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Riddles Are Abound Tonight

April 1, 1994 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: April 1, 1994
  • Release Date: April 1, 1994
  • Label: Interscope
  • Copyright: (C) 1994 Interscope Records
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  • Total Length: 48:42
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  • ASIN: B001NZ10KU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,575 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Sausage is actually the original lineup of Primus back in the mid/late 80's when they were still going by the name at one point of Primate. That lineup consisted of Les Claypool (bass/lead vocals), Todd Huth (guitar, vocals) and Jay Lane (drums). But sometime around 1988/1989, Todd and Jay quit the band (Todd to raise a family, Jay to pursue jazz with the likes of Charlie Hunter) leaving Les to fill their spots with Larry "Ler" LaLonde (guitar) and Tim "Herb" Alexander (drums). They would end up gaining fame and fortune as the classic lineup of the quirky power trio Primus.

By 1994, Primus had just wrapped up their world tour in support of their 1993 studio effort Pork Soda which was their 2nd studio album and the band went their seperate ways to rest and pursue side-projects. Larry did some stuff with Buckethead and Tim did the very dark (and weird) band Laundry who released the album Blacktongue.

Les, on the other hand, decided to get Jay Lane and Todd Huth back together to give them a chance in the spotlight since he felt a lot of people didn't know that they were Primus before there was Primus.

The result was the very weird and dark 1994 release Riddles are Abound Tonight.

Basically, this album is the original songs that they played together as Primate, even going so far to cut a demo tape back in the mid to late 80's called Sausage, which is where they got their band name for this album. Naturally, their are going to be similarities to Primus due to Les' one-of-a-kind peudo-lead bass work and nasal vocals. But Sausage manages to have its own sound and not just sound like Primus which makes for a refreshing and different listening experience for Primus addicts.
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I just turned thirty! If there has been one musical thread throughout my life, high school, college and now as a dad, it has been Primus. If I wanted to, I could easily define chapters in my life based on the most current Primus release. As a music major in college playing Jazz saxophone, I spent far more time practicing my bass alongside Primus than my sax. That said, for me, "Riddles are Abound Tonight" is hands down, by far, Les' greatest work. This is in no way a comment about Primus. I have room in my heart for more than one band. How did this album almost kill me? The first time I ever heard it was the day it was released on a portable CD player with a tape deck adapter in an 85' GMC Jimmy. I had been a Primus fan for a while and was not sure what to expect. When those first bass notes came through the speakers I quite litterally drove right off the damn road. I managed to save myself from disaster but not before freaking out my girlfriend who was completely oblivious as to just what it was that she was hearing. In fact, she fell asleep. I loved it. I had sausage all to myself for two complete back to back listenings on a long road trip.

I think part of what appeals to me about this album is that with Primus I had sort of been rebelling against my Jazz background, but sausage sort of embraced it in a way. In no small way due to Jay Lane. I wont write reviews of every song because I love them all. I will say however that when I read M. Casey's review of Shattering Song below I got a huge grin on my face because finally someone knows what I am feeling. At least 12 years later I still listen to this album all the time, I still hear new things and I still prefer to listen to it alone. It's sort of like my own little happy place.
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Before Primus as we know it came to be, there was Primate (Jay Lane on drums, Todd Huth on guitar, Les on bass).

Though these guys are much harder to get into than the Primus, they're just as rewarding if not more. Claypool's basslines here are a little busier and not as much the focal point of the music. Todd Huth is an amazing guitarist, better than LaLonde IMHO (he can really make that instrument scream!) and Jay Lane's style of drumming isn't quite as technically impressive as Herb's (it's more based on holding the groove down), but he holds his own very well.

Again: these guys are about 30 times darker and experimental than Primus so this album is NOT recommended as a starting point for Claypoolians. Start off with Frizzle Fry.

1) Prelude to Fear-

Awesome opening to the album, starting off with a sick bassline which is then complimented by a guitar riff that's utterly jaw-dropping. This sounds like it's in a weird time signature. 9/10

2) Riddles are Abound Tonight-

Friggin' amazing track. The 'big' single off the album (supposedly the video inspired Beavis's Corhnolio character). The incredibly foot-stomping bassline's actually a pretty simple octave slap-and-pop (yes, really) which makes this song very easy to hit REPEAT after. 10/10

3) Here's to the Man

I could never really get into this one; it's by far the darkest song on the album about a kid who gets a hold of a gun and accidentally shoots his friend (Claypool's cartoonish vocals seem to make it all the more grim). Though everything here is great technically (Huth's guitar work is probably the best on the album here), nothing's really all that catchy and it's so damn dark I often find myself skipping this one.
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