Primus' Les Claypool Looks Back At South Park Theme


(TeamRock) Primus mainman Les Claypool says he was amazed South Park ever made it to air as the hit animated show launches its 20th season. Primus recorded South Park's theme song and singer and bassist Claypool recalls being asked in 1997 to get involved in the fledgling Comedy Central show that would go on to become one of the most popular and longest-running TV series' ever.

And he reveals that the less frantic South Park outro tune is what the band actually had in mind for the main theme. Claypool tells the Hollywood Reporter: "If you listen to the outro, that's actually the original song. And they came back to us and said, 'Comedy Central thinks the theme song is too slow and not peppy enough.'

"At that point, we were like, 'You know, we did this for you guys, we're out on the road, we're too busy to do this right now. We can't just go into a studio and rerecord this.'

"So they just sped it up and I redid my vocals. I believe I was playing Red Rocks in Colorado and they sent one of their old high school chums up with a handheld tape recorder, and I just did my vocals into that."

But Claypool would never have believed the boundary-pushing comedy of South Park would ever be approved for TV, let alone go on to be such a smash hit. Read more here.

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