Miscellaneous Debris

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Miscellaneous Debris
Primus Miscellaneous Debris.jpg
EP by
ReleasedMarch 12, 1992 (1992-03-12)
StudioCoast Records, San Francisco, CA
Primus chronology
Sailing the Seas of Cheese
Miscellaneous Debris
Pork Soda
Singles from Miscellaneous Debris
  1. "Making Plans for Nigel"
    Released: 1992

Miscellaneous Debris is an EP of five cover songs by Primus, released on March 12, 1992. The EP is the first release by the band to feature Les Claypool playing his now-famous fretless six-string Carl Thompson bass, nicknamed the "Rainbow Bass".


Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Daily VaultA[2]

In his review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine describes the EP as "Primus' best release". He notes that the band "plays actual songs instead of sketching out a few ideas as an excuse for jamming", which means that "Miscellaneous Debris isn't as weird and alienating as previous albums", concluding that the band's covers "show flashes of brilliance, largely due to the loose yet focused musicianship."[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Miscellaneous Debris peaked at #69 on the Australian ARIA singles chart in May 1994.[3] Although the EP never charted on the Billboard 200, its sole single "Making Plans for Nigel" peaked at #30 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart February 15, 1992.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength
1."Intruder"Peter GabrielPeter Gabriel4:18
2."Making Plans for Nigel"Colin MouldingXTC3:35
3."Sinister Exaggerator"The ResidentsThe Residents3:37
4."Tippi Toes"The MetersThe Meters1:16
5."Have a Cigar"Roger WatersPink Floyd5:29
Total length:18:07


Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.[5]




Visual art[edit]

  • "Snap" – sculpture
  • Mary Scanlan – Photography
  • Paul "Bosco" Haggard – photography



  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Miscellaneous Debris - Primus at AllMusic
  2. ^ Crigler, Pete (2019). "The Daily Vault Music Reviews : Miscellaneous Debris". dailyvault.com. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  3. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 12 Jun 1994". ARIA. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  4. ^ "Primus - Chart history". Billboard.com. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  5. ^ Miscellaneous Debris (liner notes). Primus. Interscope Records. 1992.CS1 maint: others (link)

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