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From Gene Wilder to Johnny Depp, it's impossible not to have an over-the-top take on Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka tale—but Primus' may be the weirdest of all. Featuring a reunited lineup of guitarist Larry Lalonde, drummer Tim Alexander, and madman bassist Les Claypool, this record reflects the 1971 movie's soundtrack like a funhouse mirror. The formerly endearing "Pure Imagination" becomes a teetering carnival ride, while "Golden Ticket" is a twisted march led by Claypool's hammered bass. In Primus' hands, the benevolent chocolatier of "Candy Man" is transformed into a raving Bellevue inmate. Good times. 

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Pure Imagination

I don't know what is wrong with that butthurt fan but this will be amazing they did this for halloween one year and the person saying they have fallen off hasnt seen primus in awhile they were amazing at Filmore


Enter the twisted mind of Les Claypool! Genius!

Pure lack of imagination

How far has Primus fallen? I did not think it possible to strip Pure Imagination of any sense of joy or whimsy. A straight reading of the lyrics by Stephen Hawking would be more interesting purely for its sad irony. The only irony here is that this offering sadly fails in every way imaginable.


Formed: 1986 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Primus is all about Les Claypool; there isn't a moment on any of their records where his bass isn't the main focal point of the music, with his vocals acting as a bizarre side-show. Which isn't to deny guitarist Larry LaLonde or drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander any credit; no drummer could weave in and around Claypool's convoluted patterns as effortlessly as Alexander, and few guitarists would willingly push the spotlight away, like LaLonde does, just to can produce a never-ending spiral of avant-noise....
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