Artist: "Primus"
Album: "Frizzle Fry"
Genre: Alternative Rock
Label: Caroline Records (1990), Prawn Song Records (2002)

Reviewer: -RoG-
Posted: 1/2/2008

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?

"Primus Sucks!"

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Jan 3rd, 2008, 03:15 AM
what a couplea dumbshits ;(
From the Home of MST3K
Jan 3rd, 2008, 07:48 AM
I never got into this one. It's hell of a lot better than the shit on the radios, though.
Rape you...
Jan 3rd, 2008, 08:12 AM
Been listening to Primus since i was 14 years old. Found the Antipop from local library and enjoyed every moment of it. In couple of years i have collected all Primus main releases for my self.
frappez le cochon rouge
Jan 3rd, 2008, 10:27 AM
Yeah, I'm an Antipop guy, but I can get into almost any of their albums. Even the Brown Album. Yeah.
Forum Virgin
Jan 3rd, 2008, 02:38 PM
Amazing album. I thought I was the only one out around that favored Frizzle Fry over all other Primus albums.
Forum Virgin
Jan 3rd, 2008, 04:42 PM
Good album, but I'm a fan of Pork Soda myself.
Pickled Patriarch
Jan 3rd, 2008, 05:48 PM
Code-Wheel Jones, haha gotta love those lyrics. Say, didn't you meet Les Claypool a while back and post some photos of yourself with him on the forums?

, you're not alone at all! Sailing the Seas of Cheese comes in a close 2nd for me, but Frizzle Fry is easily the one with the most replay value as far as I'm concerned.

shakaconner, I love Pork Soda. "You're the guy from the hamburger train, right?" Lotta good tunes on there. Only problem is, I've never been able to relisten to that album on a regular basis like I can with Frizzle Fry. Not sure why that is, I think the songs are a bit more repetitive on that album. "My Name Is Mud" and "Mr. Krinkle" are fun tunes, but they're definitely more on the repetitive side when it comes to Primus tunes.
Is a thin donkey
Jan 3rd, 2008, 08:42 PM
Frizzle Fry aint bad, but I personally prefer Antipop.
Forum Virgin
Jan 3rd, 2008, 09:21 PM
Pork Soda is Primus' best album. 'Tis fact.
Forum Virgin
Jan 3rd, 2008, 11:01 PM
Mockery, Gotta love the reference to Paul Reubens on that song.
Jan 4th, 2008, 01:18 AM
Originally Posted by BoJa View Post
Pork Soda is Primus' best album. 'Tis fact.
YOU'RE a fact
Rape you...
Jan 4th, 2008, 08:35 AM
I love these: groundhog's day, Mr.knowitall, Pudding time, Harold of the rocks, Jerry was a race car driver, Tommy the cat, Fish on, Professor Nutbutter's house of treats, Wynona's big brown beaver, Southbound pachyderm, My name is Mud, Mr.Krinkle, Welcome to this world, Hamburger train, The heckler, Golden boy, Bob's party time lounge, Shake hands with beef, Resting bones, Kalamazoo, Natural Joe, Laquerhead, Antipop, Greet the sacred cow, Mama didn't raise no fool, Ballad of Bodacious, Power mad, The final voyage of the liquid sky, The Last Superpower AKA Raspscallion. Hooboyy, long list.

Okay, for Primus fans, you should also try these bands: The Frog Brigade, Oysterhead, C2B3 and Les Claypool's solo album Of whales and woe
Jan 4th, 2008, 12:44 PM
uhh how about blind illusion, blue man group and a perfect circle as long as we're just naming bands members of primus have been in
Pickled Patriarch
Jan 4th, 2008, 01:08 PM
Answer my question Willie, or face the wrath of Sgt. Baker!
Jan 4th, 2008, 01:12 PM
Jan 4th, 2008, 02:08 PM
Of all their albums, this one has gotten the most spin time in the old CD player. Sailing... is a close second though.
Get Your Own Title >:(
Jan 4th, 2008, 04:42 PM
I've only got Sailing and Pork Soda, so I'll look out for that one
Pickled Patriarch
Jan 4th, 2008, 05:03 PM

Haha, did he give a reason for calling you spaceman?

arg_zombies, it's definitely worth picking up. Plus they added on an extra track called "Hello Skinny / Constantinoble" not too long ago when they re-released it.
Jan 4th, 2008, 05:06 PM
it was probably because i was wearing a helmet with antennae on it (that i also used to clip mics on to reduce crowdnoise while bootlegging)
Get Your Own Title >:(
Jan 4th, 2008, 05:12 PM
Just wish they could release a few tab books, it's hard working it out from the videos and songs |:/
Jan 4th, 2008, 05:19 PM
Get Your Own Title >:(
Jan 4th, 2008, 05:25 PM

Jan 4th, 2008, 09:17 PM

more like less claymation

this is a picture of me in the spaceman helmet

wait do img tags not work on the article posts? i guess that would make sense
Get Your Own Title >:(
Jan 5th, 2008, 09:58 AM
That is the only helmet I've ever seen worthy of the title
Is Awesome
Jan 6th, 2008, 06:55 AM
If possible, you have earned even more respect from me with this review.... I love Primus along with Les' solo stuff.

Its a real bummer that Electric Apricot isn't coming down under any time soon

On new years I was wearing one of my Primus shirts which caused some guy to give me a drunken thumbs up.
Is Awesome
Jan 6th, 2008, 06:59 AM
Also: Favourite album is Frizzle Fry too. 2nd is a tie between Cheese and Soda.... 3rd would be Suck on this.
Jan 12th, 2008, 12:49 AM
Trey Parker and Matt Stone could not have picked a better band to make their South Park themesong.
Shining Beacon of Virtue
Jan 20th, 2008, 12:49 PM
I'm a huge Primus fan. I own all of Claypool's solo albums too. It's pretty cool that the originals are all getting back together for the new Primus album.
Get Your Own Title >:(
Jan 20th, 2008, 03:46 PM
Today I bought Frizzle Fry and Antipop, to add to my growing collection.
Forum Virgin
Jan 22nd, 2008, 04:37 PM
I only have Sailing the Seas of Cheese at the moment *Frowns in shame*. This will be the next Primus album I purchase