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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 (September 13, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATO RECORDS / RED
  • ASIN: B005E7AOHI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,165 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

Influential alternative rock icons Primus are back with their first album of brand new music since 1999's Antipap. The new album is entitled Green Naugahyde. Primus will be hitting the road in support of the new album - headlining their own shows, festivals (Hangout, Bonnaroo, All Good Festival) and playing legendary venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheatre on August 3rd with old friends The Flaming Lips.

Primus formed in the late '80s in Northern California, releasing their first album, Suck On This, in 1989. They Signed to Caroline Records and released the now-classic Frizzle Fry in 1990. As part of the alternative rock explosion of the '90s, the band signed to Interscope and gave the world some of the biggest records of the decade, including Sailing The Seas Of Cheese, Pork Soda, Tales From The Punchbowl and The Brown Album, had several Billboard top 10 debuts, garnered a Grammy nomination and wrote the internationally loved and enduring theme song for 'South Park'.

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A must have for Primus fans.
This album is good but it seems like it takes a lot from the other Primus songs.
This is a great album and the direction the band chose to take.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Herbert West on September 13, 2011
Format: Audio CD
While the classic bass grooves you would expect from Les Claypool are present,expect the new batch of Primus songs to be much more experimental in nature. The structure of these songs are less "rock" and more "jam", if you know what I mean. My only gripe (and it's a small one), is that I think Les overdid the funk bass effect that was pretty much all over their 2003 EP. It would have been nice to have some more clean tone bass sounds, but he uses that noodley sound all over the place. It should also be noted that Claypool's vocals are drenched in effects and pretty low in the mix throughout the whole album. Its kind of a spacey record in places.

The biggest bummer would probably be that Larry LaLonde seems a bit neutered on this record, like he wasn't given much to do. He does his usually tricks and licks, but nothing like the work he did on Frizzle Fry or even Brown album. Jay Lane finally makes his long awaited debut on a Primus record. Pretty wild considering he was their drummer before Herb. He is just as amazing as Herb in my opinion and is a master at hi-hat action

It didn't blow me a way, but I must say this is a fine album from a band I never thought would record again. It certainly blows away Anti-Pop, but I cannot say it's better than Brown Album or Punchbowl. I can't complain about the lyrics being silly because they always have been, hah. Bottom line, this is a great record that is only somewhat similar to their early stuff ( I disagree that this sounds anything like Frizzle Fry). If you like the more experimental side of the band like what you heard on the 2003 EP, then this will be a great addition to your collection.

Fun album.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Mcintosh on September 13, 2011
Format: Audio CD
It's been a long 12 years waiting for a full length album!!! I've been a fan since the early 90's and enjoy anything Les does. That being said this record has a Les solo project sound. Which isn't a bad thing. It is nice to hear that Larry tone again. That is what sets it apart from Les solo projects. Enter Jay Lane...Man, this guy has got some serious chops!!! Probably because he was actually the first drummer for Primus...and yes before Tim. To me this record has a Tales from the Punchbowl kick to it. With solo jamming. The Metal/Thrash element is gone. If you're expecting the early Primus sound you might be disappointed. But I would still tell you to buy it!!!!
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By voyagemaiden on September 13, 2011
Format: Audio CD
While the songs on Green Naugahyde seem to have more in common with Les Claypool's solo material than classic Primus albums such as Sailing the Seas of Cheese and Pork Soda, the material here is no less worthy. It is great to finally have a complete album under the Primus moniker, with Larry Lalonde's outstanding guitar playing and amazing original drummer Jay Lane alongside Les Claypool. The songs are interesting and performed very well as you would expect. One note - this album may quality as a grower so don't be quick to judge. Give it several listens before making your mind up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. D. Kelly on September 15, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Primus is still as bonkers as it was when its anti-war single, "Too Many Puppies," hit college radio airwaves in 1990, and caused the alt-rock world to sit up and take notice of the furious manner in which it could bend genres.

For evidence of the weirdness at play, one need look no further than the song titles on "Green Naugahyde": Two include "salmon men" and one is named "Eyes of the Squirrel." There are also shout-outs to Octomom and piano-playing cats, and a rarely executed "fester" / "child molester" rhyme.

But what keeps this boat afloat is the hop-skipping, jingly jangly sound that refuses to settle down into any definable category. There are elements of metal, funk and prog at play, but the only constant is singer/bassist Les Claypool's carnival barker's bark. Claypool describes his band's sound as "psychedelic polka," and that's as fitting as any other attempt at a quick explanation.

There's no denying on this outing that Claypool's concentration on side projects over the past decade has changed the East Bay band's tempo. Reintroduced drummer Jay Lane, who last played in Primus when it was still making demos, also gives the music new heft, bringing aboard a heavy background in jazz and funk.

"Green Naugahyde," the band's seventh, and its first studio album in 12 years, is a more laid-back affair than Primus of yore. It's also the band's best release since 1993's "Pork Soda," with which it shares the affinity for letting tunes air-dry.

Musical interludes -- and there are lots of them -- come across more as jams than dexterity-defying exercises, one example being the entire jaw-dropping "Extinction Burst," a malleable slice of space rock that wades into Bill Bruford-Bela Fleck waters.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kevin H. Dudley on September 14, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I've been a huge Primus fan since late 1991 when I was given their classic release from that year "Sailing the Seas of Cheese" as a Christmas gift from a co-worker where I worked at that time while a junior in high school. As a long time bass player, I was instantly hooked on Les Claypool's highly original and influential bass playing that really made me re-evaluate what the bassist's role in a band could be. In addition to making the jump from a 4 to 6 string bass,I promptly picked up 1990's "Suck on This" and "Frizzle Fry" and was instantly hooked. I also loved their 1992 covers E.P. "Miscellaneous Debis" along with 1993's "Pork Soda" and 1995's "Tales from the Punchbowl". Punchbowl would be the last release until 2003 to feature amazing drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander who would quit the band after the tour for the tour.

I was much less enamored with their 1997 album "Brown Album", 1998's covers release "Rhinoplasty" and 1999's "AntiPop" that all featured drummer Brian "Brain" Mantia as they just didn't have the magic quality that their output with Herb behind the kit had. I was thrilled when Primus after a 4 years hiatus reunited with Herb on the 2003 five song E.P. "Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People" and saw them twice on that subsequent tour. And then there was no more new Primus material of any sort until 9/13/11. During that period Les would release increasingly hit/miss solo efforts & side projects while Primus would only release a single disc career retrospective in 2006 called "They Can't all Be Zingers" that didn't feature any new songs.
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Primus sounds hungry again on "Green Naugahyde"
Been spinnin' it for about a week straight. It grows and grows on you like cilocybin. I dig it alot!! Just waiting for my green vinyl to arrive. It does have a mix of the past with a hopeful look to the future of MORE Primus. Jay is a badass funky drummer and in my opinion should never have left... Read More
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