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Primus frontman Les Claypool describes his top 5 movies ahead of tomorrow's IFC.com video premiere

16 November 2011 2:17 PM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Primus' new album "Green Naugahyde" draws on Les Claypool's filmic obsessions -- even veteran Westerns actor Lee Van Cleef gets a shout out in a song called, well, "Lee Van Cleef." "People always ask me who my heroes are, expecting me to say someone like Geddy Lee [from Rush]," Claypool told IFC. "But really, it's more people like Elia Kazan, Sergio Leone, Frank Capra, Terry Gilliam, and Jared Hess."

That might go a long way towards explaining why so many Primus songs seem to happily co-exist in the film world -- for instance, "Spegetti Western," or "Camelback Cinema." Or why so many Primus songs are based on peripheral characters -- "John the Fisherman," "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver," or, more recently, "Jilly's On Smack." "I love character actors," the singer/bassist said. "If I'm switching channels, and something with Slim Pickens is on, or Walter Brennan, I'm stuck. I have to watch it. »

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