Primus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry "Ler" LaLonde and drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander. Primus originally formed in 1984 with Claypool and guitarist Todd Huth, later joined by drummer Jay Lane, though the latter two departed the band at the end of 1988. Featuring LaLonde and Alexander, Primus recorded their debut Suck on This in 1989, followed by four studio albums: Frizzle Fry, Sailing the Seas of Cheese, Pork Soda, and Tales from the Punchbowl. Alexander left the band in 1996, replaced by Bryan "Brain" Mantia, and Primus went on to record the original theme song for the TV show South Park and two more albums, Brown Album and Antipop, before declaring a hiatus in 2000.

In 2003, Claypool and LaLonde reunited with Alexander and released a DVD/EP, Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People, before touring sporadically through 2009. In 2010, Lane rejoined Primus, replacing Alexander, and the band released their seventh album, Green Naugahyde, in 2011. In 2013, Lane left the band to focus on other projects, and Tim Alexander rejoined once again. They have released some of their records on Claypool's own label Prawn Song Records. Primus is characterized by its irreverent, quirky approach to music. Robert Christgau once remarked: "[Primus is] quite possibly the strangest top-10 band ever, and good for them."[1]



The Desaturating Seven
The Desaturating Seven is the ninth studio album by American rock group Primus, released on September 29, 2017.
The Scheme
The Scheme is a song by musical group Primus, released on September 7, 2017.
The Seven
The Seven is a song by musical group Primus, released on August 1, 2017.
Green Naugahyde
Green Naugahyde is the seventh studio album by rock group Primus, released by ATO Records and Prawn Song on September 12, 2011 in Europe, and on September 13, 2011 in the United States.

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Primus and Mastodon Announce Red Rocks Concert
  –  January 29, 2018
Last year Primus, led by bassist Les Claypool, brought the hippies to Red Rocks for an exhilarating show, and today the rock group announced it would be coming back to town for another concert on the Rocks. The concert will take place on Sunday ...
Primus, Mastodon to team up for Pinewood Bowl concert
  –  January 29, 2018
Primus and Mastodon will team up to rock the Pinewood Bowl. Funk-metal and weirdo-rock band Primus will team up with progressive metal band Mastodon to co-headline a summer tour that includes a stop in Lincoln on June 18. Late last year, Primus released ...
Primus, Mastodon announce Les Schwab show
  –  January 29, 2018
Los Angeles duo JJuuJJuu will open the show. Primus, founded in 1984 by bassist, vocalist, primary songwriter and sole constant member Les Claypool, rose to prominence during the alternative rock boom of the ’90s with its bass-heavy sound and off-kilter ...
Primus and Weird Al Yankovic are coming to town (not together)
  –  February 8, 2018
whose adventurous approach to composition made Primus seem almost like a prog band, albeit one recorded after a long night guzzling hard liquor. That definitive lineup has reunited for their first album of original music in over 20 years, The Desaturating ...
Primus and Mastodon coming to Artpark
  –  January 30, 2018
The album marks the return of the definitive Primus line-up—singer/bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde, and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander — for its first album of original music since 1995. Tickets will be available online at ...
Primus and Mastodon coming to Santander Arena
  –  January 29, 2018
The original lineup of Primus - singer/bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry "Ler" LaLonde and drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander - collaborated for its first album of original music since 1995. Check out "The Seven" from "The Desaturating Seven" below.
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