They Can't All Be Zingers

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They Can't All Be Zingers
Primus (band) - They Can't All Be Zingers.jpg
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedOctober 17, 2006
Recorded1989 - 2003
GenreFunk metal, alternative rock, experimental rock, alternative metal
Primus chronology
Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People
They Can't All Be Zingers
Green Naugahyde
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They Can't All Be Zingers is a greatest hits compilation album by Primus. It was released through Interscope Records on October 17, 2006, the same day that their DVD, Blame It on the Fish, was released.

They Can't All Be Zingers includes 16 digitally remastered songs that span their entire career, including a previously unreleased and extended version of "Shake Hands With Beef", the Tom Waits collaboration "Coattails of a Dead Man", and "Mary the Ice Cube" from the 2003 DVD/EP Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People.

The Best Buy version of the album contains a bonus CD with four rare live tracks ("Those Damned Blue Collar Tweekers," "Bob," "My Name Is Mud," & "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver") recorded at Woodstock '94, including the infamous version of "My Name Is Mud" where they were pelted with mud by the audience (in which Claypool responds by informing them of their "small and insignificant genitalia").

The album's title comes from a line from the stand-up act of comedian Neil Hamburger. The CD is packaged with an outer cellophane cover meant to represent a package of individually wrapped single slices of processed cheese. The artwork for the inner booklet and the CD looks like cheese itself. The wedge of cheese pictured on the sleeve has the shape of the head in the frying pan from Frizzle Fry emerging from it.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Les Claypool; all music is composed by Primus.

No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."To Defy the Laws of Tradition"Frizzle Fry6:41
2."John the Fisherman"Frizzle Fry3:37
3."Too Many Puppies"Frizzle Fry3:58
4."Jerry Was a Race Car Driver"Sailing the Seas of Cheese3:11
5."Those Damned Blue Collar Tweekers"Sailing the Seas of Cheese5:17
6."Tommy the Cat"Sailing the Seas of Cheese4:14
7."My Name Is Mud"Pork Soda4:45
8."Mr. Krinkle"Pork Soda5:25
9."DMV"Pork Soda4:56
10."Over the Electric Grapevine"Tales from the Punchbowl6:23
11."Wynona's Big Brown Beaver"Tales from the Punchbowl4:22
12."Southbound Pachyderm"Tales from the Punchbowl6:23
13."Over the Falls"Brown Album2:41
14."Shake Hands with Beef" (Extended Version)Brown Album4:23
15."Coattails of a Dead Man"Antipop5:17
16."Mary the Ice Cube"Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People4:37
Total length:76:10
iTunes bonus track
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
17."Mr. Knowitall" (Live)Frizzle Fry4:23
Extra Cheese: Best Buy bonus tracks (recorded live at Woodstock 1994)
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
17."Those Damned Blue Collar Tweekers"Sailing the Seas of Cheese 
18."Bob"Pork Soda 
19."My Name Is Mud"Pork Soda 
20."Jerry Was a Race Car Driver"Sailing the Seas of Cheese 


Packaging and Design by Zoltron Illustration by Reuben Rude


Year Chart Position
2006 The Billboard 200 #105


  1. ^ "They Can't All Be Zingers - Primus". Allmusic.