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Primus On World Cafe | January 6, 2012

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Formed in 1984, Primus is best known for its irreverent funk-metal style, which came to dominate radio airwaves in the '90s. Since releasing its official debut in 1989, the band has experienced lineup changes over the years, but one important element has remained constant: the spiraling bass lines of lead singer and bassist Les Claypool. Throughout the '90s, Primus grew a cult following, then burst into the mainstream with releases like 1993's Pork Soda. The group also wrote the now-classic opening theme for South Park before going on hiatus in 2000. Primus re-formed in 2009, and has just released Green Naugahyde, its first full-length record in more than a decade.

Green Naugahyde relies heavily on a classic but re-energized Primus sound. Sometimes, complementary bass and drum lines pull the listener into Claypool's avant-garde social commentary; other moments are more lighthearted, as he sings about the joys of cars and fishing. Hear Primus perform songs from its latest record on this installment of World Cafe.(link)


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Dave Matthews Band "Tripping Billies" Crash
Girls "Honey Bunny" Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Teenage Fan Club "The Concept" Bandwagonesque

((Primus "Lee Van Cleef" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Primus "Lee Van Cleef" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Primus "Tragedy's A' Comin'" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Primus "Jilly's on Smack" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Delicate Steve "Welcome-Begin" Wondervisions))

Frank Zappa "Peaches En Regalia" Hot Rats
Air "Sonic Armada" Le Voyage Dans La Lune
Cults "Go Outside" Cults
The Kills "Baby Says" Blood Pressures

Hour 2

Florence & The Machine "Shake It Out" Ceremonials
The Youngbloods "Darkness, Darkness" Best of the Youngbloods
Robert Plant & The Band of Joy "Angel Dance" Band of Joy
Sharon Van Etten "Serpents" Tramp
Calexico "Two Silver Trees" Carried To Dust

((Aimee Mann "31 Today" Smilers))

Aimee Mann "Put Me On Top" Whatever
Blind Pilot "Keep You Right" We Are the Tide
Death Cab For Cutie "Doors Unlocked and Open" Codes and Keys
New Order "Love Vigilantes" Low-Life
Peter Bjorn & John "Second Chance" Gimmee Some

((Staff Benda Bilili "Sala Keba" Tres Tres Fort))

Jimmy Cliff "Ruby Soho" Sacred Fire EP
The Clash "Police On My Back" Sandanista
Michael Penn "Brave New World" March

((The War On Drugs "Coast Reprise" Wagonwheel Blues))