Too Many Puppies

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"Too Many Puppies"
Single by Primus
from the album Frizzle Fry
Released July 26, 1990
Genre Alternative metal, funk metal
Length 3:56
Label Caroline Records (1990)
Prawn Song Records (2002)
Writer(s) Claypool/LaLonde/Alexander
Producer(s) Primus and "Exxon" Matt Winegar
Primus singles chronology
"John the Fisherman"
1990
"Too Many Puppies"
1990
"Mr. Knowitall"
1990

"Too Many Puppies" is a single from the band Primus and the second single from their 1990 studio debut album Frizzle Fry. It was the first Primus song bassist and lead singer Les Claypool ever composed. A reworked version featuring second drummer Bryan "Brain" Mantia can be found on their Rhinoplasty EP.

The song is mostly about the band's reflection on war, and how many soldiers are too young to go off to war, parodying the idea of "the dogs of war" by claiming the dogs are merely puppies. The song was written shortly before the first Persian Gulf War and was about violence in the Middle East during that time period.

A video was in production for this song, but the project was canceled when Primus was signed to Interscope Records. The video has been a rarity until 2003, when it was released on Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People.

Occasionally, when playing the song live, Les Claypool played the opening riff of Metallica's "Master of Puppets" as a bridge before the final verse.

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