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PRIMUS' Les Claypool Talks About Auditioning For METALLICA & The Benefits Of Writing The South Park Theme

He brought a bass banjo to the audition.

He brought a bass banjo to the audition.

Aside from being the vocalist and bassist for Primus and many other groups, Les Claypool's name pops up at least twice more in the history of music. Claypool auditioned for Metallica after the death of then-bassist Cliff Burton, and Claypool also wrote the opening theme song for the smash hit show South Park.

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Claypool will appear on Lars Ulrich's Beast 1 Radio show It's Electric on October 1, and will discuss both his audition and South Park. You can check out some of the clips below. "It's Electric" airs every Sunday at 3:00 p.m. PST, with an encore every Monday at 3:00 a.m. PST. Listen live at

"I got invited down," Les said (see video below). "It was a very honorable thing to be able to come down and play with my old buddy Kirk [Hammett] and the Metallica guys. And I learned a couple of tunes, and I brought my bass banjo, 'cause I figured, 'Hey, this will work great with Metallica.' So we all get in this room, it was a control room, and there's a there's a glass just like that, and Lars is on the other side of it. And he's, like, 'I can't hear James [Hetfield]. I can't hear James. I can't see James.' They're, like, 'Well, we don't know what to do. We can't fit you in the room.' [And Lars told them] 'Take the glass out.' And we all kind of chuckled, 'Hahahah.' 'Take the glass out.' Guys came in and removed the glass from the studio. Brain was actually playing [drums] in Primus at that point in time. And I said, 'Dude, Lars couldn't see James, so he had the glass removed.' And [Brain is], like, 'Dude! You've gotta be kidding me! That's so heavy! That's unbelievable, man! He removed the glass! Oh my god!' But he just thought that was the greatest thing he'd ever heard in his entire life."

[transcript via Blabbermouth]

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