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Les Claypool, the frontman and bassist for Primus, was asked to put together a band to play the 2000 New Orleans Jazz Fest. He called upon his friend Trey Anastastio, frontman and guitarist for Phish, and their mutual friend/hero Stewart Copeland, drummer extraordinaire for The Police. The supergroup, Oysterhead, played a live show with tickets being scalped for upwards of $2000 and Francis Ford Coppola and Matt Groening in attendance.

The next year they decided to record an album and do a proper tour. I was pretty excited, being long time fans of all three bands, and caught them at DAR. The show was enjoyable, and the album had it’s moments, but in the end it just sounded like about half Phish songs with Les on bass and half Primus songs with Trey on guitar (and of course excellent drumming through out). There was nothing really special that emerged, they were never able to transcend out of their comfort zone. But they definitely sounded like they were having fun doing it, so at least that counted for something. Here is Radon Balloon, which is probably the track that smells the most Phishy on the entire album (Story of the Ghost/Farmhouse era Phish that is). It won’t change your life, but it’s nice enough.

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