Release Date: Feb 1990
Genres: Alternative Pop/Rock, Funk Metal, Alternative Metal
Number Of Tracks: 13
Released on the independent Caroline label in 1990, Frizzle Fry documents the San Francisco Bay area thrash-funk trio at its energetic best.
chris_funk_bass, on july 09, 2007 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: Frizzle Fry is the first studio album by alternative, bass driven band band Primus. It was released in the early '90s when there was a lot of ground breaking music going around. This is no exeption. Primus are in their greatest from on this album and new and inovative ideas are shown throughout the record. It contrasts greatly to the monotonous almost boring Brown Album when they changed drummers from Tim Alexander to Brain. Les's vocals are in top form here and his bass is tearing through the mix with interesting bass chords and solos. After just listening to it once you can pick out the many different styles of music they are influenced by. The whole album has a powerful raw band sound simmilar to the previous live album Suck On This but without the stuffups. This is full on Primus at their prime. // 9
Lyrics: Les has never been a fantastic vocalist and never will be but it's almost like that's what he wants. His lyrics are forcefull and just out right quirky. He writes about war (Too Many Puppies) and also about a fisherman losing his life at sea (John the Fisherman). To the untrained Primus listener his vocals could be taken as just dribble but there is meaning behind it all. // 8
Overall Impression: I have been listening to this record for years and everytime I listen to it I recognise something new. It is one of the most inovative records of modern music by one of the most innovative bands. It is hard to say what Primus sounds like. Larry LaLonde (guitarist) says his guitar parts sound like a robotic space chicken or something simmilar. What other bands would say something like that. The album (like primus) could be taken the wrong way, but you have to listen with an open mind and remember they are innovators. // 10
Biskizz, on november 08, 2011 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: This is the first studio registered album of the band and probably the best. In this album we can found lot of blues riffs and jazz sounds, alternating to very fast rock and metal riffs. The most of the songs of this album have 2 parts, the first, slower and blues sounding, and the second faster and rock sounding (see "Groundhog's Day" and "Pudding Time").
The Claypool's bass sounds awesome and Lerry LaLonde creates beautiful riffs, also the drum creates really nice rhytms. These are the songs of the album:
01. "To Defy The Laws Of Tradition" - Great bass rhythm and suggestive guitar riff with ending solo rich of distortion and vibrato.
02. "Groundhog's Day" - Like ever awesome bass and a starting blues guitar riff, at the end a crazy speed guitar solo.
03. "Too many puppies" - This song sounds a little harder, great bass line, the sound of the song doesn't change, maybe a little repetitive.
04. "Mr. Knowitall" - Wonderful instrumental, with a really nice guitar riff, but the vocal part can't compete with the instrumental.
05. "Frizzly Fry" - Fantastic sound, a little eastern, the vocal is almost spoken, but the instrumental is great like ever.
06. "John The Fisherman" - Probably the most famous of the album, it has a great sound and a catchy chorus, the slapping bass sounds awesome.
07. "You Can't Kill Michelle Malloy" - A short jam session track.
08. "The Toys Go Winding Down" - Palm muted bass for a great sound and nice guitar.
09. "Pudding Time" - This song sounds intermittent and rhythmic, with a speedy guitar solo in the second part of the song.
10. "Sathington Willoby" - Another short jam session track.
11. "Spegetti Western" - Awesome drum rhythm, a nice guitar solo with lot of distortion and the usual great bass.
12. "Harold Of The Rocks" - Catchy guitar riff and the ordinary awesome bass.
13. "To Defy" - Jam session track. // 9
Lyrics: The lyrics are usually stories, the music is perfect for the lyrics, but the singer has not a good skill. // 6
Overall Impression: In my opinion this is one of the best album of Primus, the most impressive songs of the album are "John The Fisherman", "Groundhog's Day", "Pudding Time", "To Defy The Laws Of Tradition" and "Mr. Knowitall" but also the the other song are really good. I love the guitar riffs of this album but the vocals are not good at all. And, of course, if I had lost this album I would have bought it. // 8