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Primus Blame It On The Fish: An Abstract Look At The 2003 Primus Tour De Fromage

By Charlie Steffens aka Gnarly Charlie, Writer/Photographer
Tuesday, January 23, 2007 @ 7:23 PM


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After seven years apart, Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde and Tim Alexander reunited in 2003 as Primus once again and rule the world…well, tour the world, maybe. As whacked and zany as the trio appears to be, particularly bassist Les Claypool, Primus has always been more interested in making great music and getting a few laughs than chasing rock stardom. Guitarist Larry LaLonde explains his point of view on what matters to him and his bandmates: “It’s just fun. We never really thought about…what can we do to get famous? …actually I never even thought the band would really go anywhere as far as popularity too much…” Musicians’ musicians, Primus is held in high regard by their peers and a myriad of alternative rock/metal fans worldwide.

Blame It On The Fish is an in-depth look and listen of Primus during the 2003 Tour De Fromage. The DVD documents the reunion tour in clips of band members’ commentary, strange skits, wild imagery, and live music footage. The DVD is a feature film, 70 minutes long and includes 90 minutes of bonus material. The phenomenal bass-playing magic of Claypool is shown in various clips throughout the film. He’s masked and unmasked, wearing different costumes, stroking upright basses with a bow in trademark Claypool fashion. While being the main focus of the film, in performance and commentary, the humble Claypool doesn’t appear to believe his own press, although he has long been regarded as one of the best bassists in the world. Those with a short attention span or who get bored watching a continuous concert, song after song, will like how in this DVD plays out. Instead of showing a song being played live in its entirety, different live clips and commentary break the monotony, keeping the film in a documentary style.

Accompanying the bonus material is a 30-minute futuristic “mockumentary” about the band, set in the year 2065. A 102-year-old Claypool is being interviewed in a sanatorium, giving an introspective view as a member of the band, and all of the sweet memories of the Primus maniacal, musical journey. He warmly mentions the unique chemistry of the trio and how they bring out the Primus in each other –for good or bad.

If you watch Blame It On The Fish once, you’ll watch it again.

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