New band crawls out of the Claypool.Byline: Lewis Taylor The Register-Guard
Les Claypool Leslie Edward "Les" Claypool (born September 29, 1963 in Richmond, California, U.S.) is a singer, lyricist, bassist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, best known for his work with the alternative rock band Primus. is no stranger to unusual band names, but Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains (C2B3) is a rock supergroup featuring guitarist Buckethead, bassist Les Claypool, keyboardist Bernie Worrell, and drummer Bryan Mantia. might just take the cake.
Claypool - the mad bass player from Primus, Les Claypool's Frog Brigade and Oysterhead - says there's an explanation for the unwieldy title of his latest supergroup.
As the story goes, members of Praxis - drummer Brian "Brain" Mantia, guitarist Buckethead and keyboardist Bernie Worrell Bernie Worrell (born April 19, 1944) is an American keyboardist and composer best known for his work with Parliament-Funkadelic and Talking Heads. Biography
Worrell was born in Long Beach, New Jersey and grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey. - were scheduled to play the 2002 Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tenn. But their leader, Bill Laswell Bill Laswell (born February 12, 1955 in Salem, Illinois and raised in Albion, Michigan) is an American bassist, producer and record label owner. He is married to Ethiopian singer Gigi. , failed to show.
Claypool, who was performing with his Frog Brigade, invited the wayward trio to join him on stage. They had no songs, no setlist and no sound check.
The least they could have was a name.
"It just seemed like an interesting way to get everyone's name in the title," Claypool said in a news release. "Those guys ... they wanted to play."
Nobody in the group imagined anything other than a one-off performance at Bonnaroo, but fans were calling for more. Several sold-out shows later and the group started talking about an album.
Claypool and company come to the McDonald Theatre today for a performance in support of the new album, "The Big Eyeball See eyeballs and eyeball driven. in the Sky." The group has included skits and a puppet show at some of its perfor- mances.
It took all of five days of work in Claypool's private studio to track the songs for "The Big Eyeball," a jagged jangle of quirky lyrics and big bass riffs. Written during the dramatic lead-up to the Iraq War Iraq War: see under Persian Gulf Wars.
or Second Persian Gulf War
Brief conflict in 2003 between Iraq and a combined force of troops largely from the U.S. and Great Britain; and a subsequent U.S. , the record is more than just the instrumental musings of a supergroup.
Claypool gets downright political on songs such as "Ignorance Is Bliss" and "Junior" (`There's a boy named Junior/ Playing Uncle Sam/ Gotta a master plan/ Like Vietnam').
Which is not to say he doesn't show his famous oddball side, too. "Tyranny of the Hunt" is a song about an urban legend Myths about anything and everything that barely have a shred of truth in them, yet seem to take on a persistent life of their own. Before the Internet, such urban folklore as "alligators in New York City sewers" was carried in magazines and newspapers. involving cocaine, gangrene gangrene, local death of body tissue. Dry gangrene, the most common form, follows a disturbance of the blood supply to the tissues, e.g., in diabetes, arteriosclerosis, thrombosis, or destruction of tissue by injury. and the male sexual organ.
"Really, the record came out better than I thought it would," the self-deprecating Claypool told Bass Player Magazine recently. "Not that I had low expectations, but I really didn't think we'd come up with any songs.
`I thought it was going to end up being a series of instrumentals or whatever."
Claypool, who has a tendency to steal the spotlight with his thunderous thun·der·ous
1. Producing thunder or a similar sound.
2. Loud and unrestrained in a way that suggests thunder: thunderous applause. bass playing, is kept in check by the enigmatic Buckethead, a player known for his solos, strange effects and for the fact that he wears an empty chicken bucket on his head.
Before joining the Bucket of Bernie Brains, Buckethead and Mantia did time in the short-lived Guns N' Roses revival. Having moved on to Claypool's group, both musicians seemed grateful for the chance to be a part of a more collaborative effort.
"We approached (this project) as free-form," Mantia said in a news release. `Every take was different. It wasn't like, `Here's where I have to do that lick for `Sweet Child o' Mine' or something stupid like that.'
While Claypool heaped praise on all of his players, he was clearly impressed by Worrell. The veteran P-Funk member and former Talking Head brought to the table a lot of experience and some heavy duty keyboard playing.
"Bernie, I was most amazed a·maze
v. a·mazed, a·maz·ing, a·maz·es
1. To affect with great wonder; astonish. See Synonyms at surprise.
2. Obsolete To bewilder; perplex.
v.intr. by," Claypool said. "He said he'd have arthritis and that he could only (play) something once. So we just hit record and he'd play and our jaws would drop.
`His musical sensibilities are incredible."
Lewis Taylor can be reached at 338-2512 or ltaylor@guardnet .com.
Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains
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When: 8 p.m. today
Where: McDonald Theatre, 1010 Willamette St.
Tickets: $18.50 in advance, $20 at the door
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