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Born: 1963-09-29
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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The first film I made was when I was 13 and it was called 'The Dogs That Ate Detroit.' It starred my Saint Bernard Barney, and it was a killer thriller with oodles of special effects that were cutting edge for the time.

Tags: Film, Special, Time

To me, if you're going to talk about funk, you have to go back to George Clinton and Bernie Worrell. Those guys are the giants. I've played with Bernie, and it was unreal. He's the master.

Tags: Guys, Played, Talk

You don't go see Primus to see what kind of new clothing I'm wearing or what my new hairdo is. You come to see Primus for the musical experience and the visual experience. I think, anyways. Maybe I'm wrong!

Tags: Experience, Maybe, Wrong

You know, people would always ask me, 'How long is Primus going to go on?' And I would say, 'Until it isn't fun anymore.' At the end of the '90s, it just wasn't fun anymore on many levels.

Tags: End, Fun, Until

You know, there are times when you play a song over and over and over and you get a little tired of it and you let it sit for a while. It's like, you may love eating sushi, but if you eat it every single day, you're going to get a little tired of it.

Tags: Love, Single, Tired

You know, whenever somebody comes in, in any situation - whether it's a poker game or a bobsled team or a band - it's gonna change things. And sometimes significantly.

Tags: Change, Game, Sometimes

I pretty much built a band out of the most incredible guys I could possibly find. I didn't really want a six-piece band, but it just ended up being a six-piece band because these guys are all awesome.

Tags: Awesome, Band, Pretty

You might have a favorite book or film, but you can only watch or read it so many times before you have to let it sit and then go back and realize it's your favorite still. At some point everything gets a little stale and you have to step away from it.

Tags: Away, Book, Times

As I've moved through life, I've found that I like things to be as casual and as spontaneous as possible when writing.

Tags: Life, Possible, Writing

For the past couple of years I've been pretty bored with music in general... just bored with it.

Tags: Bored, Music, Past

I liked the name Frog Brigade because it lent itself to a lot of cool imagery with the whole frog thing.

Tags: Cool, Name, Whole

I love character actors. If I'm switching channels, and something with Slim Pickens is on, or Walter Brennan, I'm stuck. I have to watch it.

Tags: Character, Love, Watch

I never think about rhythm versus melody; I've always just played to what's in my head.

Tags: Head, Played, Rhythm

I think Phish will come back. I just think it's time for a breather.

Tags: Phish, Time

I'm a big believer in spontaneity.

Tags: Believer, Big

I've had fish come up on stage, and it's pretty disgusting. I try and discourage that. I discourage anything flying up on stage, actually.

Tags: Fish, Pretty, Try

Music in general is looking for something new overall.

Tags: General, Looking, Music

New Year's was insane! It was the best show I've ever played for New Year's.

Tags: Best, Show, Year

Theaters are great. They're designed to sound good, not for basketball.

Tags: Basketball, Good, Great

We've all had our thing. I listened to the Monkees when I was little kid.

Tags: Kid, Listened, Monkees
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You can't watch 'Dr. Strangelove' with commercials. That would be sacrilegious.

Tags: Dr, Watch

I didn't realize Metallica was as big as they were. I just thought it was my buddy Kirk's band - we went to high school together. I wasn't really following metal.

Tags: School, Thought, Together

I had one guy pretend to be me, go to a hotel room, and tell the people at the front desk that it was me, and then he went in and stole all of our luggage. There's always that eager beaver that wants to be a part of the team and comes off as a sticky fly.

Tags: Off, Team, Tell

I have a very difficult time describing my music. Because I run into people in the hardware store and they go, 'Oh, you're a musician. So what kind of music do you play?' And I go, 'Uh, I've been doin' this for many years - I don't know what to call it.'

Tags: Difficult, Music, Time

I think the world is very much embracing this whole concept of musicians going out and playing their instruments and playing music for music as opposed to music that has something to do with some form of image or imagery.

Tags: Music, Playing, Whole

More than anything, I think the best thing you can do as an artist is just stay as true to yourself as possible and hope that your fan base will appreciate that.

Tags: Best, Hope, Yourself

My favorite venues are the 2,000 seat theaters, like the Warfield. If there was a Warfield in every city, I would play it. That's all I would do. I love venues like that.

Tags: City, Favorite, Love

My heroes are guys like Frank Capra and Elia Kazan and Coen brothers and Terry Gilliam, more so than a lot of bass players at this point in my life. So I've always been an old-film nut and have very much enjoyed doing videos over the years.

Tags: Guys, Life, Point

San Francisco is an interesting place. It's always been such a nice culturally diverse environment, which it still is, but there's a lot of money there now and a lot of dot com's so it's a little different than it used to be.

Tags: Money, Nice, Place

The bass is just the crayon that I picked out of the box. I'd probably be writing similar stuff if I played guitar or trumpet. The pictures I want to draw I do with this crayon I chose, which is the bass.

Tags: Guitar, Stuff, Writing

The end of the Nineties was an unhappy Primus camp. I hit a creative stagnation that wasn't helping us forward, and the personal elements, it just was time to stop.

Tags: End, Forward, Time