Primus: Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People (DVD & CD)
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The DVD throws all of the Primus videos up through 'Antipop' at you with the option of hearing commentary by the band. There's also a bunch of live stuff and old clips of the Primus guys screwing around. The entertainment value is inestimable.
This EP has some of the best songs the band has ever concocted on it. "Pilcher's Squad" is pure classic Primus: Bizarro bass up front, squeaking-crunching-flailing guitar, precise drumming holding it all together and Claypool's unmistakable "tweaking carnie barker on the verge of a nervous breakdown" vocal stylings. "The Last Super Power aka Rapscallion" and "My Friend Fats" are the others that stand out to me. But they're all good.
This is great for old tried-and-true fans of Primus as well as people who have never heard them before.
But as is written in the liner notes:
"Careful though, you may end up wearing a 30-pound rubber pig mask, stoned for twelve hours while a circus of human monsters circle around you."
Even the name of their own record label cracks me up: Prawn Song. (If you don't get it, pick up one of the later Led Zeppelin albums to check out the name of Zep's label.)
To be honest, Primus albums almost always make me smile...laugh...and shake my head in amazement at the complexity and virtuosity of the three musicians.
Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People is a return to the good old days with drummer Tim Alexander (who shares recording credits with Brain on this disc). These five songs only total some 29 minutes, but they're all deliciously tongue in cheek with grooves that hooked me from the first listen.
In short, prime Primus.
Although the music on the CD is stellar, what's even cooler about Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People is the DVD included with it. All thirteen of their music videos are present, along with a smorgasbord of special features like live performances, backstage footage, etc.
All told, this 2-disc set may be one of the best values in music today. It's certainly the mother load for any Primus fan.
Speaking of which, if you're into Primus you probably already own Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People. If you're not currently a Primus fan, you might want to buy this because it provides a superb overview of the band's creative history.
Then go see Primus on tour this fall. They're playing two sets, one of which is performing "Sailing the Seas of Cheese" in its entirety.Read more ›
DVD: When you watch this you will know that the utmost care has been taken to bring you this high quality DVD. I really dig the unique layout of the main menu, it looks great and is accentuated with some of Lance "Link" Montoyas weird and very detailed cartoonish sculptures. All of the Primus music videos are here, which is great considering that some of my VHS copies of old Primus videos are very, very worn. There are some of the music videos that contain commentary by the band, "Tommy the Cat", "DMV", "My Name Is Mud", "Jerry Was A Racecar Driver", "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" and "Mr. Krinkle". Not only do you have all that but also you have the "making of...." videos, interviews, live performances and rare stuff that not many people have seen.
So, there you have it. I'm extremely pleased with "Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People" and needless to say if you're reading this you probably will be too. Oh and a quick thanks to my brother-in-law, John, for getting my wife and I tickets to Primus on Oct. 18 your generosity is greatly appreciated.
DVD: (Music videos)
John the Fisherman - 4/5 (stars)
Too Many Puppies - 4.5/5
Jerry Was a Race Car Driver - 3.5/5
Tommy the Cat - 5/5
My Name is Mud - 4.5/5
Mr. Krinkle - 5/5
DMV - 2.5/5
Wynona's Big Brown Beaver - 5/5
Southbound Pachyderm - 3/5
Shake Hands with Beef - 3/5
Over the Falls - 2/5
Lacquer Head - 4/5
The Devil Went Down to Georgia - 3/5
DVD BONUS MATERIALS - 3/5
CD: (New Studio Recordings)
The Carpentar and the Dainty Bride - 3.5/5
Pilcher's Squad - 3/5
Mary the Ice Cube - 4.5/5
The Last Superpower aka Rapscallion - 4/5
My Friend Fats - 4.5/5
All in all this album just plain ROCKS!!!
I recommend to anyone!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dvd is useless, does not play in my dvd player because it is a pal dvd. Guess I overlooked that bit of info when purchasing, but dvd is useless regardless. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Thomas Joseph Pellegrini
So excited to be able to replace my husband's copy of this!Published 20 months ago by Bethany Baracosa
This gave me the false impression that this was a DVD of a performance. Not so. This is cartoon scribbles with music in the background. Read morePublished on June 18, 2014 by cynthia g wood
If you are a fan of Primus you will love this album because of its tracks and it supplementary music DVD which is the real treat.Published on January 18, 2013 by Greg R
This DVD is amazing, its packed with rare live footage, interviews and just about every Primus music video officially produced from every era of the band. Read morePublished on September 23, 2011 by Justin