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Chocolate brown vinyl LP from the definitive Primus lineup of Claypool, LaLonde and Alexander!
Their first full-length studio release in nearly 20 years
Album download included
Special promotion: Golden vinyl bestows reward of free Primus concert tickets!
Primus' Willy Wonka-inspired Primus and the Chocolate Factory With the Fungi Ensemble appears on chocolate-colored vinyl with the exception of five extra-special golden vinyl LP versions to be sold to customers at random. Stumbling upon the golden vinyl comes with a great reward: Free Primus concert tickets for life!
In the video that pays homage to the film's opening credits, we watch as copies of the album are pressed, while Les Claypool and company's rendition of "Golden Ticket" bounces along.
On Primus and the Chocolate Factory With the Fungi Ensemble, the definitive Primus line-up — Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde, and Tim Alexander — join forces once again to release their first full-length studio set in nearly 20 years. The group reimagines music from the original 1971 "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory" film starring Gene Wilder.
As for why Claypool decided to tackle the film's soundtrack, he told Rolling Stone, "We need to make sure that kids in the future watch the original Willy Wonka and not the horrendous, horrible remake that came along and left the taste of feces in our mouths."
"The idea was to combine the Frog Brigade and Primus, and do this record," says Claypool. "I think like a good portion of the planet, we were all pretty put off by the remake of the 'Willy Wonka' movie — the Tim Burton version (starring Johnny Depp). I really wanted to pay homage to a film (1971's Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder) that was very important to me as a kid and very influential to me musically. So that's what we did. And as opposed to just going in and recording the songs and playing them the way they are in the film, we twisted them up a bit... twisted them up a lot."
"The recording is about my early perception of the original 'Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory' film," says Claypool. "The notion wasn't so much to go in and redo the soundtrack note for note as much as it was to utilize the classic elements of the music yet try to reflect some of the darker undertones of the Roald Dahl books, because when you read those books, there is an eerie and somewhat menacing aspect implied."
|1. Hello Wonkites|
|2. Candy Man|
|3. Cheer Up Charlie|
|4. Golden Ticket|
|6. Pure Imagination|
|7. Oompa Augustus|
|8. Semi-Wondrous Boat Ride|
|9. Oompa Violet|
|10. I Want It Now|
|11. Oompa Veruca|
|13. Oompa TV|
|14. Farewell Wonkites|