Mr. Krinkle

Album: Pork Soda (1993)

Songfacts®:

  • "Mr. Krinkle" is Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin, who used that name as an alias when he checked into hotels. Primus frontman Les Claypool, who wrote the lyric, told Greg Prato: "The thing about Mike, he is one of these guys like Mike Watt - he has a very interesting perspective on things, and he's really good at tossing out these colorful little quips on how he perceives things. So we would have these great conversations on the phone. That's what 'Mr. Krinkle' is all about."
  • The line, "Seems the rumors are about your team might move away" refers to the San Francisco Giants, who were considering a move to Tampa. Mike Bordin ("Mr. Krinkle"), a huge Giants fan, was not happy about it.
  • Primus was at the peak of their popularity when they released this song on their third album, Pork Soda. "Alternative" music was big, but even in that genre, Primus was on the fringe and rarely got airplay on commercial radio. But their was a big market for these strange sounds and a festival to showcase it: Lollapalooza. Primus headlined in 1993 and included "Mr. Krinkle" in their sets.
  • This is a rare rock song with a double bass as lead instrument, played by Les Claypool. To avoid bringing the unwieldy instrument on the road, he would perform the song by using a bow on his electric bass.
  • Mark Kohr, who did most of the Primus videos in the '90s, directed this one, which is quite a feat of film-making. Done in a San Francisco warehouse, it's a one-shot video with acrobats, contortionists, dancers and other oddities that come in and out of the frame as the band plays in the corner. Les Claypool wears a pig-head mask the whole time to jibe with the "pork" theme of the album.

    Many of the performers were friends of the bands, and others came from the Circus Center school nearby. In a Songfacts interview with Mark Kohr, he said: "It was a lot of fun. And I'll tell you, from a one-shot standpoint, it was a lot of work. I had to do the timing of all of those events - meaning all of those people coming out - and have all that happen at the right time. It was a real challenge.

    It was a little terrifying. I had all these people and we had a rehearsal the day before. I was like, don't freak out, just keep moving, because it's going to turn out the same in the end whether you worry and crumble or not. But it was one of those times when I felt like my skin was on fire because there was so much riding on the whole situation. But that was a really fun piece to do with a lot of great people."

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