"No," laughs Claypool when asked if he is indeed a budding fungi professor. "I know what a Boletus looks like and that's all I really go for." Claypool's love of this jumbo variety of 'shroom stems from a close friend. "A buddy of mine is Italian and he's all about porcini mushrooms," he divulges. "He's one of these guys who makes his own sausage and his own wine and his own prosciutto, just cooks these big Italian meals. He got us into it [hunting for King Boletes] and we're in an area where they pop up."
This focused affinity for mushrooms bubbled over into the world of videogames where Claypool took his fungi fetish and transformed it into otherworldly sonic bliss.