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
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Primus Discography Tracks


Primus Suck On This (Album) Prawn Song US 1989 Sell This Version
Primus Frizzle Fry (Album) Caroline Records Europe 1990 Sell This Version
Primus Sailing The Seas Of Cheese (Album) Interscope Records Europe 1991 Sell This Version
Primus Pork Soda (Album) Interscope Records, Interscope Records US 1993 Sell This Version
Primus Tales From The Punchbowl (Album) Interscope Records Poland 1995 Sell This Version
Primus Brown Album (Album) Interscope Records, Prawn Song, Interscope Records, Prawn Song US 1997 Sell This Version
Primus Antipop (Album) Interscope Records Japan 1999 Sell This Version
Primus Green Naugahyde (Album) Prawn Song US 2011 Sell This Version
Primus Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble (Album) Prawn Song, ATO Records US 2014 Sell This Version
Primus The Desaturating Seven (Album) ATO Records, Prawn Song Japan 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Primus Jerry Was A Race Car Driver (Single) Interscope Records US 1991 Sell This Version
SAM 801 Primus Here Come The Bastards(12", Promo) EastWest SAM 801 UK 1991 Sell This Version
PRCD-4226 Primus Tommy The Cat(CD, Single, Promo) Interscope Records PRCD-4226 US 1991 Sell This Version
Primus Miscellaneous Debris (EP, Maxi) Interscope Records, Atlantic US 1992 Sell This Version
Primus Making Plans For Nigel (EP) EastWest, Rock Ahead UK & Europe 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
Primus Pork Soda Prawn Song US 1993 Sell This Version
Primus My Name Is Mud (Single) Rock Ahead, EastWest US 1993 Sell This Version
PRCD-5357 Primus DMV(CD, Single, Promo) Interscope Records PRCD-5357 US 1993 Sell This Version
PRCD 5170 Primus Mr. Krinkle(CD, Single, Promo) Interscope Records PRCD 5170 US 1993 Sell This Version
SAM 1175 Stone Temple Pilots, Primus, Dream Theater, Pantera Stone Temple Pilots, Primus, Dream Theater, Pantera - Rock Ahead(12", Promo) EastWest SAM 1175 UK 1993 Sell This Version
Primus Wynona's Big Brown Beaver (Maxi, Single) Interscope Records, Atlantic Germany 1995 Sell This Version
Primus Mrs. Blaileen (Maxi, Single) Interscope Records 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, Single, Promo) Interscope Records, Prawn Song INT5P-6185, US 1997 Sell This Version


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