Primus is a Grammy-nominated rock band formed in El Sobrante, California in the mid-1980s. Singer and bassist Les Claypool has been the only constant member. They have had two guitar players, although Larry LaLonde has held onto the role for over 16 years and several different drummers. Tim Alexander and Bryan "Brain" Mantia are the only drummers to have recorded with the band.
Their music is difficult to define and while usually considered by critics to be funk metal or alternative metal, Primus has been called everything from "thrash-funk meets Don Knotts, Jr." to "alternative rock" to "the Freak Brothers set to music." Les Claypool himself once described their music as "psychedelic polka." Due to the unique sound Primus composes they’ve even been awarded with their own genre tag on a popular proprietary music media player.
The diversity of their sound has given Primus the ability to gain a modest segment of fans from many different rock subgenres and continue to be characterized by their irreverent approach to music. The band's catchphrase is no longer "Primus Sucks!" because the band has gotten tired of it, although it was a tradition that dated back to their first album released in 1990.Credit:
“Jerry Was A Race Car Driver”
Performed by Primus
1991 Courtesy of Interscope Records from Universal Music Enterprises
Written by Les Claypool, Larry Lalonde, Tim Alexander
1991 Published by Sturgeon Publishing (BMI)