Talk:Les Claypool

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Les (E.) Claypool III[edit]

I was watching a mini-marathon of mixed episodes of Trigun and Cowboy Bebop and while watching the credits it said that the head sound editor (or something to that effect) for the English version was Les Claypool III (in Trigun)/ Les E. Claypool III (in Cowboy Bebop). Is this the same guy? It seems like something Les would do. --JonnyLightning (talk) 06:20, 5 January 2009 (UTC)

The bass guitar on the picture of Les at the top of this article[edit]

I think the caption for the picture should say "Les Claypool at Bonnaroo playing a " and have the model/make of the guitar. There are so many guitars in his equipment list, which one is it?

edit: Just did some research and it's a Carl Thompson. I'm editing the article as such. 18:28, 22 July 2007 (UTC)

The Weasel Guy begs to differ[edit]

The Chronology on this article is wrong. I first saw Primus at Barrington Hall in 1987. The infamous "Acid Punch Wine Dinner" was on September 25, 1987. Les, Todd and Jay played as Primus. They already had songs like "Tommy the Cat," "Pudding Time," and "Sgt. Baker" down at that point. I was a major attraction that evening because I flipped out(too much punch) and put a ferret in my trousers. (Thank god that boy's not alone!)User: Robbygrine A/K/A Skullhammer A/K/A The Weasel Guy, which is what Les called me when I auditioned for the band around the time that Tim joined.

Please tell me that line in Frizzle Fry was written about you. Ashrzr (talk) 17:51, 9 July 2015 (UTC)

Any relation between Primus's Les Claypool and the Les Claypool who's done sound work for several anime productions? --FOo

Quite possible, but I have no idea. A trip to All Movie Guide shows him as sound editor for Armitage III. --Damaged Again

I'd be very wary of AMG - there are several errors there, including a number of different people being listed as one. IMDB are more reliable, I think, and they seem to think that Primus' Les and the other Les are different people; compare [1], [2] and [3]. --Camembert
There are a number of anime titles attributed to Les E. Claypool III for directing Alternate Dialog Recording (ADR) sessions, but whether or not if Claypool III and Les Claypool of Primus is the same person is not directly known. (Anime ADR work is project-based, running only a few months out of a year, and it's entirely possible to do it and be a rock star, albeit a very busy one.)
I found this page on Anime News Network, a private encyclopedia, with a photo in the upper right corner... I'd say No, solely from the skillset needed to do such work (despite sound production knowledge, I don't think he would know Japanese). All the same, I wouldn't put it past Les (Primus) to put up a fake image if he did do ADR Work to throw people off... :) (Source: ANN Entry) (talk) 04:23, 4 December 2008 (UTC)

I have this recollection of seeing Primus_(band) opening for Rush at the Wembley Arena some time in the early 1990s. Anyone able to help with this partial amnesia? Phil 13:13, Dec 4, 2003 (UTC)

gabby la la opinions[edit]

i'm curious about this "alienated many of his fans" (or "career blunder" and such in history) thing re gabby la la. i admit i havent listened to gabby la la but how does it go so far as "alienating" fans?

A lot of his fans believe that Les and Gabby are having an affair, despite Les' 10 year marriage and children. Gabby is engaged to her tour manager however, and I don't believe there was anything romantic between them. Blatantly sexual, possibly, but not romantic.

All I can say is that I seriously, seriously doubt they had an affair or that there is in fact anything romantic between them. As for his choice of having her in the band, I think he at least did a good job of "toning her down." By this, I mean I have been to her website and listened to her music in hopes of hearing another good artist, but could not make it through the first 30 seconds of a song. Quite frankly, her singing was shrill and the music was simply not that good. However, when she performed with Les, she stuck to supplemental instruments placed strategically throughout the songs and laid off singing a bit, which helped to make it "go down easier." —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:07, 15 March 2009 (UTC)

Gear listing[edit]

I'm just a lurker around here, but someone seriously needs to edit the list of equipment that Claypool uses and explain it more. What is an "anti-matter bass"? Someone needs to explain what a Whamola is for those not in the know on the page.

Edit: A whamola is basically a square stick of wood with one bass string attached to the bottom of it and to a handle on the top of it. It has no frets. You can pluck it or hit it with a drumstick, the latter of which Les tends to do more often than the former. It is played by using a combination of fretting it and using the handle. The handle can do a whammy effect that is similar to just pushing the whammy in and altering the sound of the note by holding it where you want it. You can hear Les playing the whamola in his songs "Whamola" and "Mushroom Men" (these are the ones I know for sure, but there's probably others). As for his basses, I know he uses a Carl Thompson 6- and 4-string and a bunch of other ones, including his bass-banjo (used, for example, in "Iowan Gal") as well as the 4-string stand-up electric bass. His Antimatter bass looks like his original 4-string and is also a Carl Thompson, but it has a different wood pattern that is darker. Here are some pictures:

Antimatter Bass:

Whamola: —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:58, 15 March 2009 (UTC)

This is good information. It should be added. Of course, I am no one on wikipedia either. I'm very curious about Les' gear. I also wonder how much he uses his fretless bass(es). His style seems very atonal to me, which would lend itself to a fretless. However, you can also bend the pitch of a fretted bass and extreme amount. Especially when playing fast, it can sound atonal. I don't have the answer though. I have see him live but that was before I started playing bass, so I never really thought to wonder. (talk) 17:25, 29 June 2010 (UTC)


What do you guys think would be better, the current layout (emphasis on the bands) or a mixed chronological layout (i.e. Holy Mackerel between Punchbowl & Brown Album)? I personally think the latter would be better. Any thoughts? MightyMoose22 >Abort, Retry, Fail?_ 01:55, 14 July 2006 (UTC)

