Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel - Highball with the Devil (song)  » Music  »
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  • This can be said about the bass too, although I've noticed that the bass actually plays around more on this song
  • As for the meaning of Highball with the Devil , I think it is a song about getting drunk and the aftermath that will follow
  • Highball with the Devil definitely proves this point

    • by BodgieCrunch

      “Highball with the Devil” is the third track off of Les Claypools first solo album that shares the same name. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Les Claypool, he is the frontman bassist and singer for the band Primus. Like many of the other songs on this album, Claypool is credited with doing a majority of the instruments, including guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. On “Highball with the Devil” it also sounds like there is some kind of banjo being played.

      “Highball with the Devil” has a very low quality production feel to it. Being that Claypool did all the instrumentation, the percussions are a very simple 4/4 rhythm. The rest of the

      instruments seem to have an almost hypnotic feel to it, in that the banjo plays roughly the same rhythm over and over again. This can be said about the bass too, although I’ve noticed that the bass actually plays around more on this song. This is kind of a no brainer since Claypool is a magnificent bass player. Towards the end of the song, “Highball with the Devil” kind of get’s into this ultra chorus feel, in which it repeats the chorus about a hundred times. The cool thing though is that the instruments begin changing ever so slowly. Mainly the bass and banjo, they will add an extra slap or few notes here and there.

      • The bass sounds like a stand up, not your typical electric bass. It has a nice booming and echoing feel to it. I especially like how it mimics the words of the chorus perfectly.

        As for the meaning of “Highball with the Devil”, I think it is a song about getting drunk and the aftermath that will follow. It almost sounds like he is walking in with the hopes to “conquer the world” which I think really means to find a girl. From there he buys his drink and the second verse seems to be about him getting nice and drunk. He stands up and doesn’t realize how drunk he really is, he slides back into

        his seat and now knows that terrible things are going to happen in the morning, ala hangovers and the such.

        “Come the morning We’ll be waiting And weilding the power To paralyze So we state now For the records You brought this upon you.”

        This is an enjoyable song. It’s simple but has a nice rhythm and flow to it. I think “Highball with the Devil” deserves at least a listen. Barebone and minimalism isn’t always necessarily a bad thing. “Highball with the Devil” definitely proves this point. If you’re a Primus fan, or a general Les Claypool fan, this is a must to listen. As for an average everyday listener, I wouldn’t say it’s a requirement considering there are plenty better songs involving Les Claypool.

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