Once audiences got a chance to hear Primus' instantly recognizable sound, driven by Les Claypool's bizarrely virtuosic bass riffs, their audience grew by leaps and bounds. It was enough to make their second major-label album, Pork Soda, one of the strangest records ever to debut in the Top Ten. Stylistically, it isn't much different from Sailing the Seas of Cheese, though the band does stretch out and jam more often. This can result in some overly repetitive sections, since Claypool's riffs are the basis for most of the compositions, but it also showcases the band's ever-increasing level of musicianship. Their ensemble interplay continues to grow in complexity and musicality, and that's really what fans want from a Primus record anyway. The material isn't quite as consistent as Seas of Cheese, though there are numerous high points; among them are "My Name Is Mud," on which Claypool plays his instrument like percussion, and "Mr. Krinkle," where he switches to a bowed upright bass. There are hints of lyrical darkness stripped of the band's usual goofiness (especially in the suicide lament "Bob"), but for the most part, the humor is again split between eccentric character sketches, cheery paranoia, and annoying novelties (with a slightly higher percentage of the latter than before). Still, despite occasional flaws, what makes Pork Soda a success is that the band keeps finding novel variations on their signature sound, even if they never step out of it.
Performance CreditsPrimus Primary Artist
Tim "Herb" Alexander Drums
Larry LaLonde Banjo,Guitar
Technical CreditsPrimus Producer
Tim "Herb" Alexander Composer
Neill King Engineer
Ron Rigler Engineer
Manny Lacarrubba Engineer
Larry LaLonde Composer
Kent Matcke Engineer
Paul Haggard Cover Design
Derek Featherstone Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Pork Soda based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I'ts primus @ thier best before they were widly accepted - all songs are either thumpin'(my name is mud) or bizarre (mr krinkle) but highly adictive. Your friends may become dissasiciative after repeated listenings but you will aquire a strange desire for cured pork products.
If you like funk rock, funk metal, funk, alternative or just plain good music pork soda is a necesity for any bass player who likes a tight band with an amazing bassist. Les claypool uses slap techniques with a heavy rock band to get a unique yet amazing sound. On this album I like My Name is Mud, Bob, DMV, Nature Boy, Pressman, Mr Krinkle, The Air Is Getting Slippery, and Hamburger Train. Thats a lot of good songs for one cd. This cd is one of my favorite cd's and it's deffinantley worth getting.
Well, i'm not sure there's much i can add at this point....