TITLE: Frizzle Fry
YEAR RELEASED: 1990
CHART ACTION: #153
SINGLES: John the Fisherman, Too Many Puppies, Mr. Knowitall
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Those are probably the ones non-fans may have heard
LINEUP: Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde, Tim Alexander
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Mixing together styles ranging from punk, funk, new wave and prog, the trio’s studio debut is an enjoyable musical stew.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Les Claypool is, by all standards, a musical genius. Not only is he a master of the bass guitar, using a very unique funk-slapping technique that also plays chords with his bass at times, but he writes songs that pull from all of his influences. Settling on a lineup of like-minded musical adventurers, he propelled Primus to the forefront of alternative rock in the early 90’s on the back of this album.
Claypool’s songs are offbeat, at times wacky and always complex in meter and structure. There are a lot of things going on here. LaLonde weaves guitars throughout, allowing Claypool to carry the songs bedrock on his bass, while Alexander’s drums power throughout keeping tabs of whatever rhythm and time the song is in.
A few cuts stand out over the rest, and if you don’t have a quirky or adventurous world view Claypool’s antics and vocals may wear on you. For the rest of us – it’s a fun album!
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Many of the guitar melodies were written by former guitarist Tim Huth.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, with one bonus track
GRADE: A-: I played this album a lot in the 90’s and once you get what they were doing you will as well.