Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography


Eclectic Prog • United States

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Les Claypool picture
Les Claypool biography
Where do we begin to tell the story of Leslie Edward CLAYPOOL? Well, he was born in Richmond, California on September 29, 1963 into a family of auto mechanics. However, he quickly diverted away from his family's line of work to become a musician, specifically as a bass player, beginning to play the instrument around the age of 14. As he went to school, he worked as a carpenter while trying to land a position in a band. While attending school, he became friends with Kirk HAMMETT. With this connection, he was talked into auditioning for the bass position in METALLICA which was left open after the death of their bassist, Cliff BURTON. However, James HETFIELD said that CLAYPOOL was not given the job because "he was too good". CLAYPOOL admitted he wasn't into metal.

CLAYPOOL joined the band BLIND ILLUSION as their bassist where he worked together with guitarist Larry LaLONDE. In 1988, this band released their album "The Sane Asylum". In the meantime, CLAYPOOL had formed his own band called PRIMATE in 1984, which quickly changed to PRIMUS, in which he was the lead singer/bassist, together with guitarist Todd HUTH, and later decided on Tim WRIGHT as drummer and Jay LANE as replacement for HUTH. Together, they released two demo albums under the PRIMUS name called "Sucking Songs", and "Sausage". Soon after this, both LANE and WRIGHT left the band and were replaced by LaLONDE and Tim ALEXANDER and thus the beloved PRIMUS line-up was formed.

After much success, CLAYPOOL started working on other projects. Even though the PRIMUS line-up would change a little through the years and would reform several times, he still produced quite a few different projects and albums under those project names. In 1996, he released a solo album under the name LES CLAYPOOL AND THE HOLY MACKEREL. He collaborated with Trey ANASTASIO (PHISH) and Stewart COPELAND (THE POLICE) in the year 2000 as the band OYSTERHEAD, and in the same year formed the band LES CLAYPOOL'S FEARLESS FLYING FROG BRIGADE and in 2002 he collaborated with BUCKETHEAD, Bernie WORRELL (PARLIAMENT-FUNKADELIC, TALKING HEADS), and Bryan MANTIA (PRIMUS) to form COLONEL CLAYPOOL'S BUCKET OF BERNIE BRAINS.

All during this musical activity, he also managed to do a mockumentary film called "Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo" and write a book of fiction called "South of the Pumphouse". Continuing with his music career, he released more solo albums, but also created other musical projects incl...
read more

LES CLAYPOOL forum topics / tours, shows & news

LES CLAYPOOL forum topics Create a topic now
LES CLAYPOOL tours, shows & news Post an entries now

LES CLAYPOOL Videos (YouTube and more)

Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to LES CLAYPOOL


More places to buy LES CLAYPOOL music online

LES CLAYPOOL discography

Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help to complete the discography and add albums

LES CLAYPOOL top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 1 ratings
Of Whales And Woe
2.00 | 2 ratings
Of Fungi And Foe

LES CLAYPOOL Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

LES CLAYPOOL Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

0.00 | 0 ratings
5 Gallons Of Diesel
0.00 | 0 ratings

LES CLAYPOOL Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

LES CLAYPOOL Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)


Showing last 10 reviews only
Thanks to tapfret for the artist addition.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.