There are few bands who could make the beautifully eerie 1975 soundtrack of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory
any more eccentric. Well, there's a shortlist of a few who could probably knock Gene Wilder's quirky croon out of the park, and at its top is legendary thrash punk act Primus. The group has reunited with all of its founding members for the first time since 1995 to record a complete homage to the film in a full-length album entitled, Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble
"As we started putting it together, especially with the expanded soundscape of having string and vibraphone and marimba, it started sounding to me like one of the early Peter Gabriel records meets Dark Side of the Moon
meets the Residents," leader Les Claypool told Rolling Stone
. "That's what I get out of it. Obviously that's some big-ass horn-tooting to be doing."
Primus shared their first mystical Wonka experiment earlier today, and it's perhaps the soundtrack's finest and most saccharine number, "Pure Imagination". Obviously in addition to the sweet words and melody — originally written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley and performed by Gene Wilder — exists a heavy flow of art rock bewilderment. Listen below:
Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble
is due out October 21st on ATO Records.