For a short time in 1991, I got a kick out of Primus, the offbeat punk/funk/in-joke trio led by the interminably obnoxious Les Claypool. I particularly loved "Tommy The Cat," a song highlighted by a killer Tom Waits cameo. For an even shorter time, I thought I enjoyed Sean Lennon's attempts at making indie music, but quickly grew bored. Then, my friend sends me the video for "Blood & Rockets," a new single (!) from The Claypool Lennon Delirium, taken from their second release "South Of Reality" and suddenly I am no longer offended by Claypool's sophomoric sense of humor and no longer bored with Mr. Lennon. Quite the contrary!
"South Of Reality" is a smart, exciting, well-played, and admittedly, somewhat out of control mix of Pepper-era Beatles, Barrett-era Floyd, and all the listenable bits from your favorite psych and prog records. It has more than a few kitchen sinks, but always keeps you engaged by never forgetting to toss in a great hook or melody with everything else. I enjoyed the CLD's RSD E.P. from a few years ago where they covered Floyd, The Who, and King Crimson, but that was easy. I already knew and loved the songs and the only task was to not fuck them up and they didn't. I plan on spending a lot more time with "South Of Reality" before I go backwards to their debut. But right now, this record is killing me.
Here are two faves for your listening pleasure.