|production credits unknown|
|Released on April 20, 1993|
|US CHART POSITION #7 . . . GOLD RECORD (9/24/93), PLATINUM (5/6/97) . . . UK CHART POSITION #56|
|Find it at GEMM|
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S o this is what happened to Stump. Not the musical artists of Stump, but the aesthetic behind them: rubbery bass lines, insane guitar parts and a vocal style that could be described as someone tripping on acid for the first time and realizing how much the human lips and two pieces of taffy have in common. I remember listening to A Fierce Pancake and thinking that the world needed a lot more lunatic pioneers like this. Enter Primus. More than a chip off the old Stump, they’re the musical equivalent of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre: over-the-top all of the time. I’ve seen comparisons made to Rush (unjustified in my opinion) and King Crimson (justified), which would seem to place Primus in the progressive camp, but I disagree. Stump wasn’t progressive rock. Butthole Surfers weren’t progressive rock either. They were noisemongers, childish in intent if technically accomplished in execution, closer to punk than prog. For example, as much as I enjoy a track like “My Name Is Mud,” I can’t help thinking how much better it would have been if the lyrics weren’t so stupid. (And that’s where Stump has them beat.) As a result, I enjoy the instrumentals on Pork Soda more than the songs sometimes. When your big lyrical payoff is the F word (“The Air Is Getting Slippery”), you’ve got a little soul-searching to do. Musically, Primus is astounding, then idiosyncratic and, finally, a little annoying. As tempting as it is to blast this music out of your boombox and scare the hell out of everyone, you don’t need a whole album to do it. Even Picasso painted real figures before twisting them into grotesque shapes. Without that reference point, I became inured to the gross and grotesque world of Pork Soda pretty quickly. At some point in your life, you should listen to Primus, if only to calibrate your casaba melon. But listening to a lot of it, I suspect, will soften that melon pretty quickly.
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|WW||April 20, 1993||Interscope||CD||92257||lyric sleeve|
|BRA||1993||BMG Ariola||LP||6708314||lyric insert|
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