Frizzle Fry

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Frizzle Fry
Primus-Frizzle Fry.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 7, 1990 (1990-02-07)
RecordedDecember 1989
StudioDifferent Fur, San Francisco, CA, USA
ProducerPrimus, Matt Winegar
Primus chronology
Suck on This
Frizzle Fry
Sailing the Seas of Cheese
Singles from Frizzle Fry
  1. "John the Fisherman"
    Released: May 17, 1990
  2. "Too Many Puppies"
    Released: July 26, 1990
  3. "Mr. Knowitall"
    Released: 1990

Frizzle Fry is the debut studio album recorded by the band Primus. The album was recorded in December 1989 and released on February 7, 1990.


Released in 1990 on Caroline Records, it features the band's first single and minor radio hit "John the Fisherman". It was remastered in 2002, after the original had been out of print for years, and was released on Prawn Song Records. The remaster includes an extra track, named "Hello Skinny/Constantinople", a cover of the tracks "Hello Skinny" and "Constantinople" by The Residents.

"You Can't Kill Michael Malloy" is an excerpt from the Spent Poets song of the same name. The album's producer, Matt Winegar, who also recorded and produced Suck on This, was a member of the group, and a clip is featured just before "The Toys Go Winding Down". The beginning of "To Defy the Laws of Tradition" is an excerpt from the song "YYZ" by the band Rush on their album Moving Pictures, sampled from the live version of "John the Fisherman" which appears on Suck on This. Another Suck on This sample also appears at the end of "Groundhog's Day"; the "Hey hey, Bob Cock here!" spoken intro from that album's version.

"Too Many Puppies" has been adopted by some sports venues as bumper music.[citation needed] The track "John the Fisherman" was used in the video game Guitar Hero II.[3]

Live performance[edit]

The album was performed live in its entirety on the band's Hallucino-Genetics Tour in 2004 and few more times in 2010.[4] During the Hallucino-Genetics Tour, "You Can't Kill Michael Malloy" was featured in its entirety as a short set break, as opposed to merely the excerpt that appears on the album.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[5]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[6]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(1-star Honorable Mention)[7]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[9]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing the album for AllMusic, Ned Raggett notes that "it's pretty easy to see in retrospect how much of a melange went into the group's work. Nods but thankfully few outright steals to everything from Frank Zappa's arch humor and Funkadelic's sprawl to the Police's early, spare effectiveness crop up and, indeed, so does plenty of Metallica." He contends that "something about Frizzle Fry is ultimately and perfectly of its time and place."[5] Robert Christgau simply describes the album as "Don Knotts Jr. joins the Minutemen."[11]

In 2015, Claypool ranked Frizzle Fry as his favorite Primus album.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Les Claypool; all music composed by Primus, except where noted..

No.TitleMusicGuitar melodies byLength
1."To Defy the Laws of Tradition" Huth6:42
2."Groundhog's Day" Huth4:58
3."Too Many Puppies"  3:57
4."Mr. Knowitall"  3:51
5."Frizzle Fry" Huth6:04
6."John the Fisherman" Huth3:37
7."You Can't Kill Michael Malloy" (performed by Matt Winegar)Winegar 0:25
8."The Toys Go Winding Down"  4:35
9."Pudding Time" Huth4:08
10."Sathington Willoughby" (Title misspelled as “Sathington Willoby” on back cover)  0:24
11."Spegetti Western"  5:43
12."Harold of the Rocks" Huth6:17
13."To Defy" Huth0:36
Total length:51:17


Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.[13]



Additional musicians[edit]

  • Todd Huth – acoustic guitar on "The Toys Go Winding Down"
  • Sathington Willoughby Orchestra
    • Les Claypool a.k.a. "Snap" – banjo, string bass
    • Larry LaLonde a.k.a. "Chunker" – archtop acoustic guitar
    • Tim Alexander a.k.a. "Herb" – toy organ
    • Matt Winegar a.k.a. "Exxon" – toy piano
    • Todd Huth – acoustic guitar


  • Primus – production
  • Matt "Exxon" Winegar – production (except "Hello Skinny/Constantinople")
  • Ron Rigler – engineering
  • Matt Murman – second engineer
  • Stephen Marcussen – remastering

Visual Art[edit]



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  3. ^ "Guitar Hero II Final Tracklist Revealed". IGN. 2006-10-09. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  4. ^ "Interview with Les Claypool of Primus: Odd Man Out | The Aquarian Weekly". 2010-10-08. Retrieved 2013-03-01.
  5. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Frizzle Fry – Primus". AllMusic. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  6. ^ Kot, Greg (August 16, 1990). "Primus: Frizzle Fry (Caroline)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Primus: Frizzle Fry". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  8. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Primus". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958.
  9. ^ Kot, Greg (2004). "Primus". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 654. ISBN 9780743201698.
  10. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). "Primus". Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 9780679755746.
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (January 29, 1991). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  12. ^ Jones, Bill. "Rank Your Records: Les Claypool Rates Primus' Albums". Noisey. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  13. ^ Frizzle Fry (remastered edition, liner notes). Primus. Prawn Song Records. 2002.

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