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Les Claypool was born on September 28th 1963 in Richmond, California, but was raised in El Sobrante, California in a working class family with a history of working in auto-mechanics. Les's parents divorced when he was a young child, but he claims to have had a decent childhood, citing that he was never abused or severely bullied.

As a teenager, Claypool was turned on to rock legends such as Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix by classmate Kirk Hammett (of Metallica fame). After picking up the bass at the age of fourteen and developing his chops in the school jazz band, Claypool played in a local cover band called the Tommy Crank Band where he was able to develop his slap technique through listening to Stanley Clarke and Larry Graham. He also bought his first Carl Thompson bass, his trademark four string piccolo. (He now owns six, including a multi-wood fretless 6-string called the Rainbow Bass.)

In 1986, after the tragic death of Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, Claypool auditioned to play bass for Metallica. It is rumored that he failed to obtain the position, because his style was "too funky". In Metallica's Behind the Music, Claypool said that during the audition he wanted the others to "jam on some Isley Brothers tunes", after Lars Ulrich asked whether he's "not really used to playing this kind of music". James Hetfield remarked jokingly that Claypool didn't win the job because "he was too good."

He also played for Blind Illusion, a San Francisco's Bay Area thrash metal band, where he first played with Larry LaLonde (who had left the band Possessed to join Blind Illusion). With Blind Illusion, he recorded the "Sane Asylum" album, in 1988, and then quit with LaLonde to form Primus.


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August 4th, 2006 at 08:12pm
He's only the best bassist ever.
Dun believe me?
Check out some videos.
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August 7th, 2006 at 05:15pm
kay so.
You all suck.
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August 7th, 2006 at 08:13pm
I prefer when he was with Primus (one of my favorite bands ever....but I think you get enough of that from your brother so I'll shut up....
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August 7th, 2006 at 08:23pm
i love primus and the frog brigade. he is one of the best bassists of all time. hes so cool too. and i love the vids u put up Yes I Am God
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August 10th, 2006 at 03:25am
Yeh.
I think Primus is teh best.
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August 10th, 2006 at 10:09am
i love the way he plays bass too, he like does a slap hand thing but he strums, amazing. i like his voice too, so unique and cool.
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August 10th, 2006 at 04:46pm
He's fucking insane. >_< I was watching this live video, he does this solo.. O_o You can barely see where his hands are all the time.
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August 10th, 2006 at 05:04pm
i know what u mean, my dad got some live shows from a guy when he was like just starting out. primus was at a gig in someones basement. amazing skills... wonder who he got inspired from, if that makes sense.
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August 10th, 2006 at 11:05pm
Says in his bio.
I was gonna see him last year.
But. All his shows are 18+ >_< Blowed that idea.
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August 10th, 2006 at 11:11pm
Les Claypool is god
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August 10th, 2006 at 11:17pm
yeah i know it says in his bio, im just a dork and said that cause, i dunno. but yes flea, he is god.
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August 11th, 2006 at 12:42am
00tz. ^^.
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August 11th, 2006 at 01:50am
My cousin is obsessed with Primus. And he loves Les Claypool. He got his DVD and made us watch it. Then played it on repeat for a whole week. It's not really my style of music. But he's entertaining to watch. Very creative.
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