Primus discography

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Primus discography
Studio albums 8
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 1
Video albums 7
Music videos 16
EPs 4
Singles 21

This is a discography for the American rock band Primus. For individual songs, see the category listing.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
1990 Frizzle Fry 153
1991 Sailing the Seas of Cheese 116 100 US: Platinum[12]
1993 Pork Soda
  • Released: April 20, 1993
  • Label: Interscope
7 54 46 45 56 US: Platinum[12]
1995 Tales from the Punchbowl
  • Released: May 23, 1995
  • Label: Interscope
8 8 33 101 US: Gold[12]
CAN: Gold[13]
1997 Brown Album
  • Released: July 8, 1997
  • Label: Interscope
21 34 14 99 180
1999 Antipop
  • Released: October 19, 1999
  • Label: Interscope/Prawn Song
44 33 39
2011 Green Naugahyde
  • Released: September 12, 2011
  • Label: ATO/Prawn Song
15 84 95 27 21 100 62 74 115
2014 Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble
  • Released: October 21, 2014
  • Label: ATO/Prawn Song
17 148
"—" denotes a release that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details
1989 Suck on This
  • Released: November 1989
  • Label: Prawn Song/Caroline
  • formats: CS, CD

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
1992 Miscellaneous Debris
  • Released: March 12, 1992
  • Label: Interscope
1998 Rhinoplasty
  • Released: August 11, 1998
  • Label: Interscope/Prawn Song
106 81 97 ?
2003 Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People
  • Released: October 7, 2003
  • Label: Interscope/Prawn Song
44 US: Platinum[12]
2010 June 2010 Rehearsal
  • Released: August 5, 2010
  • Label: Prawn Song
"—" denotes a release that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
2006 They Can't All Be Zingers
  • Released: October 17, 2006
  • Label: Interscope

Video albums[edit]

Year Album details Certifications
1992 Cheesy Home Video
1998 Horrible Swill: A Tawdry Look at Primus on the Road in 1998
  • Released: March 3, 1998
  • Label: Fan club exclusive
  • Format: VHS
  • Released: December 29, 1998
  • Label: Interscope/Prawn Song
  • Format: VHS
2003 Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People
  • Released: October 7, 2003
  • Label: Interscope/Prawn Song
  • Format: DVD
US: Platinum[12]
2004 Hallucino-Genetics: Live 2004
  • Released: November 16, 2004
  • Label: Prawn Song
  • Format: DVD
US: Gold[12]
CAN: Gold[13]
2006 Blame It on the Fish: An Abstract Look at the 2003 Primus Tour de Fromage
  • Released: October 17, 2006
  • Label: Prawn Song
  • Format: DVD


Year Title Peak chart positions Album


1990 "John the Fisherman" Frizzle Fry
"Too Many Puppies"
"Mr. Knowitall"
1991 "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" 23 Sailing the Seas of Cheese
"Tommy the Cat"
1992 "Those Damned Blue Collar Tweekers"
"Making Plans for Nigel" 30 Miscellaneous Debris
1993 "My Name Is Mud" 9 Pork Soda
"Mr. Krinkle" ---
1995 "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" 62 12 23 80 Tales from the Punchbowl
"Mrs. Blaileen"
"Southbound Pachyderm" ---
1997 "Shake Hands With Beef" Brown Album
"Over the Falls"
1999 "Lacquer Head" Antipop
"Electric Uncle Sam"
2000 "N.I.B." (featuring Ozzy Osbourne) 2 Nativity in Black II: A Tribute to Black Sabbath
2010 "Me Llamo Mud" Non-album single
2011 "Tragedy's a' comin" Green Naugahyde
"Lee van Cleef"
"—" denotes a release that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

Primus hired many of their friends from the Bay Area to be in the stage crew, and many of them appear in Primus's videos and home videos.

