Leslie Edward “Les” Claypool is one of the most talented musicians in rock music, as well as one of the weirdest. Between playing bass and banjo for his band Primus, as well as his numerous strange side projects, the man has a musical legacy plenty of musicians would kill for. We love his stuff, and here’s 10 reasons you should too.
Primus – John The Fisherman
The song that brought Primus to the attention of the world thanks to its catchy riff and really weird video.
The South Park Theme Song
That’s right, that twangy banjo and southern drawl that accompanies every episode of the hit cartoon show is all Claypool. It’s probably his most recognizable song.
Primus – My Name Is Mud
After Fizzle Fry established them in the mainstream, Primus lead the release of their Pork Soda album with this bit of catchy weirdness.
The Robot Chicken Theme Song
Sure it’s not the catchiest theme, but it still manages to get stuck in your head the same way the rest of his songs do.
Keep reading for his awesome guest appearances…
Tom Waits – Earth Died Screaming
Claypool lent his talents to this eerie stunner from Waits, and it makes all the difference.
Primus – Shake Hands With Beef
One of the heaviest tracks Primus ever released, this one’s great for that pulsing, fuzzy bassline.
Metallica – Tuesday’s Gone (Lynyrd Skynyrd Cover)
Fun fact; Claypool actually auditioned to replace the late Cliff Burton as Metallica’s bassist, mostly due to his friendship with Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett. That partnership never happened, but he did appear on this awesome cover.
Primus – Tommy The Cat
Who doesn’t like a video made to look like an old-timey stage show, complete with retro-style cartoons?
Hank Williams III – Ghost To A Ghost
The grandson of the country legend is no slouch himself when it comes to musicianship, and he loves hiring recognizable names to show up on his tracks, hence Claypool’s appearance.
Primus – Jerry Was A Racecar Driver
This could easily be one of Primus’s weirdest songs and videos, and that’s saying something.