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Les Claypool is an American musician and writer with a net worth of $15 million dollars. He best known as the bass player and lead vocalist of the group Primus. At 14 he began playing the bass guitar. In high school Les was buddies with Kirk Hammett of Metallica. Claypool auditioned for Metallica but it failed to work out. Claypool formed the group Primus that was initially called Primate in 1984. The group headlined Lollapalooza in 1993 and played at Woodstock ’94.

Les Claypool Net Worth $15 Million Dollars

They were featured in the film Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. They recorded the theme song for the show South Park. Claypool released a movie Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo in 2006. He could be an avid fly fisher and began Claypool Basements which makes wine.

Quick Facts

Birth date: September 29, 1963
Birth place: Richmond, California, United States
Height:6' 2" (1.88 m)
Profession:Music Department, Soundtrack, Actor
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Cheney Claypool (m. 1995)
Music groups:Primus, Duo de Twang
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Member, with Sean Lennon, of Claypool Lennon Delirium.
2Lead singer, songwriter and bassist for Alternative Music group, Primus. [1996]
3(2003-) Touring with Primus, after the 2-year break-up.
4High-school friend of Metallica's Kirk Hammett.
5Auditioned for bassist position in Metallica in 1986 after their previous bassist, Cliff Burton, was killed in a tour bus accident. Claypool didn't get the gig because his style was considered "too funky".
6The original Primus members are Claypool, Jay Lane (drums) and Todd Huth (guitar). The side project band Sausage is a reunion of the original Primus members (who recorded the Primus demo "Sausage" before Lane and Huth left, hence the side project name).


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Slap and Flemenco styles on bass


Quotes

#Quote
1San Francisco is an interesting place. It's always been such a nice culturally diverse environment, which it still is, but there's a lot of money there now and a lot of dot com's so it's a little different than it used to be.
2My favorite venues are the 2,000 seat theaters, like the Warfield. If there was a Warfield in every city, I would play it. That's all I would do. I love venues like that.
3If I'm home and I come up with something, I'll try to record it, but a lot of the time I'll forget to. A lot of things go off into space and never come back 'cause I just don't remember them.
4The bass is just the crayon that I picked out of the box. I'd probably be writing similar stuff if I played guitar or trumpet. The pictures I want to draw I do with this crayon I chose, which is the bass.
5I've never been on the cover of 'Tiger Beat' magazine, let's put it that way. But that's not why you go see Primus. You don't go see Primus to see what kind of new clothing I'm wearing or what my new hairdo is.
6You don't go see Primus to see what kind of new clothing I'm wearing or what my new hairdo is. You come to see Primus for the musical experience and the visual experience. I think, anyways. Maybe I'm wrong!
7To me, if you're going to talk about funk, you have to go back to George Clinton and Bernie Worrell. Those guys are the giants. I've played with Bernie, and it was unreal. He's the master.
8I think the world is very much embracing this whole concept of musicians going out and playing their instruments and playing music for music as opposed to music that has something to do with some form of image or imagery.
9I don't really listen to bassists - not anymore. When I was younger, I listened to those guys and was trying to figure out everything they did. Nowadays, I draw inspiration from everybody.
10I had one guy pretend to be me, go to a hotel room, and tell the people at the front desk that it was me, and then he went in and stole all of our luggage. There's always that eager beaver that wants to be a part of the team and comes off as a sticky fly.
11The first film I made was when I was 13 and it was called 'The Dogs That Ate Detroit.' It starred my Saint Bernard Barney, and it was a killer thriller with oodles of special effects that were cutting edge for the time.
12My heroes are guys like Frank Capra and Elia Kazan and Coen brothers and Terry Gilliam, more so than a lot of bass players at this point in my life. So I've always been an old-film nut and have very much enjoyed doing videos over the years.
13I didn't realize Metallica was as big as they were. I just thought it was my buddy Kirk's band - we went to high school together. I wasn't really following metal.
14Theaters are great. They're designed to sound good, not for basketball.
15I have a very difficult time describing my music. Because I run into people in the hardware store and they go, 'Oh, you're a musician. So what kind of music do you play?' And I go, 'Uh, I've been doin' this for many years - I don't know what to call it.'
16We've all had our thing. I listened to the Monkees when I was little kid.
17Band chemistry is a tricky thing. If one guy isn't feeling right with the other guys, everything gets thrown off. When you get the personalities and the chemistry right, that's a grand slam.
18Play as much as you can as often as you can with as many people as you can. That's how you learn and grow.
19I think Phish will come back. I just think it's time for a breather.
20I've just always had a soft spot for character actors.
21I love character actors. If I'm switching channels, and something with Slim Pickens is on, or Walter Brennan, I'm stuck. I have to watch it.
22Music in general is looking for something new overall.
23I have a very difficult time describing my music.
24You can't watch 'Dr. Strangelove' with commercials. That would be sacrilegious.
25From my experience, moving through life, things tend to go in eight- to 10-year cycles. Friends, relationships and whatnot.
26For me to do a project - I have a pretty successful solo career, so - for me to even want to do Primus, it had to be a creative step forward.
27You might have a favorite book or film, but you can only watch or read it so many times before you have to let it sit and then go back and realize it's your favorite still. At some point everything gets a little stale and you have to step away from it.
28You know, whenever somebody comes in, in any situation - whether it's a poker game or a bobsled team or a band - it's gonna change things. And sometimes significantly.
29You know, there are times when you play a song over and over and over and you get a little tired of it and you let it sit for a while. It's like, you may love eating sushi, but if you eat it every single day, you're going to get a little tired of it.
30I pretty much built a band out of the most incredible guys I could possibly find. I didn't really want a six-piece band, but it just ended up being a six-piece band because these guys are all awesome.
31You know, people would always ask me, 'How long is Primus going to go on?' And I would say, 'Until it isn't fun anymore.' At the end of the '90s, it just wasn't fun anymore on many levels.
32New Year's was insane! It was the best show I've ever played for New Year's.
33I've had fish come up on stage, and it's pretty disgusting. I try and discourage that. I discourage anything flying up on stage, actually.
34It's always hard to put your finger on what it is that makes Primus Primus.
35As I've moved through life, I've found that I like things to be as casual and as spontaneous as possible when writing.
36I never think about rhythm versus melody; I've always just played to what's in my head.
37The end of the Nineties was an unhappy Primus camp. I hit a creative stagnation that wasn't helping us forward, and the personal elements, it just was time to stop.
38For the past couple of years I've been pretty bored with music in general... just bored with it.
39I've always said the bass just happens to be the crayon I picked out of the box. I'd still be drawing the same pictures... should I have picked trumpet or accordion or guitar, whatever it may be. The sounds in my head are still the same.
40More than anything, I think the best thing you can do as an artist is just stay as true to yourself as possible and hope that your fan base will appreciate that.
41I liked the name Frog Brigade because it lent itself to a lot of cool imagery with the whole frog thing.
42Daniel Day-Lewis is my favorite actor walking the planet right now. He never ceases to amaze me.
43Because nobody wanted to play bass, I was instantly in a band.
44Comedians get jokes offered to them, rock stars get women and underwear thrown onstage, and I get guys that want to take me fishing.
45I enjoy my John Deere tractor quite a lot. It's a tool that I must use to keep Mother Nature at bay. I have all kinds of things encroaching on my property.
46I like to open new doors and blaze new trails through the jungle and all that whatnot. What keeps me goin' all these years is changin' it up.
47I'm a big believer in spontaneity.
48In the early days all I hoped was to make a living out of what I did best. But, since there's no real market for masturbation I had to fall back on my bass playing abilities.


Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009Maverick Movie AwardMaverick Movie AwardsBest Soundtrack: FeaturePig Hunt (2008)· Robert Mailer Anderson


Filmography

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
South Park1997-2016TV Series composer - 222 episodes
Robot Chicken2005-2014TV Series composer - 73 episodes
Pig Hunt2008musical director
Robot Chicken: Star Wars2007TV Short composer: theme music
The Devil Went Down to Georgia1996Short musician: bass / musician: vocals

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Challenge2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
ATV Offroad Fury2001Video Game writer: "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver"
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater1999Video Game writer: "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" - as Primus
Beavis and Butt-Head in Virtual Stupidity1995Video Game writer: "DMV", "Riddles are Abound Tonight"
Airheads1994lyrics: "Bastardizing Jellikit" - as Claypool
Beavis and Butt-Head1994TV Series writer - 1 episode
One Hit Wonderland2013TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Cry Baby: The Pedal that Rocks the World2011Video documentary writer: "Those Damned Blue Collar Tweekers"
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III2010TV Movie writer: "Robot Chicken"
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Zack and Miri Make a Porno2008writer: "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver"
Pig Hunt2008performer: "Goblins in the Forest", "What you lookin' at Boy?", "Boonville Stomp", "Male Organ-Grinder" / writer: "Goblins in the Forest", "What you lookin' at Boy?", "Boonville Stomp", "Male Organ-Grinder"
South Park2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero II2006Video Game writer: "JOHN THE FISHERMAN" - as Claypool
Barnyard2006lyrics: "Hittin' the Hay" / performer: "Hittin' the Hay"
Never Been Done: The Jon Comer Story2004Documentary "David Mackalaster"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
TripTank2015-2016TV SeriesCaller / Lefty / Voice
The Murders of Brandywine Theater2014Moxxy (voice)
Pig Hunt2008Preacher
Electric Apricot2006Lapland 'Lapdog' Miclovich
Fish On2006Video
Primus Hallucino-Genetics Live 20042004VideoBass, Vocals
The Hot Show2002TV MovieMC Amish Back-up Band
South Park1998TV SeriesPrimus
Pink as the Day She Was Born1997Stevie
The Devil Went Down to Georgia1996ShortNarrator (voice)
Kung Fu Rascals1992Sherriff of Ching Wa County
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey1991Primus

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Robot Chicken2015TV Series 1 episode
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II2008TV Short
Robot Chicken: Star Wars2007TV Short
Electric Apricot2006
Kung Fu Rascals1992

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Electric Apricot2006
Primus: Videoplasty1998Video documentary

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Electric Apricot2006

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Electric Apricot2006

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Primus: Videoplasty1998Video documentary producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone2010Documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents2015Documentary
SXSW Flashback 20142014TV MovieHimself
Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story2011Documentary
Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone2010DocumentaryHimself
Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage2010DocumentaryHimself, Primus
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2009TV SeriesHimself
Best of the Jammys, Volume Two2007VideoHimself
Best of the Jammys, Volume One2006VideoHimself
Blame It on the Fish2006Video documentaryHimself on Bass / Vocals
2005 Jammys Live: From the Theater at Madison Square Garden2006TV MovieHimself
Nomad2005Documentary shortHimself
AV Squad2004TV SeriesHimself
VH1 Goes Inside2003TV Series documentaryHimself
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2002TV Series documentaryThemselves
Rising Low2002DocumentaryHimself
Lapdance 012001VideoHimself
We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll2001DocumentaryHimself (Primus)
Primus: Videoplasty1998Video documentaryLes Claypool
South Park (Chef: Behind the Menu)1998TV ShortHimself
Behind the Music1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Space Ghost Coast to Coast1996TV SeriesHimself
The Anti Gravity Room1995TV SeriesHimself
A Spinal Tap Reunion: The 25th Anniversary London Sell-Out1992TV MovieHimself
Sex in the 90's1990TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself

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