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Pork Soda

PrimusAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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Primus is all about Les Claypool; there isn't a moment on any of their records where his bass isn't the main focal point of the music, with his vocals acting as a bizarre side-show. Which isn't to deny guitarist Larry LaLonde or drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander any credit; no drummer could weave in and around Claypool's convoluted patterns as effortlessly as Alexander, ... Read more in Amazon's Primus Store

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  • Audio CD (April 20, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B000001Y5P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,054 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Corrosive grooves, minimalist noise, and surreal banjo interludes make this weird and not very wonderful. --Jeff Bateman

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60 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More wine plz. March 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Corrosive grooves, minimalist noise, and surreal banjo interludes make this weird, and very very wonderful.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've been to hell, I spell it... I spell it DMV June 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Let's start this track-by-track analysis with a bold, daring "PRIMUS SUCKS."

Now, let's begin.

1. Pork Chop's Little Ditty: Pretty much a twenty-second intro to the album. Nice banjo playing. This track is later revisited in track 14.

2. My Name Is Mud: This may be the best song on the entire album. The story is hilarious (so I kissed him upside the cranium with that aluminum baseball bat), and the bass is very, very well done. But hey, that's Les for ya. Guitar solos (yup, there's two) are pretty damn good as well. Watch the video.

3. Welcome To This World: Interesting song. Great bass intro. Typical Les vocals... then the explosion of bass and drums and guitar, then back into subtlety, then back again, and so it goes. Lyrics are friggin' great. Bass in the middle nearing and during the guitar ambience/solo is great. Pretty good song.

4. Bob: Ah yes, Bob. Bob was a friend who took a belt and hung himself in the doorway of the apartment where he lived. Not a happy story. Very, very low bass. Must have been either a 5 or 6 string. Very unusual guitar licks. The part that starts around 1:18 sounds like something out of a nightmare. Well... maybe. There are a couple of those interludes. Guitar is again very strange sounding. Les's vocals get weirder as they go, until near the end he just kinda loses it.

5. DMV: YES!!! FREAKIN YES!!! How in God's name does he do that with the bass? The drums sound great on this song, and the guitar solo at 3:24 is only made better with the strange improvisation Les does on the bass. He takes his fingers, and taps the frets while he drags the fingers... it's unbelievable. Just listen.

6. The Ol' Diamondback Sturgeon: Hmm... very repetitive. Not sure what to make of this song.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Primus Atempts A Dark Album And...It's Good! December 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This Primus's darkest album. It was quite a shocker to fans of the newly popular band after the release of the fun and out of control 'Sailing The Seas Of Cheese', but people still loved it, and so do I. Although I prefer SSoC I still love this album. Ler LaLonde, one of my favorite and in my opinion the most underrated guitarist of all time, gets a lot more riffs on this album, but it still doesn't get in the way of Les Claypool's bass genius. "Hamburger Train" is one of few songs over 8 minutes long that never gets boring. Also great are "My Name Is Mud", "Welcome To This World", "Bob" "DMV" "Nature Boy" "The Pressman", but all the songs (except Hail Santa, which when you think about it really can't be considered a song) are above average. If you unique, bass driven, alternative rock bands that stand out from the crowd this band and album is for you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing. September 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
There are alot of people hating on this album. You should note that these people probably aren't musicians and have never tried to play the bassline to DMV. Y'see, just attempting that, or listening to the solo near the end of Diamondback Sturgeon just makes me feel like I'm listening to some incredible music.
This was my first Primus album, and remains my favorite after purchasing Antipop (disappointment) and Seas of Cheese (close second to Pork Soda). The first time I listened to the album, I had just picked up the bass (I got a 5 string) and was just dropped at how amazing and complex the bass was. And then I got into the lyrics...
Alot of people lack the ability to really understand what Les is singing about. They think, "Oh, he's singing about a guy who lives alone, this is dumb." To really get the meaning of the songs, you have to THINK.
And then of course after Les Claypool, Ler and Herb are incredible musicians. Ler isn't the best, but he's a damn good guitarist, and Herb manages to snake around Les's basslines like no other drummer could. The double bass drum on Mud is primitive and wonderful sounding.
Standouts on the CD are The Ol' Diamondback Sturgeon, Hamburger Train, Wounded Knee, My Name is Mud, and DMV.
Definitely check out this cd.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Abnormal, yes. October 11, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
First, let me quote Jeff Bateman of when he says "Corrosive grooves, minimalist noise, and surreal banjo interludes make this weird and not very wonderful." Remove the word not, and I agree completely. In no way candy coated or even really explained, through the use of glib, off the cuff pseudo-folk tales, Pork Soda contains some simple lessons that you dont learn in school. Feeding off of the insanity and strange coping mechanism we are all familiar with to some degree, the moods that this album reeks of are ones people, for better or worse, tend to leave alone. This album fearlessly dives right into the dark side of the collective American psyche (as do most original Primus works) and addresses it with a twinge of insane glee that leaves one with a loss of equilibrium and one step closer to the underworld of America that is its greatest source of art. But the album isnt even all that, for example The Ol' Diamondback Sturgeon. The feel of this song is so transcendentally stoned that I bet the great Les himself had difficulty getting it all out. Fortunately for the listener, he just trusts his instincts and lets 'er rip. The song is all Primus, melding the sounds of Appalachia and India to tell so well the story of catching a fish, from the fishes perspective. The instrumental percussion song Wounded Knee, more of a segway than a song, is in no way corrosive or minimalist, but rather a soothing little diddly that most definitely seems to have its place, a relief from the intense visions on the first half of the album, and a pat on the back to go on. In Bob and Nature Boy, Les creates characters and stories that give a twisted and lighthearted look at dementia, making the listener laugh and cringe at the same time. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Any fan of great bass playing needs this.
This album helped define and inspire my bass playing when it came out. It is quite hilarious, lyrically, and a crazy musical tapestry of excellence. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Terry Lee Richards II
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Love love love it
Published 2 months ago by V. Shull
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Published 2 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars cant ask for better
There awesome different kind of rock the kind to draw you in and just make you keep listening to them for days
Published 4 months ago by cody cummins
5.0 out of 5 stars Primus Pork Soda
I love this cd I've been listening to them since they came out in the early 90's, if you love metal music this is a must have for your collection.
Published 7 months ago by Stacey
5.0 out of 5 stars Pork Soda,180 gram Vinyl.
Excellent album.Sounds so much better than my old cassette.The bass just blows me away.Buy it already!!!! Read more
Published 9 months ago by NIGELG
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
The CD was in perfect condition - no scratches, fingerprints, nothing. The case was slightly scratched and smudged from handling, but it was listed as 'used-good' so i expected... Read more
Published 10 months ago by cassandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome album! Every one should own!
If you are a fan of music....dig this! Awesome album all around. A must for all Primus fans! One of their best!
Published 15 months ago by Jeremy Verveer
5.0 out of 5 stars A strange but brilliant hard rock/funk metal masterpiece
If you are reading this review, it is likely for one or both of two reasons: A) You heard "My Name Is Mud" on the radio and thought "dang, is that catchy! Read more
Published 20 months ago by A. Stutheit
4.0 out of 5 stars Music for Hubby
I purchased this item for my husband as a replacement to a lost copy. He is a fan of Primus and this is one of their best CDs. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Kimberly D. Stearns
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