Les Claypool

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Leslie "Les" Edward Claypool (born September 29, 1963 in Richmond, California, USA) is a singer/bassist, best known for his work with the alternative rock band Primus. Claypool's mastery of the electric bass has brought him into the spotlight with his funky, creative playing style. Claypool mixes finger-tapping, flamenco-like strumming, a similar double-thumb technique.


  • I see all these guys now-a-days who are like the Michael Jordan of bass playing... I've always considered myself the Evil Knievil of bass playing. I just go 'out there'. In the early days all I hoped was to make a living out of what I did best. But, since there's no real market for masturbation I had to fall back on my bass playing abilities.
  • When you throw things on stage, it is a sign of small and insignificant genitalia.
  • This song, it is about a journey that myself and a good friend had a couple years ago, and.... I'll just say it, we were on hallucinogenic drugs. Sorry Dad. (introducing the song "Over The Electric Grapevine")
  • Please don't throw your shit at me... unless that shit resembles a bag of marijuana


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