Song Director Released Notes
"John the Fisherman" Mark Kohr 1990 Kirk Hammett appears in the video. Never officially released.
"Too Many Puppies" Kevin Kerslake Never officially released.
"Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" Mark Kohr 1991 Bob Cock appears in the beginning clip. Live footage shot at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, CA.
"Tommy the Cat" Shot entirely in black and white, with clips of black and white animation.
"My Name Is Mud" 1993 Bob Cock appears throughout the video.
"DMV" The band was asked to make this video by the record label.
"Mr. Krinkle" The camera does not move during the entire video; shot in one take.
"Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" Les Claypool 1995 Shot at Rancho Relaxo, Claypool's home. Shot at 3/4 speed to give the band irregular and strange movements when played at normal speed.
"Southbound Pachyderm" Entirely claymated, except for the band appearing on a TV.
"The Devil Went Down to Georgia" Mike Johnson 1996 Entirely claymated.
"Shake Hands With Beef" Les Claypool 1997 This was also shot at 3/4 speed, giving the band irregular and odd movements at normal speed. LaLonde also goes for a fly during his solo. Trailer scenes shot at Rancho Relaxo.
"Over the Falls" Shot entirely in black and white. Outdoor live footage shot at Baker Beach in San Francisco, CA.
"Lacquer Head" 1999 Blends claymation and real video. Including clips from many previous music videos. Banned by MTV because of drug references, despite being an anti-drug song.
"Tragedy's a' Comin'" Les Claypool & Mark Kohr 2011 Features Les Claypool dressed as a giant lobster in a tank at a restaurant, watching how the other lobsters are being eaten by socialites. In the meantime, lobster Claypool fantasizes about being on a beach.
"Lee Van Cleef" Team Coco 2012 An entirely animated video set up in a fictional "The Good, The Band & The Ugly" world, showing a hanged Lee Van Cleef coming back to life to kill Clint Eastwood.
"Jilly's On Smack" Jordan Copeland The video, directed by The Police drummer Steward Copeland's son, Jordan, consists of live performance of the band interspersed with old, grainy footage of Christmas-themed family life.
"HOINFODAMAN" Team Hiho 2015 Winner of a video contest.
"Candyman" Ivan Landau, Edgar Alvarez & Webster Colcord Entirely claymated.

Compilations and soundtracks[edit]

