Album: "Frizzle Fry"
Genre: Alternative Rock
Label: Caroline Records (1990), Prawn Song Records (2002)
Review: Though many would argue that Sailing the Seas of Cheese was their finest, make no mistake about it, Frizzle Fry is the greatest album Primus ever put out and easily has the most replay value. This was their first studio album released before they got a major label deal with Interscope. Now, I consider myself a big Primus fan, and I've listened to many of their albums countless times, but for my money, it just doesn't get any better than this one. With tracks like "Frizzle Fry", "Mr. Knowitall", "To Defy the Laws of Tradition", "The Toys Go Winding Down" and more, you just can't go wrong with this release.
I remember arguing with friends back in the day when the album came out about how Les was the greatest bass player in the world. Truth be told, you really can't compare Les to any other bass player, because he's in a world all his own. Whether he's playing his slaptacular electric bass or adding quirky variations with an upright bass, Claypool is guaranteed to entertain your ears. And talk about a unique personality... lyrical lunatic, avid fisherman and a guy who can appreciate the finer things in life like Evil Dead and using a bowl of Corn Chex to substitute apple pie when you're fresh out. He's also quite the good artist. You know how every now 'n then there comes along a person where you think to yourself, "no human being should have that much talent." Yeah, well that's Les Claypool in a nutshell if you ask me.
And don't let my admiration for Les diminish the credit that is due to the other two members of Primus, Larry (guitars) and Herb (drums). These guys are as good as it gets and function as perfect compliments to Claypool's manic music style.
Alternative metal, funk metal, psychedelic polka... whatever you wanna call it, it's simply brilliant and hilarious.
As Les would say, "To defy the laws of tradition is a crusade only of the brave." Well Les... you, Larry and Herb are definitely brave musical crusaders in my book because you've created an amazingly creative sound that's 100% unique and will never be duplicated. So hey, don't feel bad about losing to the Wyld Stallyns at the Fourth Annual San Dimas Battle of the Bands, ok?
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)
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