Southbound Pachyderm

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"Southbound Pachyderm"
Single by Primus
from the album Tales from the Punchbowl
Released 1995
Genre Alternative rock, funk metal, experimental rock, progressive rock
Length 6:22
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Claypool/LaLonde/Alexander
Producer(s) Primus
Primus singles chronology
"Mrs. Blaileen"
1995
"Southbound Pachyderm"
1995
"Shake Hands With Beef"
1997

"Southbound Pachyderm" is a song by Primus, from their album Tales from the Punchbowl. It is the final single from Primus to feature drummer Tim Alexander.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Southbound Pachyderm (Radio Edit)" - 4:00
  2. "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" - 4:24
  3. "Jerry Was A Race Car Driver" - 3:11
  4. "Those Damned Blue Collar Tweekers" - 5:18
  5. "My Name Is Mud" - 4:40

Background[edit]

The inspiration for the song came from an image that CMJ New Music Monthly said Claypool "couldn't shake ... 'an elephant's ass heading away from you'".[1] The lyrics reference global warming.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song is in entirely stop-motion with the band (in live action) appearing on TV screens. For the stop motion story, it features elephants being stalked by poachers but are saved at the last moment by several scientists. At the climax of the video, the scientists and the elephants (along with some hippos) then escape from their laboratory when the poachers begin to attack via orders from their leader.

Claypool came up with the idea for the video and included regular character Flouncin' Fred.[3] The video reflects Claypool's concern over the conservation status of pachyderms.[4] He and Raub Shapiro co-directed the video. Shapiro had previously produced the video for "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver". Claypool initially worked on storyboards for the video but moved on to foam sculptures when he found that medium easier to express his ideas. Raub then did storyboards, and they handed the work to animators, who used stop motion photography. Animation was slow work; Claypool said that the studio was only able to produce six to ten seconds of footage per day, and the video took six weeks to complete.[5]

Legacy[edit]

Claypool later referenced the song in a pinot noir wine called Purple Pachyderm.[6]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
US Billboard Alternative Songs 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lanham, Tom (August 1995). "Primus". CMJ (24): 18–21. 
  2. ^ Holthouse, David (1995-08-23). "BEAVERS AND PENGUINS AND PACHYDERMS, OH MY!PRIMUS PUTS THE BASS IN YOUR FACE--ALONG WITH DOSES OF INNOVATION AND CARTOON WEIRDNESS". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2015-02-01. 
  3. ^ Prato, Greg (2014). Primus, Over the Electric Grapevine. Akashic Books. p. 196. ISBN 9781617753220. 
  4. ^ Goldberg, Michael (1996-03-08). "Primus' Claypool Readies Video For "Southbound Pachyderm"". MTV. Retrieved 2015-02-01. 
  5. ^ Horak, Terri (1996-04-06). "Band Is Involved with Vid, Enhanced CD". Billboard 108 (14). 
  6. ^ Sweet, Carey (2012-01-29). "Claypool Cellars primed by Primus' Les Claypool". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2015-02-01. 

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