If your favorite part of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" is when Wonka starts screaming on the boat, this might be the show for you. And if your musical tastes begin and end with 199, or you've ever googled a list of the greatest bass players of all time, you probably know Primus. Much like Gobstoppers and chocolate, you might not have expected these two worlds to meet. But Les Claypool has never really cared for what people expect.
Primus formed in 1984 with Claypool and former guitarist Todd Huth. Their first major release, "Sailing the Seas of Cheese" featured two singles "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" and "Tommy the Cat." The album went gold and solidified the group's reputation for creating a new sound within the alternative rock genre. Primus' current lineup, Claypool (vocals and bass), Larry LaLonde (guitar) and Tim Alexander (drums), is bringing their experimental sound to a classic experiment in film.
Just think about your memories of watching "Willy Wonka" for the first time, long before Tim Burton Johnny Depped the cream filling out of it. You were likely enthralled, engaged and more than a little hungry for a Scrumdiddlyuptious Bar. Claypool grew up to be a rock star and on New Year’s Eve 2013 performed a Willy Wonka themed Primus concert. You've never been that scrumdiddilyumptious.
Since then the show has become an album and a phenomenon. The interpretations are mesmerizingly Primus, and the feel is like 10 pounds of chocolate that you don't have to share with anyone -- but still can if you want to. You might not be ready to let go of your precious memories of Charlie and the kids being loosed upon the chocolate room. But once you hear Primus perform their take on "Pure Imagination," you might wish that everything in your life were edible -- you'll want to eat lots of stuff.