They were always one of a kind, from the moment they oozed out of the Earth.

The mighty PRIMUS--bassist LES CLAYPOOL, guitarist LARRY LALONDE and drummer TIM ALEXANDER--return this fall with a formidable one-two-three punch. October 17 will bring twin releases: their first-ever retrospective CD THEY CAN'T ALL BE ZINGERS: THE BEST OF PRIMUS (Interscope/UMe) and a new DVD BLAME IT ON THE FISH (on their own Frizzle Fry Inc. imprint), subtitled "An Abstract Look at the 2003 Primus Tour De Fromage," their triumphant reunion trek.

Next, the band who has been described as ingenious and imaginative, satirical and sarcastic, original and outlandish, will head out on the road for a major North American headlining tour launching November 1 in Austin and wrapping December 9 in Phoenix. Known as one of the most acclaimed and influential underground alternative rock phenomenons of the '90s and beyond, PRIMUS deliver sonic fireworks live like, well, no one else.

The 16-selection They Can't All Be Zingers spans the band's career from 1990 to 2003, featuring all of its original Modern Rock hits--"Jerry Was A Race Car Driver," "My Name Is Mud" and the Grammy-nominated "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver"--plus fan favorites and a previously unreleased, extended version of "Shake Hands With Beef." They Can't All Be Zingers also marks the first time that PRIMUS' Interscope Records catalog has been digitally remastered.

In addition, They Can't All Be Zingers includes "Over The Falls" from 1997's The Brown Album (which sported the original "Shake Hands With Beef"), "Coattails Of A Deadman" from 1999's Antipop--on which they collaborated with Tom Waits--and "Mary The Ice Cube" from the 2003 DVD+EP Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People which debuted at #44 on the Billboard Top 200 and was certified video platinum.

Blame It On The Fish is the third DVD release from Primus and follows Hallucino-Genetics Live 2004. Years in the making, this DVD of the band's 2003 reunion tour—which was augmented by ambitious sets and innovative multi-media installations—contains live performance footage, interview segments, candid behind the scenes shots and intense visual imagery. Not a typical concert film, Blame It On The Fish is a surreal sensory adventure pushing the limits of visual artistry. The main feature film is 70 minutes and is accompanied by over 90 minutes of bonus material. In addition to dozens of additional scenes, the extras also include a 30-minute futuristic documentary about the band set in the year 2065 and interviews with the then-102-year-old bandleader Les Claypool.

Blame It On The Fish's director Matt Powers also directed the award-winning film Never Been Done Been Done (The Jon Comer Story) and was director of photography for Les Claypool's Electric Apricot (Quest for Festeroo). Fans will luxuriate in live performances of PRIMUS favorites including "Mr. Krinkle," "Jerry Was A Racecar Driver," "Over The Electric Grapevine" and many more. Of the Tour De Fromage, Blender raved, "The energy of [them] playing together again was overwhelming," while the Los Angeles Times said, "The band charges hard into career-spanning sonic excursions free of self-indulgent excesses."

In the mid-'80s, San Francisco Bay Area bass virtuoso, singer and songwriter Les Claypool became one of the pioneers of the thrash funk exemplified by Faith No More and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But PRIMUS truly took form when guitarist Larry "Ler" Lalonde and drummer Tim Alexander joined in 1989. Its first albums were quickly embraced by alternative fans--the live Suck On This (1989) won the Bammie as Outstanding Independent Album and Frizzle Fry (1990), with "To Defy The Laws Of Tradition," "John The Fisherman" and "Too Many Puppies," was one of Spin's Albums of the Year.

The distinguished musical vision of PRIMUS made its major label bow on Interscope with Sailing The Seas Of Cheese (1991). The album roared into the Top 10 of alternative charts with "Jerry Was A Race Car Driver," "Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers" and "Tommy The Cat"--marking their first collaboration with guest vocalist Tom Waits--and eventually was certified platinum. After being anointed "the hottest band on the alternative scene" by Rolling Stone, Pork Soda (1993) debuted at #7 Pop and, with "My Name Is Mud," "Mr. Krinkle" and "DMV," went platinum. When Tales From The Punchbowl (1995) was served up with "Over The Electric Grapevine," "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" and "Southbound Pachyderm," the album hit gold and reached #8 Pop. In 1997, PRIMUS wrote and recorded the theme song for Comedy Central's "South Park" TV show, which continues to be heard every week and is now in its tenth season.

