This Week, the Everlasting Les Claypool Rings in 20 Years of Weird New Year's Eve Shows

Les Claypool and the Frog Brigade

Think back, grasshopper, project yourself back to the late '80s and the early '90s — yes, a lifetime ago. Major labels and would-be majors signed tons of bands that could more or less bear the handle of “alternative rock.” The discs by many of these bands can now be found in the four dollars-or-less section of your local music emporium. In some ways, that time was like the '60s — not musically, but in the sense of many performers having a short time in the limelight before being sent back to the minors, if not oblivion. (Remember O-Positive or the poor, once-fab Big Dipper?) Either the labels had little faith in the bands over the long haul, or many bands didn't have the substance to sustain a career. (There's also a fickle public, but that's another rant for another time.)

How many that emerged during that era are still going like the Energizer Bunny or Jesse Jackson, and not just coasting on past glories? (Public Image Ltd. reunion tour, anyone? The tour with one sole original member?)

Ladies, gents, fellow organisms, I give you: Les Claypool.

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