“When the going gets tough and the stomach acids flow,” you know that Primus bassist Les Claypool has entered the room. On May 21, Universal Music Enterprises (UME) will unveil the remixed and restored edition of Primus’ Sailing the Seas of Cheese on Blu-ray Disc™ with Dolby® TrueHD 5.1 surround sound.

Dolby and UME hosted a special event to celebrate the occasion on May 6 at TRI Studios in San Rafael, CA, which included a lively discussion with Claypool and guitarist Larry Lalonde, led by Mike Etchart of Sound and Vision Radio.

The event and Q&A session were covered in Rolling Stone, which noted that Dolby TrueHD “is a centerpiece of the new edition.”

Originally released in May 1991, Sailing the Seas of Cheese was the second studio album for Primus and features several of the band’s most popular songs, including “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver,” “Tommy the Cat” (with Tom Waits voicing “Tommy the Cat”), and “Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers.” The album reached platinum status December 2001.

Sailing the Seas of Cheese featured a more irreverent approach to rock as a response to the slick and commercial nature of many 1980s productions. “Mainstream rock was pretty cheesy,” said Claypool. “We were going to either sink or swim, hence Sailing the Seas of Cheese.”


Claypool, who oversaw the latest remix, notes that “sonically, it holds up fairly well. There’s some old-style reverbs that are a little bit syrupy. With modern technology, we can fix some of that stuff. But we don’t want to mess with it too much because it is what it is.”

Dolby TrueHD offers 100 percent lossless audio, so you’ll hear exactly what Claypool heard in the studio. When you experience the carnival-barker vocals, looping finger-tapped bass line, and idiosyncratic guitar solos of “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver,” you’ll feel that you’re sitting in the passenger seat for a very wild ride. The song also features a memorable sample of the character Chop Top from the film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.

“The way that people listen to music now—as far as stereos and headphones—you can hear so much more, so the idea of remixing it is really going to suit the way people listen to music now,” adds guitarist Larry Lalonde.

 What Primus sound do you most want to hear amped up in Dolby TrueHD?