Frizzle Fry is still my favorite Primus album. “To defy the laws of tradition is a crusade only of the brave.” And Les and friends are truly brave. With this recording, Primus invented a sound all their own. Les Claypool’s style is so unconventional and Tim Alexander is one of the most innovative drummers in the business. Together, they created some extremely original grooves. It’s a kind of funk metal hybrid, but primarily, it’s just Primus.
Although Alexander is really the best player here, Claypools originality catapulted him to Bass Icon. I think it was cool to see someone like Less get some credit for doing something unique with the instrument. Most bass icons are technically brilliant, but ultimately musically lacking players like Victor Wooten or Billy Sheehan or whomever.
This is the best Primus recording. The live release, “Suck on This,” is also great, as is “Sailing the Seas of Cheese,” albeit in a completely different way. “Pork Soda” has it’s incredible moments, but I lost interest after that. After Brain Replaced Tim Alexander, the band lost something. Frizzle Fry is Primus at its freshest and most unabashed. It still sounds relevant all these years later.