Primus preparing to release 'Willy Wonka' tribute album

'Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble' will be released on October 21

Primus preparing to release 'Willy Wonka' tribute album

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Primus are to release a tribute album to the 1971 film Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, frontman Les Claypool revealed that the record, titled 'Primus And The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble', will be released on October 21.

The album marks the return of the "classic" Primus lineup – bass player Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander – who are together for the first time since 1995 release 'Tales From The Punchbowl'. Also featured are Critters Buggin percussionist Mike Dillon and Frog Brigade cellist Sam Bass. Scroll down to hear the band's version of 'Pure Imagination', originally performed for the film by actor Gene Wilder.

"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," said Claypool. "That's what I get out of it. Obviously that's some big-ass horn-tooting to be doing."

Primus will begin touring the album throughout the US this October. The band gave a Wonka-themed performance in Oakland last New Year's Eve and Claypool believes that upcoming shows will be in the same vein.

"We're also talking about doing a matinee stage production of it, for kids," he says. "We're gonna do an early show that's only the Wonka thing – and it'll be a short show 'cause kids have a short attention span."


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