Les Claypool & Sean Lennon Team Up on New Project
When Sean Lennon went to stay in Les Claypool’s guest house, he thought the two might write a few songs, but, in the span of two weeks, they had a record’s worth of material.
The debut release from the somewhat unlikely duo, which has taken the name the Claypool Lennon Delirium, is Monolith of Phobos, a rock album that was inspired, in part, by the Monkees film, Head.
The album’s unofficial theme is drug use and, in particular, pharmaceuticals. As Lennon told Rolling Stone:
“There’s definitely an anti-Big Pharma theme on the record. There’s “Oxycontin Girl” but also “Cricket and the Genie,” which is about a kid that gets hooked on prescription drugs legally and it ruins his life. One of the biggest evils in America is the contradiction between Big Pharmacy pushing legal drug dealing on kids and adults while there’s a war on criminalized drugs that’s ruining a whole other subsection of society.”