On May 14, 1991.


On May 14, 1991, “Interscope” label released “Sailing the Seas of Cheese”, the second Primus studio album. It was recorded August 1990 – February 1991, at “Fantasy Studios” in Berkeley, and was produced by Primus. The band’s major-label debut and commercial breakthrough includes three Primus classics – “Jerry was a race car driver”, “Tommy the Cat” and “Those damned blue-collar tweekers”.


  • Les Claypool– electric bass, string bass, six-string fretless bass, clarinet, vocals
  • Larry LaLonde– electric guitar, six-string banjo
  • Tim “Herb” Alexander– drums, water jug
  • Jay Lane– drums on
  • Chris Bellman – mastering
  • Mike Bordin – two-skinned foreskin drum
  • Adam Gates– additional fisherman
  • Lance Link – additional fisherman
  • Ron Rigler – engineering
  • Trouz – whistle
  • Tom Whalley – A&R director
  • Tom Waits– voice of
  • Matt Winegar – accordion
  • Paul Haggard – jacket design, photography
  • Mark Kohr – cheese coordinator, scenery
  • Michael Lavine – band photo
  • Mitch Romanowski – ship (sculpture)
  • Snap – airbrushing
  • Brain Mantia, Mike Bordin, Herb – drums
  • MIRV Haggard, Todd Huth, Derek Greenberg, Matt Winegar, Ler – guitars
  • Butthouse, Adam Gates, Les – bass
  • Adam Gates, Puffster, Herb, Ler, Les – vocals

Track listing:

All lyrics by Les Claypool, all music by Primus, guitar melodies on “Tommy the Cat” and “Sgt. Baker” by Todd Huth.

  1. Seas of Cheese
  2. Here Come the Bastard
  3. Baker
  4. American Life
  5. Jerry Was a Race Car Driver
  6. Eleven
  7. Is It Luck?
  8. Grandad’s Little Dirty
  9. Tommy the Cat
  10. Sathington Waltz
  11. Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers
  12. Fish On (Fisherman Chronicles, Chapter II)
  13. Los Bastardos


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