Bass-oriented alternative metal band, formed in California in the mid 1980s, under the original name 'Primate'.

In 1989 Primus released their debut album "Suck On This", followed by a line of successful albums in the early 1990s; "Frizzle Fry" (1990), "Sailing The Seas Of Cheese" (1991) and "Pork Soda" (1993), plus their first 'covers' EP "Miscellaneous Debris" (1992). Their fifth album, "Tales From The Punch Bowl", went Gold before the end of 1995. During the summer of 1996 they parted ways with drummer, Tim Alexander, who was replaced by Bryan "Brain" Mantia - making his debut on "The Brown Album" (1997). A second 'covers' EP "Rhinoplasty" followed in 1998.

Primus then departed from their previous approach, with the "Antipop" album in 1999. A more metallic sound, featuring different producers on almost every track - including such notables as Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello; Limp BizKit's Fred Durst; Tom Waits; South Park creator, Matt Stone and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland. It also included such guest artists as Metallica's James Hetfield and former Faith No More guitarist, Jim Martin.

Mantia left in 2000 to join Guns N' Roses. During the ensuing break, band leader/bassist Claypool focused on recording his side project, Oyster Head (which included Copeland and Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio), as well as releasing a two-part solo, "Live Frogs: Set 1 and Set 2". Re-united with Tim "Herb" Alexander in 2003, Claypool and LaLonde released the EP "Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People" and a DVD compilation, featuring the band's videos, studio footage and rare performance bootlegs.

2006 saw the band release another DVD; "Blame It On The Fish" featuring the band live on their 2003 tour, as well as a greatest hits package "They Can't All Be Zingers: The Best Of Primus". This was followed by the "Beat A Dead Horse Tour" in 2006 and a further album

Primus Discography


RED 22 Primus Suck On This (Album) Prawn Song RED 22 US 1989 Sell This Version
CARCD 10, 0777 7 86749 2 4 Primus Frizzle Fry (Album) Caroline Records CARCD 10, 0777 7 86749 2 4 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
7567-91659-1 Primus Sailing The Seas Of Cheese (Album) Interscope Records 7567-91659-1 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
772738-1 Primus Pork Soda (Album) Interscope Records, Interscope Records 772738-1 US 1993 Sell This Version
INTD-92553, D 108923 Primus Tales From The Punchbowl (Album) Interscope Records INTD-92553, D 108923 US 1995 Sell This Version
INT2-90126 Primus Brown Album (Album) Interscope Records, Prawn Song, Interscope Records, Prawn Song INT2-90126 US 1997 Sell This Version
MVCT-24064 Primus Antipop (Album) Interscope Records MVCT-24064 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
880882-1740-2 Primus Green Naugahyde (Album) Prawn Song 880882-1740-2 Canada 2011 Sell This Version
ATO0250, 0882213121 Primus Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble (Album) Prawn Song, ATO Records ATO0250, 0882213121 US 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

PRCD 4376-2 Primus Jerry Was A Race Car Driver(CD, Single, Promo) Interscope Records PRCD 4376-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
SAM 801 Primus Here Come The Bastards(12", Promo) EastWest SAM 801 UK 1991 Sell This Version
A6167CDX, 7567-96166-2 Primus Making Plans For Nigel (EP) EastWest, Rock Ahead A6167CDX, 7567-96166-2 UK & Europe 1992 Sell This Version
96208-2, D 103010 Primus Miscellaneous Debris (EP, Maxi) Interscope Records 96208-2, D 103010 US 1992 Sell This Version
PRCD 5042 Primus My Name Is Mud (Single) Rock Ahead, EastWest PRCD 5042 US 1992 Sell This Version
Flexi #21 Rise Robots Rise / Primus Rise Robots Rise / Primus - All Sewn Up / Sinister Exaggerator(Flexi, 7") Reflex Magazine Flexi #21 US 1992 Sell This Version
Sing Fat-003 Primus Pork Soda Prawn Song Sing Fat-003 US 1993 Sell This Version
PRCD 5170 Primus Mr. Krinkle(CD, Single, Promo) Interscope Records PRCD 5170 US 1993 Sell This Version
6544-95714-2, A8129CD Primus Wynona's Big Brown Beaver (Maxi, Single) Interscope Records, Atlantic 6544-95714-2, A8129CD Germany 1995 Sell This Version
6544-95712-2 Primus Mrs. Blaileen (Maxi, Single) Interscope Records 6544-95712-2 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
INT5P-6000 Primus Southbound Pachyderm(CD, Maxi, Promo) Interscope Records INT5P-6000 US 1996 Sell This Version
INT5P-6185, Primus Shake Hands With Beef(CD, Promo, Single) Interscope Records, Prawn Song INT5P-6185, US 1997 Sell This Version
INT5P-6240 Primus Over The Falls(CD, Single, Promo) Interscope Records INT5P-6240 1997 Sell This Version
INTDE-90214 Primus Rhinoplasty (EP) Interscope Records, Prawn Song INTDE-90214 US 1998 Sell This Version
INT5P-6715 Primus Electric Uncle Sam(CD, Single, Promo) Interscope Records INT5P-6715 1999 Sell This Version
INTR-10042-2, none Primus Lacquer Head(CD, Promo, Single) Interscope Records, Prawn Song INTR-10042-2, none US 2000 Sell This Version