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Rhinoplasty is an extended play record by Primus. It was released August 11, 1998 by Interscope Records and features covers of songs by artists such as Stanley Clarke, Metallica, and Jerry Reed. The CD also features an interactive CD-ROM which includes the claymation video for "The Devil Went Down to Georgia". The 2018 vinyl reissue includes "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" as the eighth track.

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EP by
ReleasedAugust 11, 1998
RecordedPrairie Sun Recording, Cotati, CA
LabelInterscope, Prawn Song
ProducerPrimus, Toby Wright
Primus chronology
Brown Album
Singles from Rhinoplasty
  1. "Behind My Camel"
    Released: 1998

The live version of "Tommy the Cat" is performed with "The Awakening" in the middle. The original song was by The Reddings from their 1980 album The Awakening, and had previously been covered by Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel on their album Highball with the Devil.

Cover artEdit

The cover art features a clay figure sculpted by Claypool, along with Japanese katakana characters to the far right, reading out "ネセソトナニツキノハ", or "Nesesotonanitsukinoha".

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [1]
Pitchfork Media(7.4/10)[2]

In his review for Allmusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine describes the EP as "another small treasure for fans." He notes that "the band hasn't chosen any surprising covers" but "makes up for it with great performances" and "startling arrangements that are often unpredictable", concluding that "it doesn't disappoint."[1] For Pitchfork Media, Susan Moll notes that "while Brian "Brain" Mantia's heavy-hitting drums were the focus of The Brown Album, Rhinoplasty marks a return to the vintage Primus sound, with Claypool's bass front and center, where it belongs." She also opines that "the band's version of "Making Plans For Nigel" (from Miscellaneous Debris) is legendary, but their take on "Scissor Man" is more deranged than Andy Partridge on a bad day."[2]

Track listingEdit

1."Scissor Man" (XTC cover)Andy Partridge5:06
2."The Family and the Fishing Net" (Peter Gabriel cover)Peter Gabriel6:25
3."Silly Putty" (Stanley Clarke cover)Stanley Clarke4:19
4."Amos Moses" (Jerry Reed cover)J. R. Hubbard3:11
5."Behind My Camel" (The Police cover)Andy Summers2:51
6."Too Many Puppies" (Remixed version, originally from Primus' album Frizzle Fry)Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde, Tim Alexander3:01
7."The Thing That Should Not Be" (Metallica cover)James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett6:44
8."Tommy the Cat" (Live at the Henry J. Kaiser Arena, December 31, 1997)Claypool, Todd Huth, Jay Lane8:56
9."Bob's Party Time Lounge" (Live at the Henry J. Kaiser Arena, December 31, 1997)Claypool, LaLonde, Mantia7:32
Total length:48:05

Chart historyEdit

Chart Peak
Australian Albums Chart[3] 81
Dutch Albums Chart[4] 97
Billboard 200[5] 106


  1. ^ a b "Rhinoplasty - Primus". Allmusic.
  2. ^ a b Moll, Susan. "Primus: Rhinoplasty: Pitchfork Record Review". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  3. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  4. ^ "Discografie Primus" (in Dutch).
  5. ^ "Primus Billboard 200 Chart History". Billboard.