1988 - Germ's Choice: A KUSF Compilation (promo for KUSF radio, featuring the demo version of "Tommy the Cat")
1991 - A Different Sound (promo for Carlsberg Light lager, featuring "Tommy the Cat")
1992 - Plan B: the questionable video features Here come the bastards, Tommy the cat.
1991 - Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (soundtrack, featuring "Tommy the Cat")
1991 - Expand-O: CD Tune Up 12 (featuring "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver")
1993 - The Beavis and Butt-head Experience (soundtrack, featuring the original track "Poetry and Prose")
1993 - In Defense of Animals (benefit compilation album, featuring "Too Many Puppies")
1993 - Lollapalooza '93 (sampler, featuring studio version of "Mr. Krinkle")
1994 - Airheads (soundtrack, featuring the original track "Bastardizing Jellikit")
1994 - Brainscan (soundtrack, featuring "Welcome to This World")
1994 - Caroline Records 1994 Sampler (promo for Caroline Records, featuring "John the Fisherman")
1994 - Woodstock 1994 (live album, featuring "Those Damned Blue Collar Tweekers")
1995 - Obdurate (promo for HM magazine, featuring a live version of "Here Come the Bastards")
1995 - Phuq! (featuring "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver")
1996 - Bored Generation (featuring "Hellbound 17½")
1996 - Eyesore: A Stab at The Residents (The Residents tribute album, featuring the Primus cover of "Hello Skinny/Constantinople")
1996 - Music for Our Mother Ocean, Vol. 1 (promo for the Surfrider Foundation, featuring a live version of "Mr. Knowitall")
1996 - X Games Volume 1: Music from the Edge (promo for ESPN's X Games, featuring "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver")
1997 - Crossing All Over!: Volume 6 (featuring "Shake Hands with Beef")
1997 - Rock Sound: Volume 10 (promo for Rock Sound magazine, featuring "Shake Hands with Beef")
1997 - Universal Attaque!: Vol. 1 (featuring "Shake Hands with Beef")
1997 - Zoo Magazine: CD Sampler 10 (promo for Zoo magazine, featuring "My Name is Mud")
1998 - Chef Aid: The South Park Album (soundtrack, featuring the original tracks "South Park Theme" and "Mephisto and Kevin")
1998 - Indie 2000: Volume 3 (featuring "Shake Hands with Beef")
1998 - Interscope Sampler: Volume One (promo for Interscope Records, featuring the Primus cover of Stanley Clarke's "Silly Putty")
1998 - The New, the Classic & the Unexplored: Volume Three (promo for Visions magazine, featuring "To Defy the Laws of Tradition")
1998 - Pinkpop 1998 Sampler (featuring a live version of "Bob's Party Time Lounge")
1998 - Tijdloze Honderd: Vol 4 (featuring "Too Many Puppies")
1999 - Celebrity Deathmatch (soundtrack, featuring the studio version of "The Heckler")
1999 - Family Values Tour 1999 (live album, featuring "Lacquer Head" and "My Name is Mud")
1999 - Jack Kerouac Reads On the Road (Jack Kerouac compilation, featuring a cover of "On the Road" recorded by Tom Waits and Primus)
1999 - The New, the Classic & the Unexplored: Volume Nine (promo for Visions magazine, featuring "South Park Theme")
1999 - Opscene: CD#11 (featuring "Mama Didn't Raise No Fool")
1999 - Take Off 2000: Loud Music for the Next Millenium (featuring "Lacquer Head")
1999 - Visions 75th Anniversary Compilation: Part II (promo for Visions magazine, featuring the Primus cover of Pink Floyd's "Have a Cigar")
2000 - Big Noize (featuring "Electric Uncle Sam")
2000 - Nativity in Black II (Black Sabbath tribute album featuring a cover of "N.I.B." recorded by Primus and Ozzy Osbourne)
2003 - Triple J's Hottest 100 10th Anniversary: Hottest Box (promo for Triple J radio's Hottest 100, featuring "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver")
2004 - Alternative Rock Edition (featuring "Too Many Puppies")
2004 - Bonnaroo Music Festival 2004 (live album, featuring "Frizzle Fry")
2005 - Prince of Darkness (Ozzy Osbourne box set, featuring the cover of "N.I.B." recorded by Primus and Osbourne)
2005 - Triple J's Super Request: Dog's Breakfast (promo for Triple J radio's Super Request, featuring "Electric Uncle Sam")
2006 - Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards (Tom Waits compilation, featuring the cover of "On the Road" recorded by Primus and Waits)
2008 - Zack and Miri Make a Porno (soundtrack, featuring "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver")
Video compilations
2004 - Live from Bonnaroo Music Festival 2004 (DVD)
Television show theme songs
1997-2000 - South Park: seasons 1-4 ("South Park Theme", released on Chef Aid, 1998)
2000-2006 - South Park: seasons 4-10 (various remixes of "South Park Theme", unreleased)
2006-present - South Park: seasons 10-14 (mashup of "South Park Theme" and "Whamola" by Les Claypool's Frog Brigade, unreleased)
Video game soundtracks
1995 - Beavis and Butt-head in Virtual Stupidity (featuring "DMV")
1999 - Hot Wheels Turbo Racing (featuring "Hampster Style")
1999 - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater (featuring "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver")
2000 - Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption (featuring "Electric Uncle Sam")
2001 - ATV Offroad Fury (featuring "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver")
2006 - Guitar Hero 2 (featuring "John the Fisherman")
2006 - Tony Hawk's Project 8 (featuring "American Life")
2010 - Rock Band 3 (featuring "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver")

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
  3. ^ "JAM! Music SoundScan Charts". 
  4. ^ "Discography Primus". 
  5. ^ "Primus > Longplay-Chartverfolgung" (in German). 
  6. ^ a b "Discografie Primus" (in Dutch). 
  7. ^ "Discography Primus". 
  8. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community" (in Swiss). 
  9. ^ "Chart Log UK: Rodney P. – The Pussycat Dolls". 
  10. ^ "Discografie Primus" (in Dutch). 
  11. ^ "Discographie Primus" (in French). 
  12. ^ a b c d e f "RIAA Gold and Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  13. ^ a b "CRIA database". Canadian Recording Industry Association. 
  14. ^ "Primus Alternative Songs Chart History". Billboard. 
  15. ^ "Primus". AllMusic.