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(Posted: June 10, 2001. Got a tip to share? Email us.)

Primus frontman covers "Animals"
Les Claypool's Frog Brigade covers Floyd's 1977 album in its entirety

Primus frontman Les Claypool and his Frog Brigade will release "Live Frogs — Set 2" on July 24. The album is a song-for-song cover of Pink Floyd's 1977 "Animals" album.

"Nothing was more haunting to a prepubescent kid of those days than the sound of the squealing pig at the beginning of the aptly titled 'Pigs,'" Claypool said. "The 'Animals' record is one of those albums I've purchased multiple times over the years, and the aforementioned 'Pigs' is a song that I've always dreamed of performing given the right instrumentation.

"In the summer of 2000, I put together a little group called the Frog Brigade. With the Brigade, I had the instrumentation I needed to perform the tune. As we started learning 'Pigs,' I realized that we could take it one step further and actually play the album in its entirety."

The Frog Brigade consists of Claypool; Todd Huth, guitar; Skerik, saxophone; Jay Lane, drums; Jeff Chimenti, keyboards; and Eenor, guitar.

The album was recorded live in October 2000 at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall.

Listen for a track from "Live Frogs — Set 2" as part of The Dog Days of Summer "Floydian Slip"™ program on July 22. Learn more about Claypool at www.lesclaypool.com.


(Posted: June 10, 2001; Revised Dec. 1, 2002)


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