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Primus: Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble

Insane confectionery from rock’s own Vermicious Knids

If any other band had recorded an album of songs from classic 1971 film fantasy Willy Wonka

The fact that Primus have done it simply seems logical and fully justified; if ever there was a band suited to such a preposterous exercise, it’s Les Claypool’s eccentric crew, and just as longtime fans might expect, the reality of such a cock-eyed conceit is an utter joy. As mischievous and twinkly of eye as Gene Wilder himself, these squeaking, clanking and lysergically angular readings of Golden Ticket, Pure Imagination and the Oompa Loompa’s legendary interludes are close enough to the originals to keep Dahl diehards happy, and what comes across throughout is how natural a fit the melodies are within Claypool’s oddball sonic world.

Via ATO/Prawn Song

Dom Lawson has been writing for Hammer and Prog for 14 intermittently enjoyable years and is extremely fond of heavy metal, progressive rock, coffee and snooker. He listens to more music than you. And then writes about it.