My Name Is Mud
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|"My Name Is Mud"|
|Single by Primus|
|from the album Pork Soda|
|Genre||Alternative metal, funk metal, progressive rock, experimental rock|
|Primus singles chronology|
"My Name Is Mud" is a song by the American rock band Primus and is the first single from the 1993 album Pork Soda. The lyrics are written from the point of view of a blue-collar man, Alowishus Devadander Abercrombie, who has murdered his friend after an argument. The song samples the line "Where are you goin' city boy?" from the film Deliverance.
The track's title refers to a common derogatory phrase that implies its recipient is "a stupid, twaddling fellow".
When the track was played by the band at Woodstock '94, members of the crowd threw mud at them. The band stopped playing and Les Claypool proceeded to make fun of the crowd, before playing the rest of the song.
In 2010, Primus released a new version of the track sung entirely in Spanish under the title "Me Llamo Mud".
- "Pork Chop's Little Ditty" - 0:21
- "My Name Is Mud" - 4:47
In 1993, the band released a music video for "My Name Is Mud", directed by Mark Kohr. The video features Claypool playing the character of Abercrombie speaking directly to the camera, intercut with footage of the band performing outdoors, silhouetted by sunset, and scenes of Bob Cock visiting a health spa, at which he takes a mud bath and sits in a crowded sauna before accepting and drinking a glass of Pork Soda, referencing the album of the same name. The video received heavy airplay on MTV and was given a positive review by Beavis and Butt-head, who have since identified this song with the band.
Me Llamo Mud
|"Me Llamo Mud"|
|Single by Primus|
|Released||November 30, 2010|
On November 30, 2010, Primus released a download-only single titled "Me Llamo Mud". This is a new recording of "My Name Is Mud" with Claypool singing the lyrics entirely in Spanish. This version was recorded live in the band's rehearsal space in a similar fashion to their recent June 2010 Rehearsal EP.
- Les Claypool - vocals, bass
- Larry LaLonde - guitar
- Jay Lane - drums
Origin of the Expression
The origin of the expression comes in the form of an insult. “Your name is mud” is commonly thought to have originated from the treatment of Abraham Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth by one Dr. Samuel Mudd. However, the Oxford English dictionary claims that the expression pre-dates Lincoln's assassination. 
The Poet, Sylvia Plath, used the expression "My name is mud" in a diary entry, dated March 11th 1956. She was describing a late night visit to her dormitory window by two Cambridge friends, one of whom was her future husband, Ted Hughes. She wrote:
"But last night they came, at two in the morning Phillippa said. Throwing mud on her window, saying my name, the two mixed: mud and my name; my name is mud."
|US Billboard Alternative Songs||9|
- "Your name is mud". The Phrase Finder.