The Claypool Lennon Delirium with Beanpole
The Claypool Lennon Delirium
Two worlds have collided, and what glorious and odd worlds they are. After Primus and The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger completed a successful summer tour, Les Claypool and Sean Lennon decided to combine their abstract talents into a project called The Claypool Lennon Delirium. Their efforts thus far have spawned the upcoming full-length release Monolith of Phobos that will be released on June 3rd via ATO Records.
“Sean is a musical mutant after my own heart,” said Claypool. “He definitely reflects his genetics–not just the sensibilities of his dad but also the abstract perspective and unique approach of his mother. It makes for a glorious freak stew.”
In astronomical terms, the Monolith of Phobos is a large rock on Mars’s Phobos moon. As the phrase implies, this album is an old-school approach to a psychedelic space rock record. The Claypool Lennon Delirium will begin their Summer tour on June 4th and the touring band includes Les Claypool (bass, vocals), Sean Lennon (guitar, vocals), Mark “Money Mark” Ramos Nishita of the Beastie Boys (keyboards), and Paul Baldi of the Fungi Band (drums).
Very little is known about BEANPOLE, but it is widely recognized by collectors that most of the music originated from the late 1980’s to 1993. Some sources maintain Beanpole is still active, although evidence remains unsubstantiated.
Primus’ Les Claypool claims that he attempted to release a CD of a decade’s worth of Beanpole recordings on his Prawn Song label in the ‘90s. We’re told that the tracks were delivered to the mastering studio on worn-out cassette tapes and dusty DAT tapes. As legend has it, when Mr. Claypool played the mastered tracks to his distributor, the response from company executives was poor, and as a result Mr. Claypool was summarily dismissed from his business relationship with the distribution company, effectively ending his label. For nearly 20 years thereafter, the mastered tracks were to remain forgotten.
Fast forward to 2018 when Les Claypool was touring with Sean Lennon as The Claypool Lennon Delirium. Les happened to play the old, forgotten recordings to Sean, who decided that the world was ready for Beanpole!