Album Reviews

Primus – Green Naugahyde

on September 13, 2011, 8:00am
Green Naugahyde (FCover) B
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Lane, Ler, and Les — the current incarnation of Primus — left us salivating over the course of a lengthy US tour, pushing 2011’s Green Naugahyde with tremendous force as recompense for a 12-year absence. (In hindsight, Antipop wasn’t that goddamned bad, was it?) Tossing in a maximum of four fresh tunes during the summer properly set a new stage in evolution for the funk metal act once smirkingly proud to suck. Demand spread to the LP-hungering masses, and their turn is here. Time to funnel some sludge into your ear holes, fellow prawns.

Green Naugahyde is the end result of taking it back to the old school (“Eternal Consumption Engine”), the chronicled echoes of a fisherman’s mind fuck long forgotten (“Last Salmon Man”), plus a taste of honorary personal reflection stained with pork soda (“Jilly’s on Smack”). In truth, there are few better ways to describe the definitive Primus sound than “funky nightmare rock,” and the album cover echoing Billy from Saw with a little Moral Orel stirred in conveys that pretty well. Everything between self-deprecating humor (“HOINFODAMAN”) and a dose of “Lacquerhead” with the Frizzle Fry touch (“Moron TV”) unrelentingly shoves listeners into bouncy grooves direct from Wonka’s boat ride.

Elements of alternative rock, stoner metal, zombie hillbilly street preachers (“Tragedy’s a’Comin'”), huffin’ couch potatoes, and low-spoken non sequiturs all get reconstructed from bits of a dead era (“Eyes of the Squirrel”, “Hennepin Crawler” — formerly known live as “Pie in the Sky”). Green Naugahyde couldn’t be exclusively classified as a new page in the band’s history, because there is so much of the past scrambled in, deliberately or otherwise. It couldn’t be considered a dead-on classic either, because to say it trumps anything previously constructed by Primus is both hasty and insulting. Much like Primus’ musical territory, we have yet another gray area that defies the laws of tradition, which instead of reinventing the wheel gives it a fresh coat of paint.

Larry “Ler” LaLonde plays his complimentary role so well it’s scary, Claypool has never sounded better, and Jay Lane jumps back onto the train before it goes a-chuggin’ without him again. Questions? Comments? Salmon, anyone? By the way, Primus still sucks.

Essential Tracks: “Last Salmon Man”, “HOINFODAMAN”, and “Hennepin Crawler”

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Hondaintegra27
May 26, 2012 at 11:16 pm

I am glad I borrowed the album before I bought a copy. I was dissapointed having listened to previous albums. At best I try to forget it exists and maybe something better will come along in the future. I will continue to listen to the older albums.

BongWater
April 30, 2012 at 6:21 am

hell yes this album is one primus’ best work.les claypool is still one warped genius.

Alex Sanders
November 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm

boring album, like they wanted to reach for something they lost… but still pushing it so hard they repeat themselves…

Stefan
September 14, 2011 at 12:21 pm

After giving it a few spins I’d put this as Album of the Year material and in the top three for Primus albums. Seeing them on their last tour you could tell they were channeling some kind of Dimension X fire, but I still wasn’t expecting an album of this calibre (And who would have thought Jay Lane would actually blow Tim Alexander out of the water as much as he does on this one?).

Still a new Residents, Tom Waits, and Feist album to look foward too as well. 

Stefan
September 14, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Heeeeyyyyy, welcome to the groove pal!

Stefan
September 13, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I’m 3 tracks in right now and losing my mind. So fucking good.

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