Kirk Hammett

Primus Still Offering Unpredictable, Oddball Rock

Primus Still Offering Unpredictable, Oddball Rock

The weird quotient in contemporary music is regrettably low. Strange wasn't so uncommon on the rock landscape a generation or so ago. Naked dancers, vasectomy footage and the various objects Gibby Haynes set on fire during Butthole Surfer concerts were a perfect complement to the Texas band's avant sounds and inscrutable lyrics.

Dread Zeppelin combined Led Zeppelin and reggae. Who can forget Tiny Tim tiptoeing through the sonic landscape with his ukulele?

All of those acts are long gone, and what does the oddball nation of rock fans have left? Primus. When the term alternative described bands back when punk broke, it was often a misnomer. But alternative perfectly describes...