Daddy won't buy you more
                                         
  • It's pudding time
    It's pudding time children
                                         
  • Money money money
    To buy you things
    Daddy's gonna buy you a diamond ring
                                         
  • Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
    Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
    All the kings horses and all the kings men
  • Couldn't put Humpty together again

    San Francisco bay the
    Striped bass are dying
    But you're gonna get
    That brand new bike
    Oh joy

    It's pudding time
    It's pudding time children.
  • FACTS: When this song was performed by the Todd Huth, Jay Lane, Les version of Primus, it had the funk, heavy drum beat. When Herb joined, it changed to the Double bass metal drum beat. And then when Brain joined, it went back to the Jay Lane style. I think it’s cool that with such a big difference in the song, it sounds amazing either way. This song has almost always been present in the setlist. Les plays the CT 4 whammy.
  • OPINION: (From Ryan Statz) I have an interpretation of what Pudding Time might be about, but I am kind of torn between two different things it could be about.  It could be about being a spoiled little brat (You can have a lollipop, a candy bar, a jelly bean...  San Fransisco Bay, the striped bass are dying, but you're gonna get that brand new bike...) or my second opinion is that it's basically just about greed.  It's a damned good song to hear live, that's for sure.
  • OPINION: (From CHEESE) The first review of this says alot, but I also think it says how the best things in life are free. You just can't buy love, friendship, happiness, or laughter. "When the laughters all gone daddy won't buy you more..."

 

Sathington Willoby

  • LYRICS: We are gathered here
    Today in these majestic
    Halls of old to honor
    A man they call
    Sathington Willoby
    There's a joke or two, A pun or three
    I feel that must be
    Told then I go on to
    Speak of Sathington Willoby
    Sathington Willoby
    The legislator that
    Penned us up a bill
    That banned the use
    Of certain things like this and that
                       
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Spegetti Western

  • LYRICS: Why do we do this C.G. and I?
    Every night vegetables,
    Minds numbed up by THC.
    I've got my pen, C.G. the remote
    Laurel and Hardy's the best bet at four A.M. On a Friday
    No dreads about the working day
    Funny thing about weekends
    When you're unemployed
    They don't quite mean so much,
    except you get to hang out with
    all your working friends
    Well we got us a spegetti western on 36
    I like spaghetti westerns
    I like the way the boots are all reverbed out
    walking across the hardwood floors
    In fact, everything's got that big reverb sound
    Well what'll I do now?
    Go to sleep
    Pull the pud
    We need new pornos
    Well, I guess I'm still writing... 
  • FACTS: When Les uses th CT four string with whammy on this tune, and it’s always been one of my favorites. It hasn’t been in the setlist since Brain joined, but when I asked Les if we could get it back in the setlist, he said that Brain actually knows this one, but Ler doesn’t want to play it.
  • OPINION:  

 

Harold of the Rocks

  • LYRICS: It was a weekend's eve,
    I had sex on my breath
    I was lookin' for somethin' to see.
    With a borrowed black
    leather and my best fishin' hat.
    Well it was just Wendy O. and me.
    We called old Swamp
    Up on the telephone
    And said we was comin' on
    Down to pick him up
    and then, he said,
     "Hey Swampy, me and Greeny'll come along -
    But only if we can bring a friend."
    "His name is Harold."
    I said "Okay."
    Now, we had a Swamper, Greeny, Wendy O, Stanley, Harold of the Rocks and me.
    We hopped into my dart
    And headed for the nightbreak
    To see a man they call Schooly D.
    Harold he's a friendly guy.
    He rambles on and on.
    He'll talk the balls off a rhinosaurus.
    fact is he just doesn't make much sense.
    Well Stan said "This guy's pretty bizarre Gus."

    Harold of the Rocks. 

    I saw Harold at a party
    Trouzy threw Late one night.
    I said, "hey man, Do you remember me?"
    He said, "O' course I do Snapdad and
    Let me tell ya right 'Bout now I'm lit Up like an ol' Christmas tree."
    Hey bro you know I'd like to thank you once again for let'n me
    Hang with ya' all across the bay.
    when I look back at that night I get me a
    Warm spot across my heart." Then he shook my hand,
    and walked away.
    That's the last I seen of Harold.

    Harold of the Rocks.

    So in the end,
    Swamper and Greeny
    Finally succumb to the ways of Harold. 
  • And in doing so
    Each gave just a little bit of his soul away.
    What a couple of dumbshits.
      
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To Defy

  • LYRICS: None.
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  • OPINION: