FLASHBACK TO THE FUTURE PICK OF THE WEEK - “Mr Krinkle” by Primus (1993)

by Kirsten Carey

 

Primus has been something of an obsession of mine for the past few months. You can guess that Les Claypool has had a rather expansive playlist, from funk to hard rock and metal to bluegrass - hell, when I saw Primus live, they had Spike Jones blaring between sets. Yet, Primus’s music doesn’t sound like the sum of its parts, and in that way it’s completely unique. Plus, Claypool’s goofiness and dark sense of humor are an integral part of his music - it’s a kind of warped, absurdist sincerity previously popularized by early Talking Heads. But the style of disillusionment and cynicism belongs squarely in the 90s - somehow, it makes perfect sense that Primus and The Ren and Stimpy Show co-existed. (Let’s not forget Claypool’s role in South Park, after all.) What "Mr Krinkle" is actually about, if anything, is up for debate, but it communicates that trend of dealing with frustration through wittiness.