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Frizzle Fry [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

PrimusAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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Primus and the Chocolate Factory:
”There’s no earthly way of knowing, which direction we are going…”

In the summer of 1971, Primus’ Les Claypool was a couple months shy of his eighth birthday when David L. Wolper’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory debuted in movie theaters; based on the Roald Dahl book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Like ... Read more in Amazon's Primus Store

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  • Audio CD (April 23, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Prawn Song
  • ASIN: B0000645KT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,723 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. To Defy the Laws of Tradition
2. Groundhog's Day
3. Too Many Puppies
4. Mr. Know It All
5. Frizzle Fry
6. John the Fisherman
7. You Can't Kill Michael Malloy - Winegar, Matt
8. The Toys Go Winding Down
9. Pudding Time
10. Sathington Willoby
11. Spegetti Western
12. Harold of the Rocks
13. To Defy
14. Helly Skinny/Constantinople (bonus track)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frizzle Fry is the greatest Primus album ever!! June 5, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
In 1989 a trio of Les Claypool (bass, vocals) Larry LaLonde (guitar) and a drummer named Herb released "Suck on this", a live album that spawned an underground horde of fans. Not long after came "Frizzle Fry". Primus is the most original, funk/thrash band to exist. And "Frizzle Fry" is without a doubt, the BEST PRIMUS ALBUM EVER! Most people who hear Primus for the first time can be caught off guard by Les Claypools cartoonish vocals, but when you listen to the album a few times, you will be amazed at how much you'll love it! The album captures all the slap pop bass and wacky sound that makes Primus different from the regular trendy music of today, and because of this originality, YOU WILL NEVER GET TIRED OF FRIZZLE FRY!
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57 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't know why my last review was rejected. January 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
All I wrote about was the sheer joy of this album. I remember jamming in my basement on Groundhog Day for hours. This is great music. GREAT MUSIC! It's so innocent. It's so positive! And so much fun. So, to the early 20's student type who says these guys are "way overrated", I have news for you. You are lame. You're bitter because no one wants to hear John Zorn or Bela Fleck, or Wanko Pastorius. I mean, I've seen Victor Wooten waste the time of 3,000 people who wanted only to dance. And Jaco Pastorius was simply a (rhymes with tanker, starts with w) who couldn't loosen up enough to be half-interesting. This, however, is a band that took polyrhythm, polytonality, mad-chops-of-the-non-Bach-n-Roll-school, and a silly sci-fi sense of humor and made it all cool. Nerds, hippies, jocks, artists, stoners all got into this band. It was wonderful! It was populism on the move! It was the early nineties and things were good. As history writes its little footnote on the early days of this great band, many things will be forgotten. They will be pigeonholed as a cross between Rush and Zappa. No one will remember a delirious crowd shouting "Primus Sucks!", or the mosh pits that were actually fun and basically safe to be in. Long gone will be the good-natured chuckle of that "Damn blue-collared tweeker" who made us all feel a bit better. But I'll never forget the great times I've had with this raw, wild, pure music. They're not overrated. Being a sad, hateful snob with no sense of joy or humor is overrated. Anyone who can create fun interesting music for a diverse fan base is doing something very right. Hatin' on Primus is very wrong. If you see these: [ ], this review has been doctored.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Sick September 4, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Having spent the last 15 years in the pursuit of a medical degree, I was forced to give up one of my loves, which is kicking back and listening to music. Much of the late 80s, and 90s I missed out on. So When my wife's daughter came to live with us, I completely raided her CD collection, and discovered this collection of disks by a band called 'Primus.' I can't believe this band came and went and I missed them. Some of the best music I have heard in years. It seems that rock was in pretty good hands through the 90s with musicians like these guys. Such a great funky groove, I bet they were a trip in concert. Oh well, onto my step daughter's collection. Who is this band, 'Tool?'...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I do believe in Captain Crunch August 21, 2004
By stu
Format:Audio CD
Frizzle Fry is still my favorite Primus album. "To defy the laws of tradition is a crusade only of the brave." And Les and friends are truly brave. With this recording, Primus invented a sound all their own. Les Claypool's style is so unconventional and Tim Alexander is one of the most innovative drummers in the business. Together, they created some extremely original grooves. It's a kind of funk metal hybrid, but primarily, it's just Primus.

