Antipop

Antipop

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by Primus
     
 

There's a reason Primus chose to title its classic 1991 album SAILING THE SEAS OF CHEESE. Cornballs in the finest Zappa-Beefheart-Minutemen tradition, the band churns out prog-punk avant-funk that's as much about self-deprecating goofiness and acid-tweaked comic irony as musical muscularity and macho posturing. This not onlySee more details below

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There's a reason Primus chose to title its classic 1991 album SAILING THE SEAS OF CHEESE. Cornballs in the finest Zappa-Beefheart-Minutemen tradition, the band churns out prog-punk avant-funk that's as much about self-deprecating goofiness and acid-tweaked comic irony as musical muscularity and macho posturing. This not only separates them from their new peers in the post-Peppers Korn-Bizkit set, but it also gives their monstrously original records lasting value after the novelty of Les Claypool's redneck hiccup and truncated funk bass-blurbs become familiar. On the aptly titled ANTIPOP Les and Co. blend their jazz-'n'-funk chops into some of the tightest tunes of their career, such as the rap-metal rocker "Mama Didn't Raise No Fool," the floppy roadhouse shakedown "Ballad of Bodacious," and the downright plaintive "Dirty Drowning Man." But the obvious kicker here is "Laquerhead," a wigged-out, yet weirdly empathetic send-up that hits its stride with the line, "He was a boy of soft demeanor/And he loved his carburetor cleaner." Oh, the humanity!

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
On the surface, all Primus albums seem to sound alike, especially to outsiders (read: anyone who either respects the group but doesn't get them, or the minority that actively hates them, particularly Les Claypool's demented comedy schtick). That's not really true, even if the same basic elements remain in place each time, no matter who is in the band. And Primus has never tried to shake things up as much as they do on their seventh album, AntiPop. Primus enlisted a dizzying array of collaborators -- Stewart Copeland, Tom Waits, James Hetfield, Tom Morello, Jim Martin, Matt Stone, Martina, and Fred Durst among them -- all in the purpose of challenging themselves to find different dimensions to its music. Some play or sing, some produce, but it's amazing how much each individual guest changes the tone of the music. It's not always for the best, but it keeps things fresh, if not necessarily coherent. Though there are a couple of good lyrics here, this is by and large an album about music; it would have been even better if it had been primarily an instrumental album, actually, since the vocals get in the way occasionally. By now, the popping bass, dissonance, and angular riffs don't seem like schtick, but the lyrics and singing do. Still, it's possible to get past those and hear AntiPop as one of Primus' most ambitious and best efforts. No, they're not always successful, but no two songs sound the same, and some collaborations are among the best things Primus has ever recorded. AntiPop is dense music that isn't afraid to be goofy or fall on its face -- and even if it's not to your particular taste, it's hard not to respect this.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/1999
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949041427
catalogNumber:
490414
Rank:
23499

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Primus   Primary Artist
Tom Waits   Vocals,Mellotron
Claypool   Bass,Vocals
James Hetfield   Guitar
Tom Morello   Guitar
Brian "Brain" Mantia   Drums
Larry LaLonde   Guitar
Jim Martin   Guitar
Martina Topley-Bird   Bass

Technical Credits

Stewart Copeland   Producer
Primus   Producer
Tom Waits   Producer
Oz Fritz   Engineer
Tom Morello   Producer
Tom Whalley   Art Direction
Fred Durst   Producer
Matt Stone   Producer
Craig Howell   Art Direction,Illustrations
Reuben Raffael   Art Direction
Cage ?   Contributor
Lena ?   Contributor
Turk Black   Contributor

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