Les Claypool has been the driving force behind funk metal outfit Primus since 1984. In that time, he has also written a book, South of the Pumphouse, directed a film, Electric Apricot, and become synonymous with the sounds of animated TV shows Robot Chicken and South Park. Now he's remade the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory soundtrack.
Considering his penchant for the bizarre yet playful, it is no surprise that Claypool's had a lifelong fascination with Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka character and Gene Wilder's cinematic interpretation. This obsession eventually spawned a Chocolate Factory-themed New Year's Eve concert, and then Primus' eighth studio album, Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble.
We here at Crossfade recently got the chance to chat with Claypool. The topics of conversation included golden records, the power of "Candyman," and of course, chocolates.
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