Although Alexander is really the best player here, Claypools originality catapulted him to Bass Icon. I think it was cool to see someone like Less get some credit for doing something unique with the instrument. Most bass icons are technically brilliant, but ultimately musically lacking players like Victor Wooten or Billy Sheehan or whomever.

This is the best Primus recording. The live release, "Suck on This," is also great, as is "Sailing the Seas of Cheese," albeit in a completely different way. "Pork Soda" has it's incredible moments, but I lost interest after that. After Brain Replaced Tim Alexander, the band lost something. Frizzle Fry is Primus at its freshest and most unabashed. It still sounds relevant all these years later.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky but energetic bass romps from Claypool and friends November 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
One of the goofiest yet outstanding bands I ever heard on the college radio at NMSU was Primus. I nearly got to see them, but more on that later. Les Claypool's thundering electric and string bass is complimented with some downright catchy stomping punk-metal riffs by Larry LaLonde, quirky and goofy lyrics, and supporting percussion by Tim Alexander, which didn't make Primus the Les Claypool Experience.

Just from the title, "To Defy The Laws of Tradition" is a winner, while asking some interesting questions, such as who is worse, someone who murders someone, or someone who decided not to pay the taxman coming to town? A witty lyric that is a howler is why do brides wear virgin white? Most do not deserve that right." So, what should they wear, sl-t silver or already-slept aquamarine? The song cuts in midsection with some quirky bassing and Les's vocal mumblings, before going back full force.

Two songs here can be considered classic Primus. One, possibly my favourite Primus song, is the manic grind stomp of "Too Many Puppies," which I initially considered a triumph of crazy style, especially with that ringing triangle. However, on closer examination, it's a sober look at the effects militarization has on the youth. One lyric in particular made me shake my head in wonder, as it predicted the Gulf War-this album was released February 1990: "too many puppies are trained not to bark at the sight of blood that must be spilled that we may maintain our oil fields." Maintain our oil field...gee, didn't something like this happen, uh, two years ago?

The other is "John The Fisherman" the story of how a boy somehow knew that catching fish was his destiny, feeling "alienated by clique society" and grew up to be an ocean fisherman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 day ago by Habets Eddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So classic
Published 3 days ago by milwaukee_bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Primus
This is a classic Primus album. Not that I don't like their newer stuff but it doesn't compare to the raw sound and great song writing of their earlier albums. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Midway 47
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Primus Album ever?
Primus are one of my all time favorite bands, this was the first CD of there's I ever bought, as someone have me a cassette tape of 'Sailing the Seas of Cheese' But this album... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Alef The Thunder Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a work of art
This is one accidental pick a long time ago.Remember Columbia house well I was down to the free picks with no selection and got this. This is classic primus L.C. Read more
Published 15 months ago by John Kind
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
This album has a lot of great songs, if you're a primus fan and don't know this album its a must have.
Published 16 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Primus sucks
Primus sucks. First studio album put out by Primus and probably my favorite. To defy the laws of tradition is a crusade only of the brave. Primus is pretty brave on this album. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Desiree Argyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Never heard bass like this before!
I remember when a bass student brought this in to learn "Defy the laws of Tradition", and I made him lend me the CD so I could listen to the rest of it. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Twang!
5.0 out of 5 stars primus frizzle fry
showed up safe and quick only a few days after i purchased it. still in packaging listen to it everyday
Published 21 months ago by Dr. Hayden R. Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The second release by this group, and one of the best independent releases of our time!! PRIMUS DOES NOT SUCK!!
Published 22 months ago by Kristin Peterson
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