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Sailing The Seas Of Cheese

Primus

1991

Sailing The Seas Of Cheese
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Sailing the Seas of Cheese is the second studio album and major label debut by the American rock band Primus. It was released on May 14, 1991, through Interscope Records. It spawned three singles: "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver", "Tommy the Cat", and "Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers". The album has been described as funk metal. Similar to its predecessor Frizzle Fry, founding guitarist Todd Huth received writing credits on the songs "Tommy The Cat" and "Sgt. Baker". The album's lead single "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" is known for its intricate bassline that Les Claypool played on a six-string bass using the tapping technique. It also contains a sample from the movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 in which the character Chop Top exclaims "Dog will hunt!" The track "Los Bastardos" contains samples from the BBC television series The Young Ones including Vyvyan shouting, "Shut up, you bastards!", Vyvyan's mother saying, "He is a bastard isn't he?", as well as Rick saying, "You just called me a bastard, didn't you?" and "Mike, you bastard!" The single "Tommy The Cat" is also characterised by its highly complex bassline that mixes strumming and slapping; there is not a clear consensus on exactly what notes are being played, and as a result, numerous different interpretations exist on the Internet. The song features spoken word by Tom Waits providing the voice of the titular character; in live performances Claypool does these parts himself. Another examples of the album's musical complexity is the song "Eleven", which is named after its unusual time signature of 11/8. The song and album title "Seas of Cheese" would later be referenced in the song "DMV" on their next album Pork Soda, as well as the song "Dirty Drowning Man" on 1999's Antipop.

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Genres

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Tue May 21 2024
5

There's a level of camp which, even late, produces no cringe. Here it's birthed by relentless funk baselines and no sense of seriousness. Glancing nautical punk is as satisfying as always, a genre to raid ships for notes without making them the Point. Band stays pretty tight, harmonic language and vocals are reasonably varied, what's not to like in this slightly-not-music?

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Tue May 21 2024
4

Man, this brings me back to junior high.

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Tue May 21 2024
4

Primus - You either love it or loathe it. I definitely love these weirdos!. They can rock, are very skilled and creative musicians, and have the ability to be clever and funny without becoming cheesy. One could challenge my sense of humor, but I'll take Primus over any of those pretentious poser-bands out there (you know who you are, you damn posing tweekers!).

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Tue May 21 2024
4

Primus has that awesome Bass-Sound. I didn't know any of the songs on this album, but it was a good one

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Tue May 21 2024
4

Early Primus is a good bit of fun, in small doses. 4/5.

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Tue May 21 2024
3

Heard to a lot of this around when it came out, courtesy of bass-playing college friends. Primus always came off a little too stunt-act for me, though with that Zappa complication of doing it all with extremely competent musicianship. Maybe a little more tolerable to me as their lyrical shtick had more of Beefheart's madcap zany energy than Zappa's aggressive absurdist sneer (the rather serious American Life coming in as something of a non-sequitur amidst it all). The vocals don't do much of anything for me though, and now, as then, I find it overall a little exhausting.

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Tue May 21 2024
3

I like Primus, but something about the production is a little dated and Muddy for me, so having to be honest here a bit.

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Mon Jun 03 2024
3

Nearly all of the big Primus hits on this one, and a great run-through of what to expect from Les Claypool and his delightfully weird band. Does run a bit long for the melodic content (or lack thereof) it has to share, but the off-the-walls orchestration in the bass contains enough novelty horsepower to make this a fun listen regardless.

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Tue Jul 09 2024
3

As a bassist I've always been told I should love, admire, respect Primus and Les Claypool. However, the vocals are just too much like The Goon Show by Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers et al: very silly or occasionally weak like early Chili Peppers vocals before Kiedis found his strong voice. However, the bass playing is virtuoso. The music is swamp blues, funk and sometimes avant-garde jazz bringing to mind - unfortunately for me - Trout Mask Replica. Ultimately it's worth at least one listen to hear the bass being used so well and with so much innovation.

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Mon Jul 15 2024
3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Is it luck?

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Tue May 21 2024
2

Too moved in the desire to be intense, not entirely bad, however very average.

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Tue May 21 2024
2

Sort of goofy industrial faux-rage bass noodly fun time. I can see how someone could get WAY into this, and I could even imagine a world where I got WAY into this, but I don't think I'm in that world right now.

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Mon May 27 2024
1

This is not a good album. It was short. The album name was humorous. It started off alright then it progressively got worse. So many of these user chosen albums have just been straight trash.

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Thu Jul 18 2024
1

Seems like a comedy parody that I don't get

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