Primus Tracks

By Josh & Frankie

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Primus Tracks chronicles the recordings of the American rock band Primus, one track at a time. Join Frankie and Josh, two superfans, as they create the ultimate Primus tracks companion - a podcast for beginners and hardcore fans alike.

Episode Date
Sgt. Baker
RIGHT! Josh and Frankie march through Sgt Baker and discuss the first official PRIMUS MYSTERY: what are the original lyrics to this track, that one can hear on early live versions?

LEFT! We delve into the herky-jerky music, Tim's drum approach, and the sources of lyrical inspiration, as well as Josh's favorite words to scream.

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Jun 29, 2020
Here Come The Bastards
The bastards are coming, sure. But who are they? What do they want? What's their message? Find out as Josh and Frankie take on this Primus anthem. We get into the odd time signature, Tim's drumming approach, some excellent live versions (some with special guests), and we compare the 1991 and 2013 mixes!

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Jun 23, 2020
Making of Seas Of Cheese with Ron Rigler
Special guest Ron Rigler, who engineered the first four Primus studio releases, joins us to talk about the making of Sailing The Seas Of Cheese, the Primus major label debut. He dishes on the challenges of making the record, how he helped the band achieve its vision, and gives us long-sought information on topics such as:
-the fable 13 minute version of Los Bastardos
-working with Tom Waits
-Tracks left off the record

This one's big, guys! Even Frankie learned some new information! Enjoy!

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Jun 17, 2020
Seas Of Cheese
We're out of the Frizzle Frying pan and into the Seas Of Cheese. We put on our snorkels and explore the origins and recording of the album, and Frankie shares album press kit material. Josh describes his associations to the Seas Of Cheese track, and as usual, we explore live versions, musical and lyrical themes to the Seas Of Cheese track as well as the motifs that permeate this album.

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Jun 14, 2020
Early Days with Joe Gore
The fantastic JOE GORE joins us to talk the 80s SF Bay scene, early Primus, how Les Claypool molded his stage persona, and the Holy Mackerel experience.

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Jun 08, 2020
Harold Of The Rocks & To Defy
We round out Frizzle Fry with the Primus all-timer, Harold of the Rocks. We discuss the differing live versions, which lines are most fun to scream along to at shows, and how it's okay to make mistakes.

Next episode we take one more look back at the early days before it's time to sail the seas of cheese!

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Jun 02, 2020
Sathington Willoughby & Spegetti Western
Josh and Frankie track a goofy segue and a sinister jam that can be overwhelming to the uninitiated. We dissect the music, the lyrics, and the spelling of the titles, and Frankie uncorks a rare demo for us to sample!

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May 25, 2020
Pudding Time (w/ Anthony Garcia!)
It's pudding time, children! Sound engineer and musician Anthony Garcia joins us to break down the musical elements of Pudding Time, and Frankie takes us on a journey through the many iterations of this track over the years. It's an anthem of inspired lunacy on Primus Tracks!

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May 18, 2020
Michael Malloy Goes Winding Down
Josh and Frankie discuss You Can't Kill Michael Malloy, an interlude with a rich history, and The Toys Go Winding Down, another stellar Frizzle Fry track. Frankie brings the history of Michael Malloy and Josh has an insane theory about the lyrics to Toys. Also: live medleys - hot or not?
May 12, 2020
John The Fisherman
John The Fisherman - where to begin? The band's calling card in its early push for airplay outside the Bay Area. Josh and Frankie chart the evolution of the track from the Sausage demo to live performances in the present day, dissect the video, and we pay special attention to some compelling covers of this compact, complex track.

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May 05, 2020
Frizzle Fry (w/ Louis Ortega!)
Louis Ortega joins Josh & Frankie to break down the musical elements of Frizzle Fry's title track, and helps us appreciate its complexities - he even bangs out some riffs on the bass guitar! Settle in and take some notes, because you'll learn a lot about this pinnacle Primus performance.

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Apr 29, 2020
Mr. Knowitall
Frankie knows all about Mr. Knowitall. Josh takes a road trip. We dive deep into this crushing Frizzle Fry track, particularly regarding live performances, but we also discuss the lyrics, music, and wax poetic about why the music of Primus is so deserving of one's ears and mind.

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Apr 24, 2020
Too Many Puppies (w/ Tim Soya!)
Too Many Puppies, you've been tracked. Josh and Frankie break down the first ever Primus song, and get some help from longtime Primus staffer (and Victim's Family drummer!!!) Tim "Soya" Solyan. Soya tells us about the early days in the Bay scene, how Primus popped off, and gives insight into the production behind the creepy version of Puppies on the Rhinoplasty release. Be sure to check out Victim's Family - holy crap, what a band.

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Apr 21, 2020
Groundhog's Day
Josh and Frankie discuss musical & lyrical themes of Groundhog's Day, one of the most widely-performed tunes in the Primus repertoire. Frankie charts the evolution of the song in a live setting, and Josh invites you to get floored.

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Apr 19, 2020
To Defy The Laws Of Tradition
Josh and Frankie take on the towering Frizzle Fry opener, To Defy The Laws Of Tradition - musical and lyrical themes, literary connections, and why this stands as an anthem for Primus and its fans.

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Apr 16, 2020
Suck On This
Josh and Frankie set sail to cover every Primus studio track...but you can't talk about Frizzle Fry without starting at Suck On This. It's unusual for a band's first official release to be a live album - Josh and Frankie delve into the background of the recordingm the Bay Area scene of the 80s, and the tracks themselves.

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Apr 14, 2020