Les Claypool
Leslie Edward "Les" Claypool (born September 29, 1963) is an American
United States
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 and writer
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, best known as the lead vocalist and bassist in the band Primus
Primus (band)
Primus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry "Ler" LaLonde and drummer Jay Lane. Primus originally formed in 1984 with Claypool and guitarist Todd Huth, later joined by Lane, though the latter two departed...

. Claypool's playing style on the electric bass
Bass guitar
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 mixes tapping
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, flamenco
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-like strumming, whammy bar bends and slapping
In music, the term slapping is often used to refer to two different playing techniques used on the double bass and on the bass guitar.-Double bass:...


Claypool has also self produced and engineered his solo releases from his own studio "Rancho Relaxo". 2006 saw the release of a full-length feature film Electric Apricot
Electric Apricot: Quest For Festeroo
Electric Apricot: Quest For Festeroo is a mockumentary film by Primus lead-man Les Claypool, featuring himself as well as others using pseudonyms. The band Electric Apricot played occasional shows in 2004 and 2005, unannounced, in the California area for footage. The Electric Apricot also made an...

written and directed by Claypool as well as a debut novel
Debut novel
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 South of the Pumphouse
South of the Pumphouse
South Of The Pumphouse is a 2006 novella by rock musician Les Claypool. The book can be described as a tragic tale containing themes of family, racism, drugs, and misconceptions...

Claypool was born September 29, 1963 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1330178/ in Richmond, California
Richmond, California
Richmond is a city in western Contra Costa County, California, United States. The city was incorporated on August 7, 1905. It is located in the East Bay, part of the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a residential inner suburb of San Francisco, as well as the site of heavy industry, which has been...

but was raised in El Sobrante, California
El Sobrante, California
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 in a working class family with a history of working as auto mechanics.
A close family friend, Rhys Hickman, taught him the basics of the slap bass technique, which he mastered throughout his educational period.

I see all these guys now-a-days who are like the Michael Jordan of bass playing... I've always considered myself the Evil Knievil of bass playing. I just go 'out there'. In 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.

When you throw things on stage, it is a sign of small and insignificant genitalia.

This song, it is about a journey that myself and a good friend had a couple years ago, and.... I'll just say it, we were on hallucinogenic drugs. Sorry Dad. (introducing the song "Over The Electric Grapevine")

Please don't throw your shit at me... unless that shit resembles a bag of marijuana