Primus Sucks!!!

Article and photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Les Claypool said loudly and proudly he was about to play the best song ever made. He meant what he said. What came next was the bastards. “Here come the Bastards” to be precise. They came in the music. They came in the mind bending bass playing performed by Claypool. They came slithering out of his mouth and across his lips riding the sound waves out toward the crowd and hovering there like heat waves just above an inferno.

All concerts are heaven to me, and have been since I was very young. I will have to say that the Primus shows I have been blessed to see are on the very best of the best list. That smoldering inferno Les Claypool creates with his incendiary music is where I always want to be. It’s never really been a question to me of IF I would buy a ticket when they come to Indy. The question is always will I get paid before they go on sale. I jumped online immediately the morning of ticket sales, and feverishly refreshed the screen so as to not be a second late. My obsessive refreshing paid off. I ended up scoring 2nd row right lower level! This is the first time I have had the pleasure of seeing Les Claypool’s unique and masterful performance at such a spectacular vantage point, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. They did revisit some of their classic songs before and after the main event, but this time it was definitely the middle set, the theatrical portion, which had me shivering with anticipation.

The main event to be performed at The Murat that evening was to be Primus and the Chocolate Factory. Primus released a beautiful rendition of the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory soundtrack last October. They married it with a stage show of equal caliber, and this was the phenomenal spectacle I was about to witness that night. I believe that choosing to return to the original version of the movie was a gift to Wonka fans everywhere who had been sorely disappointed by Tim Burton’s massacre. Les Claypool brought justice to remakes, and gave me a little more hope in this dismal world of reality shows and new editions.

The entire concert was phenomenal. Being that close to the stage, and watching Les Claypool play instruments with the stealthiness of a ninja assassin was unlike anything I have ever seen, nor do I think I ever will again. These moments are when it really comes in handy to be a photographer. Inevitably we all have to leave the concert and go back to the real world, and acknowledge that Les Claypool isn’t coming with us. I’d like to think, though, as long I do my job right, a little piece of him stays behind here in Indy with us. When those post-concert blues start sneaking up just hop on over to my website, put on your favorite Primus album, and sit back and chill with Les one more time before he hits the road.

So from here on out my name is Mud. Not to be confused with Bill or Jack or Pete or Dennis. My name is mud and it’s always been.

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Melodie says, “I couldn’t tell you the name brand of my first camera offhand, but I can tell you it was a Tweety Bird camera. It’s a brilliant bright blue with Tweety Bird from Bugs Bunny perched on it. I still have it. I’m just not sure if it was the photos themselves that got me hooked or that brilliant lil yellow bird.”

Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos. Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up listening to amazing musicians like Shannon Hoon, Beastie Boys, Maynard James Keenan, Zack de la Rocha, Tori Amos, and classics like Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Elvis, Johnny Cash and the like inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of those amazing shows that she dreamt of as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin. Later in life as Melodie learned more about the arts inspiration came from a number of other legendary artists, visual and literary, like Annie Leibovitz, William Moortensen, John Sexton, Erik Johansson, Helmut Newton, Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman, and HR Giger.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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