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523 Frizzle Fry by Primus

Frizzle Fry

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Primus, Matt Winegar
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By their debut 1991 studio album Frizzle Fry, Primus had already mastered their strange distillation of funk, metal, and progressive rock

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While much is made of genres like punk breaking through and topping the mainstream of 90s rock, the late 80s success of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Living Colour and Faith No More just as successfully pushed underground/alternative funk metal onto MTV. In 1990, Primus unleashed their twist on the sound with the progressive rock-influenced debut Frizzle Fry. Within a few years, thanks to catchier and catchier tunes paired with creative videos, the band would graduate from Headbanger's Ball to 120 Minutes to daytime rotation, solidifying them as a definitive band of the decade. But what to make of their first studio release, which finds Les Claypool's unendingly inventive approach to bass paired with equally stellar musicians in drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander and guitarist Larry LaLonde. If progressive rock, funk metal, or Claypool's distinct vocal and melodic approach aren't to your taste, is there still something worth checking out?

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - John the Fisherman
  • 18:18 - Too Many Puppies
  • 28:50 - The Toys Go Winding Down
  • 47:45:¬†Harold of the Rocks
  • Outro - To Defy the Laws of Tradition

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