Basic Background Info

Birth: April 10, 1965
Location: Cherry Point, North Carolina
Band: Primus, Laundry, A Perfect Circle, Attention Deficit, Blue Man Group, Asleep At The Wheel
Genres: Rock, Alternative
Instruments: Drums, Guitar
Occupation: Musician, Songwriter


Tim 'Herb' Alexander was the innovative drummer of the powerful and revolutionary funk-metal band Primus from 1989 to 1996 and again in 2003 and 2004. Primus's demanding frontman, Les Claypool, appreciated Tim Alexander's unique mix of technical perfection and hardcore rhythm. In Primus's first live album, Tim Alexander showed off his double bass skills. Tim Alexander's subsequent recordings with Primus testify to his versatility as a drummer and a musician. 

During a tour break, Tim Alexander created Laundry with some friends. Tim contributed new sounds, full of difficult fills and fresh arrangements. Tim Alexander returned to record one album with Primus before parting ways with the band. Tim Alexander said that Primus had 'been going through a period of not being too interested in the drums musically.' 

After leaving Primus, Tim Alexander was involved in A Perfect Circle and Attention Deficit. Attention Deficit was an improvisational trio with Michael Manring (bass) and Alex Skolnick (guitar). They recorded two albums together, and Tim Alexander's drumming had a massive presence and was full of attitude. This arrangement, he says, 'put the pressure on me to play more and show off a little.' 

Tim Alexander then worked with The Blue Man Group in Las Vegas and Chicago. Impressed with a show he had attended, Tim decided to audition. During performances, Tim dressed up in glow-in-the-dark paint and played a thirty foot wall of drums.

Tim reunited with Les Claypool and Larry LaLonde in 2003. He has been touring with them ever since. In 2006, Tim released Fata Morgana, an album he wrote, produced, and performed with only a few guest appearances.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1990 Frizzle Fry Primus
1990 Suck on This Primus
1991 Sailing the Seas of Cheese Primus
1993 Peaking in Babylon Laughing Sam's Dice
1993 Pork Soda Primus
1994 Blacktongue Laundry
1994 Thonk Michael Manring
1995 Tales From the Punchbowl Primus
1995 Texans Live from Mountain Stage Various Artists
1996 Eyesore: A Stab at the Residents Various Artists
1997 Flyin' Traps Various Artists
1997 River Under the Road Ana Egge
1998 Attention Deficit Attention Deficit
1998 Book of Flame Michael Manring
1998 Greetings from the District of Country Various Artists
1998 Here We Come The Braids
1999 Bass Talk, Vol. 6 Various Artists
1999 Here We Come (Bonus Track) The Braids
1999 Ride With Bob Asleep at the Wheel
2000 Mer de Noms A Perfect Circle
2002 Frizzle Fry Primus
2003 Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People Primus
2004 Drum Nation, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2004 Hallucino-Genetics Live 2004 Primus
2005 Drum Nation, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2006 Overnite Encore: Lyrics Born Live! Lyrics Born
2006 They Can't All Be Zingers Primus
2007 Cuntry Boner Puscifer


  • In regards to working with The Blue Man Group, Tim once said, "The interesting thing for me was that I had to learn to play other people's parts, as opposed to creating my own parts, which is pretty much all that I've done with the bands I've played in."

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Tama
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Tama
Heads: Remo
Sticks: Zildjian

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