Antipop

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Antipop
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 19, 1999
Recorded1999
Studio
Genre
Length63:15
LabelInterscope, Prawn Song
ProducerPrimus, Tom Morello, Stewart Copeland, Tom Waits, Matt Stone, Fred Durst
Primus chronology
Rhinoplasty
(1998)
Antipop
(1999)
Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People
(2003)
Singles from Antipop
  1. "Lacquer Head"
    Released: 1999
  2. "Electric Uncle Sam"
    Released: 1999

Antipop is the sixth studio album by the American rock band Primus, released on October 19, 1999. It was the band's final release before their hiatus from 2000 to 2003. It was also the last album with drummer Bryan Mantia.

Production[edit]

The album features several well-known guest musicians and producers, including Tom Waits, James Hetfield (of Metallica), Jim Martin (former member of Faith No More), Fred Durst (of Limp Bizkit) and Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine).

The band has regarded the album's production as tense and uncomfortable, with the members of the band not getting along well with each other during recording. Claypool has stated "Antipop was the most difficult record we ever made, because there was a lot of tension between the three of us, and there was some doubt at the label as to whether we knew what the hell we were doing anymore. But there was some great things to come out of it, like the tune we did with Tom Waits, 'Coattails of a Dead Man'. I love that song."[2] After the release of the album the band went on a three-year hiatus from 2000 to 2003. Claypool said "We went on a hiatus, which is a fancy way of saying we just didn’t like being around each other and we wanted to break up but we didn’t have the balls to actually break up. I think we stopped before we totally shit our pants, but I think the closest we came was doing the Antipop record,"[3]

While producing the song "Lacquer Head", Durst encouraged Primus to return to the more aggressive metal sound of their earlier albums Sailing the Seas of Cheese and Frizzle Fry for Antipop.[4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[5]

The album received mostly positive reviews from critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic gave the album a positive review, describing the album as "one of Primus' most ambitious and best efforts", noting that "some collaborations are among the best things Primus has ever recorded". Towards the end of the piece, Erlewine sums up his views by admitting that "they're not always successful, but no two songs sound the same [...] and even if it's not to your particular taste, it's hard not to respect this."[5]

The band themselves were not pleased with how the album turned out, their dissatisfaction being a contributing factor to their brief dissolution. Les Claypool said "We were reaching the end of our creative rope. The well was just dry, so we just started sucking mud".[6] In a 2015 interview, Claypool additionally characterized the album as "somewhat directionless", adding that "for the most part, it’s my least favorite Primus record.[3]

Live performance[edit]

Songs from Antipop, along with those from their previous record, Brown Album, are rarely played live.[7] Several of the album's songs have never been played live.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Intro"Tom Waits, Primus0:17
2."Electric Uncle Sam"Tom Morello, Primus2:55
3."Natural Joe"Matt Stone, Primus4:12
4."Lacquer Head"Fred Durst, Primus3:49
5."The Antipop"Primus5:33
6."Eclectic Electric"Primus8:34
7."Greet the Sacred Cow"Primus5:10
8."Mama Didn't Raise No Fool"Tom Morello, Primus5:04
9."Dirty Drowning Man"Stewart Copeland4:48
10."Ballad of Bodacious"Primus3:28
11."Power Mad"Tom Morello, Primus3:42
12."The Final Voyage of the Liquid Sky"Primus5:39
13."Coattails of a Dead Man" (The song "Coattails of a Dead Man" ends at 5:17. After a minute of silence a studio version of "The Heckler" from Suck on This plays.)Tom Waits, Primus9:57
  • Around 38 seconds into the title track, the phrase "They're Here", from Poltergeist, can be heard right before the music starts playing.

Personnel[edit]

Guest musicians

Guest producers

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1999 The Billboard 200 #44
Singles
Single Chart Position
"Lacquer Head" Modern Rock Tracks 36
Mainstream Rock Tracks 38

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://teamrock.com/feature/2016-12-14/the-10-essential-alt-metal-albums
  2. ^ They Can't All Be Zingers (Media notes). Primus. Interscope Records. 2006.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ a b Jones, Bill. "Rank Your Records: Les Claypool Rates Primus' Albums". Noisey. Retrieved 2017-08-19. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ Devenish, Colin (2000). Limp Bizkit. St. Martin's. pp. 159–60. ISBN 0-312-26349-X.
  5. ^ a b Antipop review at allmusic.
  6. ^ Diamond, Austen. "Les Claypool: Bassist/Fisherman Extraordinaire". Cityweekly. Retrieved 2012-10-15. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ a b "Interview with Les Claypool of Primus: Odd Man Out | The Aquarian Weekly". Theaquarian.com. 2010-10-08. Retrieved 2013-03-01.