Pop Quiz: Les Claypool

Aidin Vaziri | Les Claypool has already fronted a couple of bands, started his own record label, authored a book, made a jam-band mockumentary, spawned two children, written the theme song for “South Park” and started a thriving solo career. So it’s only appropriate that his latest album, “Of Fungi and Foe,” arrives at the same the famed Primus bassist ventures into new territory, namely playing a deranged preacher in the horror movie “Pig Hunt,” scoring the video game “Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars” and introducing the wine label Claypool Cellars.

Les Claypool
Q: How did you get roped into doing a movie with a 3,000-pound mechanical pig?
A: I think my question to you is, how could anyone on the planet turn down the opportunity to do a movie with a 3,000-pound mechanical pig? I’m bummed I didn’t get eaten by the pig, which was the way it was originally written. But I had to go on tour, so I got shot instead.
Q: That sounds painful.
A: The film business is tough. The first day of shooting I broke my pinky. I had green and purple bruises on my chest. This necklace I was wearing got blown to pieces. The worst thing about it was we were having a hard time getting me on the set because I was touring and we finally settled on a couple of days we could be there and I got a call from Tom Waits to play bass with him on Conan O’Brien. I had to say no to Tom.
Q: There has to be some kind of moral here.
A: Yeah. It’s don’t say no to Tom. Continue reading.


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