Laundry's and Primus' Tim 'Herb' Alexander

Drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander was the eighth person to play that role in Primus before the strange punk-pop-metal band recorded its 1989 debut, Suck On This. Alexander was born April 10, 1965, in Cherry Point, N.C.

Bassist Les Claypool formed Primus, originally called Primate, in San Francisco in 1984 with guitarist Todd Huth (who was later replaced by Larry LaLonde, once a member of Blind Illusion with Claypool).

Alexander got the gig through an ad, completing the hypnotic rhythm section. Sailing the Seas of Cheese (1991), Primus' major-label debut, sold well and poised them for the top-10 success of Pork Soda in 1993, the year Primus headlined Lollapalooza. The album featured the hit "My Name is Mud" (RealAudio excerpt).

Two years later, Primus had another hit with Tales from the Punch Bowl. Alexander then left to form a band called Laundry (who issued Motivator last year) and was replaced by former Godflesh drummer Brian Mantia.

Other birthdays Monday: Steven Gustafson (10,000 Maniacs), 43; Brian Setzer, 41; Afrika Bambaataa, 40; Katrina Leskanich (Katrina and the Waves), 40; Warren De Martini (Ratt), 37; Reni (Stone Roses), 36; Dave Peverett (Savoy Brown, Foghat), 1950–2000.