11.01 | Austin Music Hall | Austin, TX
11.03 | Verizon Wireless Theater (Aerial Theater) | Houston, TX
11.04 | Will Rogers Auditorium | Fort Worth, TX
11.06 | The Tabernacle | Atlanta, GA
11.08 | Constitution Hall | Washington, DC
11.09 | Roseland Ballroom | New York, NY
11.10 | Tower Theater | Upper Darby, PA
11.12 | Orpheum Theater | Boston, MA
11.14 | State Theatre | Detroit, MI
11.15 | Kool Haus | Toronto, ON
11.17 | Aragon Ballroom | Chicago, IL
11.18 | The Rave/Eagles Ballroom | Milwaukee, WI
11.19 | Orpheum Theatre | Minneapolis, MN
11.21 | The Fillmore Auditorium | Denver, CO
11.28 | Hult Center | Eugene, OR
11.29 | Orpheum Theatre | Vancouver, BC
11.30 | Paramount Theatre | Seattle, WA
12.02 | Berkeley Community Theater | Berkeley, CA
12.03 | Memorial Auditorium | Sacramento, CA
12.05 | San Jose Civic Auditorium | San Jose, CA
12.06 | Palladium | Los Angeles, CA
12.08 | RIMAC Arena | San Diego, CA
12.09 | Mesa Amphitheatre | Phoenix, AZ

[Published on: 9/8/06]

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dcvet Fri 9/8/2006 12:27PM
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claypool for president

vida421 Fri 9/8/2006 12:40PM
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Don't blame me, I voted for Claypool,

gone_phishin_4_cheese starstarstarstarstar Fri 9/8/2006 02:15PM
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this is the best news all day.

seabard Fri 9/8/2006 02:24PM
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No love for Ohio. Come on Les!

flufftravler starstarstarstarstar Fri 9/8/2006 02:56PM
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this made my day, week, and month

seadog247 starstarstarstarstar Fri 9/8/2006 03:13PM
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Wrightous starstarstarstarstar Fri 9/8/2006 05:14PM
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Best tour of the fall. Hopefully Les will still tear up the Fillmore this New Years.PRIMUSSUCKS

mrkrinkle6884 starstarstarstarstar Fri 9/8/2006 06:20PM
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The Colonel at the Tabernacle I cant wait!!!!! Last time I got to see them was at Bonnaroo 2004..... and they didnt even come on till 2 AM, They had that damn Johnny Cash record on fucking repeat 9 times!!!!!!

surlybuf star Fri 9/8/2006 08:48PM
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Your right! Bonnaroo sucked! The two hours you and I were waiting in the field, the Meters, Galactic or someone we missed was rocking out. Punctuality Bitches!

mrkrinkle6884 starstarstarstarstar Sat 9/9/2006 01:20AM
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Yeah, I went to WEEN for a while and came back.....still Johnny Cash

xbnmx Sat 9/9/2006 03:32AM
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I am the firzzle fry!

barrett starstarstarstarstar Sat 9/9/2006 09:45AM
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i cannot wiat for that dvd, wish i could be at the filmore, claypool ,, elbows bro , elbows.

lurchmudpuddle starstar Sat 9/9/2006 11:46AM
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Greatest hits? Who are these guys now? Journey? True Primus fans have all their albums already...and we don't need a freakin greatest hits. How about a NEW full length PRIMUS album?

DirtyRice starstarstarstarstar Sat 9/9/2006 12:53PM
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so being that the primus tour doesnt kick off until 11/1/06 could it be possible that Les and one of his outfits will perform at vegoose? oysterhead would be sickening, frog brigade would be more nasty, Les popping in on a Praxis late night would definetely be worth missing some sleep for!

stairway to freebird starstarstarstarstar Sat 9/9/2006 02:41PM
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stairway to freebird

Hells yeah, I can't wait to see them at the Tabernacle... sweet, delicious, Primus.

xbnmx Sat 9/9/2006 03:18PM
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I think the greatest hits album is to fulfill their record contract sot hat the new material can go out on their own label.

Stevie_t starstarstarstarstar Sun 9/10/2006 05:45PM
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can't wait for the state theatre show.



gambit starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/11/2006 11:50AM
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yeah this ROCKS the last time was in Chicago for the full Sailing the Seas of Chesse set (that rocked my socks off) going to have to hit up WI this time for shits and giggles (le le lemonade anyone)

koss starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/12/2006 06:46AM
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Listen Up - If you have not had a chance to see Primus Live...Do It!!!
Primus Sucks

gifthorse76 starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/12/2006 08:36AM
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I've taped flying frog brigade before. Does Primus allow taping???? either way I'm raging in Fort Worth

grtrthnone starstarstarstar Tue 9/12/2006 03:57PM
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havent had a chance to see them since the tour supporting tales from a punchbowl, some idiot in the audience threw an empty boones farm bottle at les and just barely missed him they havent been back since and i cant blame them... oh well im moving away from this armpit anyway so maybe ill get to see them again

koss starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/13/2006 08:13AM
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Check it out.....the greatest hits album is the same setlist as the DVD they put out called "Animals should not try act like people". mmmmmm....fishy.
Primus Sucks

Gr8fulTait Thu 9/14/2006 12:11PM
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denver is the place to be bring it on Claypool

offtherecord starstarstarstarstar Thu 9/14/2006 08:57PM
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this made my day primus ive been waiting

Joshtafari Fri 9/15/2006 11:03AM
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Finaly after missing them at Bonnaroo I get to Finaly see them together and in my back yard of Seattle.

MattO starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/19/2006 02:03PM
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tabernacle in a few short weeks, cheers
primus sucks