We had a similar(albeit opposite) question come up previously with the Steve Morse article. At that time the complaint was that it was chronological and not divided between the many acts he's performed with. I did a fast re-org on it and concensus seem to be positive. I realize your proposing the opposite situation. I guess if the "final product" maintains clarity then I can't see anyone having a problem with it. Maybe post it in here first and see if it draws a comment. I expect whatever you come up with would be OK. It's quite a task...Les is a busy man! Cheers! Anger22 02:14, 14 July 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for the quick reply, I was expecting anything for... a while, at least.
With Steve Morse, I agree it makes sense to keep his seperate, as they are all rather prolific and run parrallel to each other, whereas with Les they're all just one-shot side-projects (with the exception of Live Frogs) that can easily be squeezed in between each other.
Anyway, yeah, I'll test it first and either post it here or in my sandbox or something. I look forward to some feedback! MightyMoose22 >Abort, Retry, Fail?_ 07:45, 14 July 2006 (UTC)

There's an album where Calypool participated but is not listed. the album is the Guitars That Rule The World which is a band formed by Claypool, Brain and alex skolnick (from Testament) you may find more here Darojasp 20:55, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

New photo[edit]

the other one was hideous.

Screenshots and covers can't be used in infoboxes and images that have false or dishonest tags cannot be used on Wikipedia at all. 13:18, 31 March 2007 (UTC)


In Metallica's Behind the Music, Claypool said that during the audition he wanted the others to "jam on some Isley Brothers tunes", after Lars Ulrich asked whether he's "not really used to playing this kind of music". James Hetfield remarked that Claypool didn't win the job because "he was too good."

I personally heard he was deemed "too funky."

However, what I heard, along with the above passage from the article and the rest of the article itself, doesn't matter until someone noteworthy wrote it somewhere. .Absolution. 22:21, 5 June 2007 (UTC)

I've failed this article's GA nomination because just about the entire article is unreferenced. 17Drew 23:47, 18 August 2007 (UTC)
This whole article is seriously lacking references. I think it should be tagged. Thoughts? Vans74 14:25, 5 October 2007 (UTC)

I personally ask the question, what kind of world would we live in if Les was simply "That bassist for Metallica?" He would probably not have anywhere near the individual style he has now, and we would not have been treated to all his individual work that he's produced. That would depress me! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:01, 15 March 2009 (UTC)

Suicidal Tendencies[edit]

I had a copy of ST's 2nd album, "Join The Army" a few years ago and it was produced by 'Lester Claypool.'

Same guy? What are the chances of two 'Les' Claypool's both living in California and working in music? Vans74 14:25, 5 October 2007 (UTC)

I always assumed it was the same guy. But the article has no mention of it. So, is it the same guy?Neanderthalprimadonna (talk) 15:48, 15 October 2008 (UTC)
Not the same guy unless someone got it wrong. I believe his full name is actually "Leslie." Now, I read this on a website and if that's not his full name I'm going to seem like a fool, but I'll take a stab at it and say that this is in fact his full name. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:03, 15 March 2009 (UTC)
NOT the same, have a look here. --Avant-garde a clue-hexaChord2 10:19, 15 March 2009 (UTC)

Free Image[edit]

Les is going on tour again soon. Somebody has got to get a decent image for this article. No offense to Mr Weir, but wiki's representation of Claypool's career needs a one better. - Steve3849 talk 02:48, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

Les has a new venture[edit]

hi guys. I ran into Les on 6/27/10 in San Francisco at the Pinot Days wine tasting. Les, with a few helpers, was exhibiting his new winery called Claypool Cellars. Their logo was an elephant balancing on a ball holding a wine class in its trunk. I'm not sure if they have a website, but they did have some wine.

It was super cool meeting him, I got his autograph and took a picture. I asked him how he got into wine and he said he grew up in the Russian River Valley (Sonoma, CA) surrounded by Pinot Noir vineyards. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:53, 1 July 2010 (UTC)

I added some info with a reference to an interview to this article and an External link to the Claypool Cellars website. Feel free to add more info.Toyz1988 (talk) 21:22, 24 March 2011 (UTC)

Seinfeld theme[edit]

The article states Claypool played bass on the Seinfeld theme song - but it would seem that this is widely debated. Anyone have any proof that he played bass on the theme? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:52, 29 August 2010 (UTC)

Claypool Cellars[edit]

Claypool has released a series of wines under the name Claypool Cellars. [1] . This seems noteworthy enough to be on his page, could someone add it? (talk) 02:41, 14 February 2011 (UTC)

I added some info with a reference to an interview to this article and an External link to the Claypool Cellars website. Feel free to add more info.Toyz1988 (talk) 21:22, 24 March 2011 (UTC)

Claypool Personal Life[edit]

There doesn't seem to be much on Claypool's personal life or his childhood on this page. I feel like that would be an important part of this page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ari002 (talkcontribs) 14:37, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Proficient Status[edit]

I feel like his summary should mention his stature as one of the best and most appreciated bass players of all time (every respectable ranking of bassists I've ever seen lists him in the top 3). Almost all Wikipedia articles do this where applicable. For example, Flea's page spends almost an entire paragraph on this accomplishment. In this case, if somebody stumbled on Claypool's page they would have no idea of his status as one of the most important musicians of the past half century, which seems doesn't seem right. What does the community think? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ashrzr (talkcontribs) 22:54, 7 July 2015 (UTC)

  1. ^ the Hell?