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Frizzle Fry

Frizzle Fry
Studio album by Primus
Released February 7, 1990 (1990-02-07)
Recorded Christmas 1989
Studio Different Fur, San Francisco, CA, USA
Genre Alternative metal, funk metal
Length 51:23
Label Caroline
Producer Primus, Matt Winegar
Primus chronology
Suck on This
Frizzle Fry
Sailing the Seas of Cheese
Singles from Frizzle Fry
  1. "John the Fisherman"
    Released: May 17, 1990
  2. "Too Many Puppies"
    Released: July 26, 1990
  3. "Mr. Knowitall"
    Released: 1990

Frizzle Fry is the debut studio album recorded by the band Primus.


  • Background 1
  • Live performance 2
  • Reception 3
    • Critical reception 3.1
    • Public reception 3.2
  • Track listing 4
  • Credits 5
    • Personnel 5.1
      • Primus 5.1.1
      • Additional musicians 5.1.2
      • Production 5.1.3
      • Visual art 5.1.4
    • Studios 5.2
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Released in 1990 on Caroline Records, it features the band's first single and minor radio hit "John the Fisherman". It was remastered in 2002, after the original had been out of print for years, and was released on Prawn Song Records. The remaster includes an extra track, named "Hello Skinny/Constantinople", a cover of the tracks "Hello Skinny" and "Constantinople" by The Residents.

"You Can't Kill Michael Malloy" is an excerpt from the Spent Poets song of the same name. The album's producer, Matt Winegar, who also recorded and produced Suck on This, was a member of the group, and a clip is featured just before "The Toys Go Winding Down". The beginning of "To Defy the Laws of Tradition" is an excerpt from the song "YYZ" by the band Rush on their album Moving Pictures, and was also featured in the live version of "John the Fisherman" which appears on Suck on This.

"Too Many Puppies" has been adopted by some sports venues as bumper music. The track "John the Fisherman" was used in the video game Guitar Hero II.[1]

Live performance

The album was performed live in its entirety on their Hallucino-Genetics Tour in 2004 and few more times in 2010.[2] During Primus' 2004 Hallucino-Genetics Tour, where Frizzle Fry was performed as the second set, "You Can't Kill Michael Malloy" was used in its entirety as a short set break, as opposed to merely the excerpt.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic [3]
Robert Christgau [4]

Critical reception

Reviewing the album for Allmusic, Ned Raggett notes that "it's pretty easy to see in retrospect how much of a melange went into the group's work. Nods but thankfully few outright steals to everything from Frank Zappa's arch humor and Funkadelic's sprawl to the Police's early, spare effectiveness crop up and, indeed, so does plenty of Metallica." He contends that "something about Frizzle Fry is ultimately and perfectly of its time and place."[3] Robert Christgau simply describes the album as "Don Knotts Jr. joins the Minutemen."[4]

Public reception

Frizzle Fry was well received by the public. On Rate Your Music the album has an average rating of 3.75 of 5, based on more than 2,550 ratings,[5] and on Sputnikmusic the album has an "excellent" average rating of 4.2 of 5, based on more than 850 ratings.[6]

Track listing

All lyrics written by Claypool, all music composed by Primus, except where noted.

No. Title Music Guitar melodies by Length
1. "To Defy the Laws of Tradition"     Huth 6:42
2. "Groundhog's Day" (alternative title: "Ground Hog's Day")   Huth 4:58
3. "Too Many Puppies"       3:57
4. "Mr. Knowitall"       3:51
5. "Frizzle Fry"     Huth 6:04
6. "John the Fisherman"     Huth 3:37
7. "You Can't Kill Michael Malloy" (performed by Matt Winegar) Winegar   0:25
8. "The Toys Go Winding Down"       4:35
9. "Pudding Time"     Huth 4:08
10. "Sathington Willoughby"       0:24
11. "Spegetti Western"       5:43
12. "Harold of the Rocks"     Huth 6:17
13. "To Defy"     Huth 0:36
Total length:


Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.[7]



Additional musicians

  • Todd Huth – acoustic guitar on "The Toys Go Winding Down"
  • Sathington Willoughby Orchestra
    • Les Claypool aka "Snap" – banjo, string bass
    • Larry LaLonde aka "Chunker" – archtop acoustic guitar
    • Tim Alexander aka "Herb" – toy organ
    • Matt Winegar aka "Exxon" – toy piano
    • Todd Huth – acoustic guitar


  • Primus – production
  • Matt "Exxon" Winegar – production (except "Hello Skinny/Constantinople")
  • Ron Rigler – engineering
  • Matt Murman – second engineer
  • Stephen Marcussen – remastering

Visual art



  1. ^ "Guitar Hero II Final Tracklist Revealed".  
  2. ^ "Interview with Les Claypool of Primus: Odd Man Out | The Aquarian Weekly". 2010-10-08. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  3. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. - PrimusFrizzle Fry at AllMusic
  4. ^ a b "Robert Christgau: CG: Primus". 
  5. ^ "Frizzle Fry by Primus (Album, Funk Metal)". Sonemic. Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Primus - Frizzle Fry User Opinions".  
  7. ^ Frizzle Fry (remastered edition, liner notes).  

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