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“They Can’t All Be Zingers” by Primus

Artist: Primus
Title: “They Can’t All Be Zingers”
Label: Interscope Records
Release Date: 10/17/2006
Genre: Progressive Funk Rock
Rating: 4/5

I never claimed to be someone who “got” or even understood what Primus was all about, but despite this the level of technical prowess and musical drive was all too apparent to me even as a quasi-fan. This strange little combo of musicians formed by Les Claypool were a band that was given a chance by Interscope Records’ Tom Whalley and his creative vision allowed the band to create their style as they were pretty much let loose to do as they would on an unsuspecting music buying public. It was a group that was up against the likes of Guns ‘N Roses and all the Seattle stuff that was a brewing at the time and with releases like “Sailing The Seas Of Cheese” and “Pork Soda” you could tell that Claypool was doing it with tongue firmly in cheek. Lyrically, they were quite absurd but musically it was sheer brilliance as Claypool laid down riffs on the bass that the most seasoned of Progressive and Experimental players would only hope to do night after night. “They Cant All Be Zingers” is a perfect way to enjoy some of their best material if you were an existing fan and it is also a great manner to find yourself educated on this very unique brand of music if you are among the unaware. The CD features music from across all the bands releases and features the talented technical wizardry of Claypool, Larry LaLonde (guitar) and Tim Alexander (drums).
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