Does Primus Still Suck?
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Does Primus Still Suck?



At The Dwarf we most love prolonged, passive-aggressive bouts of social media drama. Especially when the drama has been marinating over a few years and concerns people who aren’t involved and don’t care. As far as latent fights go, then, Primus’ whole ‘sucks’ thing is the stuff of contemporary legend and I daresay their Big Day Out presence has only served to stir things up again.

If you ask me, it’s time their stage-worn adage is retired. And if you’re not following it works like this: Primus used to ‘suck’, and their fans would tell them they sucked, and everyone would have a good finger-quote laugh about how they didn’t actually suck. Seemed for a while to be the perfect tagline for Les Claypool’s warped rockabilly shtick but the in-joke, I believe, has become tiresome. I say we bust out the constructive superlatives henceforth and give them the sincerest form of credit we can muster. I say that’s what Claypool would want now.

MAYBE IT’S NOT THAT SIMPLE, THOUGH

The YouTube community is fiercely divided over whether or not Primus actually sucks. Check out the comments below. They belong to a clip for a cover of Jerry Reed’s ‘Amos Moses’:
Does Primus Still Suck?

Does Primus Still Suck?

Does Primus Still Suck?

We’ve two for the affirmative and two for the negative. At this stage it looks like those holding onto ‘Primus sucks’ followed Claypool from day dot like bloody apostles and cannot let it go. Those keen to ditch the suffix appear to be younger, cooler types: Those you’d expect to see wearing a Billabong tee in the pit because flannelette shirts are too ‘John the Fisherman-y’. In any case, there's this guy who thinks Primus actually sucks:

Does Primus Still Suck?

WHAT DO PRIMUS THINK?

They’ve said nothing about it. Nothing at all. The boys’ Twitter feed:

Does Primus Still Suck?

The YouTube video below was taken during a recent Primus show in the US. Note the crowd chanting ‘Primus sucks!’ during overture. They’re the only ones. Les and the guys say nothing:


Not a whiff of ‘sucks’ in this one either:


So it’s probably quite likely that Primus doesn’t suck anymore. I get the feeling Les is keen to leave the pleasantry behind. Our advice for seeing them at Big Day Out? If everyone else starts yelling it, feel free to join in, but don’t be the guy to start the chant.

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