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

Primus’ “Tragedy’s A’Comin'” video premiering on 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, 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

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

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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