Where’s Bob C Cock?

Primus have returned from their hiatus with a new album, ‘Green Naugahyde’.

The first Primus album I sampled was ‘Rhinoplasty’ after Dad bought it for a few dollars at one of those cheap-books-and-CDs events at Geoff’s Shed. And yeah, that strange mix of slap-bass, eclectic-electric guitar, hard-hitting drums and redneck-strained vocals blared from my earphones throughout my high school days. Why, I recall listening to ‘Frizzle Fry’ on my first MP3 player that boasted a whopping 31.22mb. Before I expanded the storage capacity (an additional 64mb (or 128mb) via SD slot) I couldn’t even fit an entire album on the device.

Much has changed (or has it?). My musical storage capacity far exceeds my needs so there’s plenty of space for ‘Green Naugahyde’. This album is a pleasant combination of familiar Primus tropes and echoes some of Claypool’s other projects. “Tragedy’s A’ comin’” is reminiscent of ‘Ballad of Bodacious’ from the ‘Brown Album’ while the quirky track ‘Eternal Consumption Engine’ sounds very similar to the improv jamming sessions of the intro to ‘The Toys go Winding Down’ from ‘Frizzle Fry’.

Overall, the songs are refined and the album plays smoothly. However, after listening to ‘Green Naugahyde’ I revisited Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains’ ‘The Big Eyeball in the Sky’ and the live sets of Les Claypool’s Fearless Frog Brigade. The one thing that ‘Green Naugahyde’ lacked was the long-winded solos that the Primus crew excel at. Yes, there are some solos in there but they’re not as epic as their live material (Hallucinogenetics Tour) or as interesting as the ‘Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People’ album.

Here’s a long-winded snack from ‘The Big Eyeball in the Sky’.

‘Green Naugahyde’ is like ‘The Wall’ and almost any album by Mike Oldfield because the music should be enjoyed in its entirety from start to finish. It is difficult to pick the awesome song because they all do their part to construct a consistently entertaining soundscape. This is what differentiates Primus’ latest offering from their discography, which is good because it’s something new and simultaneously bad because ‘Green Naugahyde’ doesn’t quite surpass its predecessors. Regardless, Primus sucks [sic].

If I was to pick that awesome song—and completely ignore how you should listen to ‘Green Naugahyde’ (I like writing green naugahyde)—then I would choose ‘Extinction Burst

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