The adult animated television series South Park has reached its 25th anniversary, and in celebration of that landmark achievement, there will be a special concert featuring Primus and Ween. The show is taking place on August 10th at the Red Rocks Park Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone will also be present.
If you didn’t know, Ween did a song for the show and Primus actually recorded the South Park theme song.
In reflecting on the South Park theme song, band bassist/vocalist Les Claypool shared the following with the Hollywood Reporter:
“We got a call years ago that these guys were working on this little animated pilot for Comedy Central. They were a couple of college kids who were fans of the band, and I guess they approached me to do the theme song. At the time, Primus had just gotten a new drummer, so I said, ‘Let’s have Primus do it.’ We had watched their Christmas thing that was going around, and we realized these guys were pretty clever, but there was no way in hell that they were going to be able to get something like that on television. More than anything, it was just an excuse for us to go into the studio and start experimenting.”
He went on to also add:
“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 Morrison, Colo.] and they sent one of their old high school chums up with a handheld tape recorder, and I just did my vocals into that.”
Tickets are available to purchase here.
Words by: Michael Pementel