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4.31 | 33 ratings | 5 reviews | 52% 5 stars

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DVD/Video, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. John the Fisherman
2. Too Many Puppied
3. Jerry Was a Race Car Driver
4. Tommy the Cat
5. My Name Is Mud
6. Mr. Krinkle
7. DMV
8. Wynona's Big Brown Beaver
9. Southbound Pachyderm
10. Shake Hands With Beef
11. Over the Falls
12. Lacquer head
13. The Devil Went Down to Georgia


Line-up / Musicians

Tim "Herb" Alexander / drums
Les Claypool / bass, vocals
Larry LaLonde / guitar

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PRIMUS Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People ratings distribution

(33 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(52%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (9%)
Collectors/fans only (3%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

PRIMUS Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People reviews

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Review by Cygnus X-2
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Along with the short EP consisting of five brand new songs, Primus added a DVD along with it. This DVD consists of all the Primus music videos from John the Fisherman all the way to The Devil Went Down to Georgia (included for the first time on this set). Now, if you're a fan of Primus then you'll definitely like this along with the cd set that came with it. If you're new to Primus, this album and DVD will introduce you to both the new and the old Primus (and some of the best songs from all of their albums up to this one). If you're not a fan of music videos, though, you'll probably be hard pressed to find any enjoyment out of this, though.

But there's more to this than music videos, too. On top of the videos, there is commentary for all the music videos as well as concert footage spanning all eras of Primus' career, a nice photo gallery and some great rare footage of pre-Suck on This Primus (with Todd Huth and Jay Lane and Tim Wright, who were both drummers and Lane replaced Wright). Also present are interviews with the band about their evolution and their entire history. Quite nice for those just getting into the group getting essentially a history lesson on the group.

In the end, when coupled with the cd portion of the EP, this DVD is rather nice, but it doesn't really stand well on its own in my opinion. I'd recommend this set (which includes the cd if you didn't get that by now) to those just getting into Primus mainly for the DVD because you'll get a nice crash course into the group. But for me, the seasoned fan, this was a more satisfying collection than the cd part. 4/5.

Review by Slartibartfast
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / In Memoriam
4 stars I used to know Primus as just this band that did weird videos on MTV that Beavis and Butthead made fun of and of course the band that did the South Park opening theme. Then I had the good fortune to catch Les Claypool's Frog Brigade on AOL radio's Progressive "station". This was my first venture into Primus territory and it hooked me. Claypool's vocals are an acquired taste, but the musicianship is solid. The CD stuff is a reunion of the original drummer, Tim Alexander, with Les and Larry LaLonde after Tim took a break from the band. Brain aka Brian Mantia.

It's got one short CD and one DVD. The DVD is packed with all their videos and some "bootleg" quality live stuff. If you don't get cracked up by Winona's Big Brown Beaver, you have no twisted sense of humor at all. Kind of like psychedelic/psychotic cowboy music. Really cool claymation work in Southbound Pachyderm. DMV, is the Department of Motor Vehicles only as bad as it is in the United States? I can certainly identify with the lyrics there. Also includes a Primus version of The Devil Went Down To Georgia. I don't think that one's shown up on any Primus CD. Let's face it Les vocal style is a little hickish, which is why it turns off so many of y'all. Look I grew up in the U.S. southeast and still live in Georgia. TDWDTG is a progressive country music piece, if there is such a thing. All the collected videos here are a great way to introduce yourself to this band. The best stuff however is the music which didn't make it to video. The opening track, The Carpenter and the Dainty Bride, bears a little resemblance musically to the South Park theme. "The grass is always greener on the other side."

Pilcher's Squad is an excellent RIO song. It's about an English police sergeant who went around busting musicians for drug use in 1968.

Mary the Ice Cube. How many odes to an ice cube to you have in your collection anyway? Great basswork from Les. "Doesn't nothing ever last forever?" "Pretty little ice cube, where have you gone?"

The Las Superpower aka Rapscallion, shows Les' political side. The lyrics are about the U.S. in light of the current weasels controlling our government here. Has kind of a heavy King Crimson flavor to it. I can't help thinking that La Londe/Claypool/Alexander must be big fans of Fripp/King Crimson.

The CD wraps up with My Friend Fats. It's hard to really count all the Claypool songs about weird people. Fats apparently really loves to get wasted. Another song that I think illustrates this band belongs in the RIO category. It's musically complex and very weird at the same time. Great heavy instrumental jamming at the end.

Latest members reviews

4 stars There are already extensive articles around that expertly document the DVD portion of this title so I shall leave the issue in their capable hands. My primary interest is the 5 song EP of brand new Primus goodness. This is actually the album that introduced me to Primus-land via my taste in anyt ... (read more)

Report this review (#205830) | Posted by Hicks_was_right | Monday, March 9, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is the best band i have on DVD. "Animals shouldnt act like people" is a DVD showing off the music videos and backstage antics of Primus. The tracks on here are the favorites; the ones that made them become the popular band they are today. The interactive DVD includes the extras, such as "Th ... (read more)

Report this review (#127822) | Posted by fungusucantkill | Saturday, July 7, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars finally, justice is served as primus are now in the prog archives, but anyway... this dvd is a must own for any primus fan. it contains every video of theirs and is an awesome thing to watch. primus are not only a band that should be listened to, but also seen, and this dvd does great justice to ... (read more)

Report this review (#43154) | Posted by | Wednesday, August 17, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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