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Primus’ “Tragedy’s A’Comin'” video premiering on IFC.com this Thursday – here’s a look back at other milestones

Primus’ “Tragedy’s A’Comin'” video premiering on IFC.com this Thursday – here’s a look back at other milestones (photo)

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For more than 20 years now, the almighty Primus have served as one of rock’s quirkiest bands — and frontman/bassist Les Claypool, one of music’s most imaginative storytellers.

The latest single from the group — rounded out by Larry “Ler” LaLonde on guitars and drummer Jay Lane — “Tragedy’s A’Comin'” also tells a story, as does its video…which features lobsters, astronauts, impromptu restaurant dancing, and Claypool in a lobster costume, rolling around on the beach. We’ll be premiering the video for “Tragedy’s A’Comin'” this Thursday at 8am ET right here on IFC.com, but today we’re taking a look back at our favorite releases from the band’s decades-long run.

Primus released their seventh studio set, “Green Naugahyde,” back in September.

Most fans and music historians would agree that Primus — who fall somewhere between prog rock and funk metal — never truly “got their due.” Perhaps not fully appreciated. They’ve never been traditional rockers, but have always been exceptional musicians.

In Primus’ skillful songs, no one instrument ever takes center stage, despite Claypool’s standing as one of the best to ever hoist a bass. All instruments are presented at equal volume on studio recordings, with Les’ unconventional vocals — if anything — being downplayed.

For those not in the Primus loop, we present a quick eduction in the form of five incredible songs you need to hear by this band…that aren’t “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” or “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver.”


“Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers,” from 1991’s “Sailing The Seas of Cheese”:
The song contains one of the most infectious lines ever (“Truckers on the interstate have been known to ride the rails” gets stuck in my head all the time), which is soon followed by the funkiest bass lick you’ve ever heard.


“Have a Cigar,” a cover of Pink Floyd’s classic song, from 1992’s “Miscellaneous Debris”:
This may be one of the greatest covers ever, if only for the simple fact that it isn’t a carbon copy, and still, finicky Pink Floyd fans absolutely adore it.


“The Toys Go Winding Down” off of 1990’s “Frizzle Fry”:
Just try to beat the bass sound on this track, and then, I defy you to find punchier drum work.


“Over The Falls” from 1997’s “Brown Album”:
A slow jam by Primus standards, noteworthy for Claypool’s upright bass, has become a fan favorite live.


“Eclectic Electric” off of 1999’s “Antipop”:
This is a song that will remind you of Pink Floyd on ayahuasca. Listen close for the finger plucking handiwork of Metallica’s James Hetfield on the track. In addition to Hetfield’s guest spot, the record features Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello on three cuts.


Be sure to check out the premiere of Primus’ “Tragedy’s A’Comin’ music video and an exclusive interview with Les Claypool this Thursday at 8am ET only on IFC.com.

Name your own favorite Primus tracks in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.