Before we get going on today’s show I want to mention that all of the audio I’m going to be linking to on this blog is coming straight from www.toasterland.com. If you’ve never been there, check it out right now. It is the Primus/Les Claypool setlist database, and without it this blog would not be possible. I have gotten more hours of pure bliss from Toaster’s site than from any other. So a BIG thank you to Toaster for this incredible resource.
Today’s show is from 2/18/1994. It’s another show in San Francisco, this time at Bimbo’s 365. Sausage is of course the name that Les Claypool, Jay Lane, and Todd Huth, the 1988 lineup of Primus, took up for their brief reunion album and tour. As with all Sausage shows, there’s not a lot of variety in the setlist as they stick pretty strictly to material from the album, Riddles Are Abound Tonight, which Les mentions during the show will be coming out in about a month. One exception being the already classic Primus track, Pudding Time.
From what Les tells us before kicking off Girls for Single Men, they shared the bill that night with Alphabet Soup, Charlie Hunter, and MIRV. Damn, that would’ve been a fine show to see in person. You can really hear the jazzy influence that Jay brings to the group here. There are long instrumental passages and jams everywhere you turn. Les really stretches out with Sausage in a way that Primus wouldn’t allow him to for nearly a decade. It’s kind of interesting how this almost sounds more like 2010-2013 Jay Lane era Primus than the pre-1989 Jay Lane era Primus, go figure. This is the huge difference between yesterday’s 1990 Primus show and today’s 1994 Sausage show. Where the Primus show was very tight and rigid, this Sausage set is limber and free. The music meanders and flows. It is allowed to grow and move wherever these three feel it should go. Compare this in Toyz 1988, Sausage’s revamped take on the Primus tune The Toys Go Winding Down from Frizzle Fry, against yesterday’s version of the same song to get an easy idea of what I mean.
Sausage is such a fun group to listen to, I can never get over it. I just wish there was more. The original touring lineup of Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade has both Todd and Jay, sure, but it doesn’t have the sparse nature that this group does. So kick back and enjoy some awesome jams from Sausage and swing back in tomorrow for some more wondrous tunes. In fact we may just listen to some Frog Brigade tomorrow!
Prelude to Fear
Here’s to the Man
Girls for Single Men
Caution Should Be Used While Driving A Motor Vehicle Or Operating Machinery
Riddles Are Abound Tonight
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