Miscellaneous Debris

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Miscellaneous Debris
Primus Miscellaneous Debris.jpg
EP by Primus
Released March 12, 1992 (1992-03-12)
Recorded 1991
Studio Coast Records, San Francisco, CA
Genre Progressive rock, experimental rock, funk rock
Length 18:07
Label Interscope
Producer Primus
Primus chronology
Sailing the Seas of Cheese
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Miscellaneous Debris
Pork Soda
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Singles from Miscellaneous Debris
  1. "Making Plans for Nigel"
    Released: 1992

Miscellaneous Debris is an EP of five cover songs by Primus, released on March 12, 1992. The entire EP features bassist Les Claypool with his then-new fretless six-string Carl Thompson bass, nicknamed the "Rainbow Bass."


Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

In his review for Allmusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine describes the EP as "Primus' best release". He notes that the band "plays actual songs instead of sketching out a few ideas as an excuse for jamming", which means that "Miscellaneous Debris isn't as weird and alienating as previous albums", concluding that the band's covers "show flashes of brilliance, largely due to the loose yet focused musicianship."[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Miscellaneous Debris peaked at #69 on the Australian ARIA singles chart in May 1994.[2] Although the EP never charted on the Billboard 200, its sole single "Making Plans for Nigel" peaked at #30 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart February 15, 1992.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original artist Length
1. "Intruder" Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel 4:18
2. "Making Plans for Nigel" Colin Moulding XTC 3:35
3. "Sinister Exaggerator" The Residents The Residents 3:37
4. "Tippi Toes" The Meters The Meters 1:16
5. "Have a Cigar" Roger Waters Pink Floyd 5:29
Total length: 18:07


Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.[4]




Visual art[edit]

  • "Snap" – sculpture
  • Mary Scanlan – Photography
  • Paul "Bosco" Haggard – photography



  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Miscellaneous Debris - Primus at AllMusic
  2. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 12 Jun 1994". ARIA. Retrieved 2016-03-07. 
  3. ^ "Primus - Chart history". Billboard.com. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
  4. ^ Miscellaneous Debris (liner notes). Primus. Interscope Records. 1992. 

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