Hello Mr. Krinkle
How are you today?
Seems the rumors are about your team might move away
Now, me I'm sentimental
But I'm not one to cry

Say there Mr. Krinkle let's cruise the Bastard boat
Damn then sonsabitches with their gill-nets set afloat
I flip on my tele and I watch the waters die
C'mon Mr. Krinkle tell me why

Hey ho Mr. Krinkle have you heard the brand new sound
It's a cross between Jimi Hendrix
Bocephus, Cher and James Brown
It's called "Heavy Hometown"
New Wave, cold-filtered, low-calorie dry
C'mon Mr. Krinkle tell me why



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"Mr. Krinkle" as written by Les Claypool, Reid L. Iii Lalonde, Timothy W. Alexander

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    General Comment:"At a show in Syracuse New York on November 24th 2003 Les stated that the song was about Mike Bordin from Faith No More. The song is about them speaking to each other while both are on tour with their respective bands.

    One possible inspiration of the song is the Twilight Zone episode "Four O'Clock", in which Mr. Crangle tries to make every evil person two feet tall. In it, Mrs. Lucas cries out "Why Mr. Crangle? Why?". The chorus of Mr. Krinkle is "Tell me Mr. Krinkle, Tell me why..." Further, the music for Mr. Krinkle sounds similar to the Twilight Zone music."
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    djnealcon December 14, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:This was the first Primus song I've heard. Great song. Great video. Great band.
    PTW Convergeon June 05, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:Mr. Krinkle is GOD. The 'team' is the people, and how people are going about ruining the world as they please. The last verse though, I have no idea. I actually just made this up because the song rocks so hard core that there should be more than 2 responses. CLAYPOOL PUTS THE BADASS IN BASS.
    claypool_is_godon November 29, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Primus songs have deeper meanings than crap like Metallica.
    JAStewarton February 01, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:Primus are gods. Les Claypool is a god. The end.
    mgbon February 17, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:actually tool music i think the line is about the pointlessness of trying to classify bands like primus and many other bands out there which dont conform to the shitty preconceptions of the music industry. If i had to classify primus i would label them as KICKASS
    Dressed2Depresson May 10, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:Whilst most songs don't have a deeper hidden meaning, I think Primus' do, and there's some interesting ideas here. I always thought it was about identity generally, more personal than music.

    I say that because of the literal meaning as opposed to metaphorical, mentioned live and elsewhere. Mike Bordin of Faith No More used the alias Mr. Krinkle in hotels, which Primus scoffed at until someone pretended to be Mr. Les Claypool and stole their stuff. So that's why I thought it might be about stealing identity, such as stealing the unique sound of other people's music and mixing them or his identity/personality as a fisherman (the Bastard boat makes it sound personal, the fish dying is mentioned in Pudding Time etc. as well, he hates the commercialism that leads to overfishing!).
    Baudson September 11, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:As a new member to this site, I am glad that this is the first song I post my comments on. I agree more that this song is about the dissappearance of certain genres of music than that it is a religious statement. This is illustrated in Larry's hair metal costume in the video and the simple fact that Les is playing an upright bass, an instrument that is nontraditional and past its climax of popularity. And besides, does Les really seem like a religious guy?
    Kyle Chizeckon November 05, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:I agree with djnealc about the mike bordin thing, i read somewhere that when he would use Henry Krinkle as his fake name when registering at hotels.
    manny21on February 08, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:The name "Henry Krinkle" comes from the movie "Taxi Driver". Travis Bickle (the DeNiro character) gives that name to a Secret Service guy because he doesn't want to give his real name.

    I can't see any other references to Taxi Driver in the lyrics. It seems to be addressed to the Faith No More guy, maybe making fun of him for following musical trends too much. Maybe Mike Bordin got the name from Taxi Driver, and Les Claypool got it from Mike Bordin.
    HenryKrinkleon January 05, 2008   Link

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