Too Many Puppies

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"Too Many Puppies"
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Single by Primus
from the album Frizzle Fry
ReleasedJuly 26, 1990
Genre Alternative metal
Length3:56
Label Caroline (1990)
Prawn Song (2002)
Songwriter(s) Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde, Tim Alexander
Producer(s) Primus and "Exxon" Matt Winegar
Primus singles chronology
"John the Fisherman"
(1990)
"Too Many Puppies"
(1990)
"Mr. Knowitall"
(1990)

"Too Many Puppies" is a song by the American rock band Primus, released as the second single from their debut studio album Frizzle Fry (1990). It was the first Primus song bassist and lead singer Les Claypool ever composed. [1] A reworked version featuring drummer Bryan "Brain" Mantia can be found on their Rhinoplasty EP (1998).

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Primus (band) rock band from the United States

Primus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry "Ler" LaLonde and drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander. Primus originally formed in 1984 with Claypool and guitarist Todd Huth, later joined by drummer Jay Lane, though the latter two departed the band at the end of 1988. Featuring LaLonde and Alexander, Primus recorded their debut Suck on This in 1989, followed by four studio albums: Frizzle Fry, Sailing the Seas of Cheese, Pork Soda, and Tales from the Punchbowl. Alexander left the band in 1996, replaced by Bryan "Brain" Mantia, and Primus went on to record the original theme song for the TV show South Park and two more albums, Brown Album and Antipop, before declaring a hiatus in 2000.

<i>Frizzle Fry</i> 1990 studio album by Primus

Frizzle Fry is the debut studio album by the American rock band Primus. The album was recorded in December 1989 and released on February 7, 1990.

Contents

Lyrics

The song is mostly about the band's reflection on war, and how many soldiers are too young to go off to war, parodying the idea of "the dogs of war" by claiming the dogs are merely puppies.[ citation needed ] The song was written six years prior to the first Persian Gulf War (despite being released in 1990) and was possibly about violence happening around the region during that time period, such as the Soviet–Afghan War or Iran–Iraq War.[ citation needed ]

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Music video

A video was in production for "Too Many Puppies", but the project was canceled when Primus was signed to Interscope Records.[ citation needed ] The video had been a rarity until 2003, when it was released on Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People . The music video features a man who, after shaving his head, acts weird with army material (such as an army helmet, a pair of boots, and a rifle) and a woman in makeup (presumably his mother) and milk, all in accordance with the song's lyrics; interspersed are shots of the band playing live in front of a rowdy crowd.

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<i>Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People</i> 2003 video and EP by Primus

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Live

Occasionally, when playing the song live, Les Claypool plays the opening riff of Metallica's "Master of Puppets" as a bridge before the final verse.[ citation needed ]

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Master of Puppets (song) single

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Reception

AllMusic writer Ned Raggett thought it was one of the best songs on Frizzle Fry. [2]

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AXS ranked "Too Many Puppies" the third best Primus song. [3]

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Track listing

Tracklisting taken from the back cover of the single [4]

All lyrics written by Les Claypool.

No.TitleLength
1."As the Toys Go Winding Down"4:52
2."Frizzle Fry"6:45
3."John the Fisherman"4:01
4."Spegetti Western"6:36
5."Harold of the Rocks"8:02
6."Mr. Know It All"4:25
7."Groundhogs Day"5:40
8."Tommy the Cat"5:55
9."Too Many Puppies"4:29

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References

  1. https://consequenceofsound.net/2017/09/les-claypool-breaks-down-the-entire-primus-discography/full-post
  2. https://www.allmusic.com/album/frizzle-fry-mw0000674450
  3. https://www.axs.com/primus-s-10-best-songs-46130
  4. https://www.discogs.com/Primus-Too-Many-Puppies/release/1399321