Les Claypool And The Frog Brigade
Purple Onion



by JAStewart USER (12 Reviews)
March 24th, 2005 | 14 replies

Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

This album was released by Les Claypool in 2002 (he has released something every year from 88'). This album is incredible. Les shows us just how far the bass can be pushed. For example, there is a song that he plays a one string fretless upright bass with a drum stick. Sound crazy" You ain't heard nothin' yet.

1. Purple Onion

Not so much a song, but merley an intro (so I won't give it a rating). This song contains heavily delayed distorted bass with some volume swellings of bass in the back ground at times. Les gets a very croaky voice in this song. Its cool.

2. David Makalaster 1

There are two David M. songs on this album. The first one is the 'fake one' that claims "isn't is awfully nice, to live in a world, where everything is exactly how it seems". This song is incredibly catchy (nearly as Ding Dang) It is quite fast paced and I think that the xylophone completes it. 4.5/5

3. Buzzards Of Green Hill

Very funky/jazzy song here. Les makes good work with the flanghy-whaish effects. I don't really know the meaning of this song, but it a very catchs song again. 4/5

4. Long In The Tooth.

This song is unusual. It is very short (2:04 or something) and it has an unusual sax line with it. I do like this song, but it would need to be longer. Les gets a gets a good rhyme going with "Life is a loser, boozer, schnoozer#" Entertaining. 4/5

5. Whamola

Oh god here goes. This song is played on a one-string-fretless-upright-bass played with a drum stick. Les calls this instrument a "Whamola" There is no real guitar in this song because it is over effectified. This song is a complete jam song, totally awesome. It is intrumental (apart from a few words les does). 4.5/5

6. Ding Dang

This song is about racial prejustice. Don't be put off by the use of the word "******" in the very first lines, because this song is anti-racist. Amazingly catchy. The chorus is one of the greatest things I think I've ever heard les do. Amazingly good song with good guitar solos too! 5/5

7. Barrington Hall

This song is about Barrington hall, which was the hall of residence that Les Stayed at when at University, wildly know for its drug users/abusers who studied there. This song has violins instead of guitars, to create an effective minor key piece. Interesting. 4/5.

8. D's Diner

Not my most listen piece, but thats because it takes about 50 seconds before the actual song starts. This song is pretty cool on the whole though. It is about a diner's place called D's. It has a cool chorus as Les experiments with different voices. I tend to skip, only because of the intro though. 3.75/5

9. Light In The Sky

This piece seems short, but in reality, it isn't. It is a trippy song, and it has a cool bass line. It is mostly a quiet song.

10. Up On The Roof

This song is great. It has a really cool bass line. This song is a good length and has a rocking chorus. This is like nothing else Les has done. 5/5

11. David Makalaster II

This is the most realistic David Makalaster (would it be so nice, to live in a world, where everything's exacty how it seems...). This is about half the speed of the first, les has a more twangy voice in this one. Its way darker, but I listen to the other one more.


12. Cosmic Highway

The albums best track. It is 7 minutes long, and 7 minutes beautiful. It has an awesome fiddle solo. It is over all, a quiet song, but it has it moments where is goes louder and louder, and it seems to remind me of Pink Floyd. This song is amazing. 5/5

Overall, this album rocks! 5/5.

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March 24th 2005


Great review man....this album is really awesome!!!!
Las Claypool is really one of the best bassist ever!!!!!!!!

Colonel Oysterhead
March 24th 2005


how bloody good is this album?!?!
Les Claypool has done it again..not as good as Oysterhead but very close

March 25th 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

I think that it is better than Oysterhead.

March 27th 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

Lights In The Sky Rating - 4.25/5

May 7th 2005


This album is .. Amazing.. Hehe

December 15th 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

Great revie

December 20th 2005


you know Les Claypool is amazing to bad this review isnt. for a t-b-t it is amazingly shor in detail. you proably use the same 3 words in every song. More is needed in a review then cool, catchy, and bass line.

Now onto Purpel Onion. This is Les's best work. Better then anything he did with Primus better then any of his other past solo albums. Best no question about it if you need convincing (which you shouldn't) about Claypool's abilty then pick this up

Two-Headed Boy
December 23rd 2005


good review. Les Claypool's a genius

December 23rd 2005


man i want this album now... adn a whamola

December 27th 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

Purple Onion is good but its no Brown Album or Pork Soda.

May 9th 2007


Album Rating: 4.5

The best Claypool or Primus album to date as far as I'm concerned. Such an amazing album.

September 12th 2012


Album Rating: 4.5

This album owns

August 25th 2014


Album Rating: 4.0

You "tend to skip" D's Dinner "only because of the intro though"???

This is pretty scary. I just try to imagine how many songs you have "skipped" in your life just because of a 40c (not 50 actually) sec intro!!!?!!! Come on.

Now, about D's Dinner itself: what you get here is three bass players playing together, and three amazing bass players actually: Claypool + L. Marshall (Weapon of Choice) + N. Fisher (Fishbone). And it turns out what they do together is just amazing. Any bass lover would love this........

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