Rhinoplasty (EP)

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EP by Primus
Released August 11, 1998
Recorded Prairie Sun Recording, Cotati, CA
Genre Alternative metal, funk metal, progressive rock, experimental rock
Length 48:38
Label Interscope, Prawn Song
Producer Primus, Toby Wright
Primus chronology
Brown Album
Singles from Rhinoplasty
  1. "Behind My Camel"
    Released: 1998

Rhinoplasty is an extended play record by Primus. It was released on August 11, 1998 by Interscope Records. It features covers of songs by artists such as XTC, Stanley Clarke, The Police, Metallica, and Jerry Reed. The Japanese edition had two extra tracks and the CD was also an interactive CD-ROM which included the claymation video for "The Devil Went Down to Georgia". The live version of "Tommy the Cat" is performed with "The Awakening" solo in the middle. The original song was by the Reddings from their 1980 album The Awakening, and had previously been covered by Claypool on Highball with the Devil, released under the moniker Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel.

Cover art[edit]

The cover art features Japanese katakana characters to the far right, reading out "ネセソトナニツキノハ", or "Nesesotonanitsukinoha".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Scissor Man"   Andy Partridge 5:06
2. "The Family and the Fishing Net"   Peter Gabriel 6:25
3. "Silly Putty"   Stanley Clarke 4:19
4. "Amos Moses"   Jerry Reed 3:11
5. "Behind My Camel"   Andy Summers 2:51
6. "Too Many Puppies" (Reworked version of song, originally from Frizzle Fry) Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde, Bryan Mantia 3:01
7. "The Thing That Should Not Be"   James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett 6:44
8. "Tommy the Cat" (Live at the Henry J. Kaiser Arena on December 31, 1997) Claypool, Todd Huth, Jay Lane 8:56
9. "Bob's Party Time Lounge" (Live at the Henry J. Kaiser Arena on December 31, 1997) Claypool, LaLonde, Mantia 7:32
Total length:

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (7.4/10)[2]

In his review for Allmusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine describes the EP as "another small treasure for fans." He notes that "the band hasn't chosen any surprising covers" but "makes up for it with great performances" and "startling arrangements that are often unpredictable", concluding that "it doesn't disappoint."[1] For Pitchfork Media, Susan Moll notes that "while Brian "Brain" Mantia's heavy- hitting drums were the focus of The Brown Album, Rhinoplasty marks a return to the vintage Primus sound, with Claypool's bass front and center, where it belongs." She also opines that "the band's version of "Making Plans For Nigel" is legendary, but their take on "Scissor Man" is more deranged than Andy Partridge on a bad day."[2]

Chart history[edit]

Chart Peak
Billboard 200[3] 106
Dutch Charts[4] 97


  1. ^ a b "Rhinoplasty - Primus". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ a b Moll, Susan. "Primus: Rhinoplasty: Pitchfork Record Review". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  3. ^ "Primus Billboard 200 Chart History". Billboard. 
  4. ^ "Discografie Primus" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl.