Surely Les Claypool of Primus has had dreams about jumping into the chocolate river seen in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Or finding the golden ticket. Or getting a golden egg-laying goose nooooow, Daddy.
Claypool's obsession with Willy Wonka is on display in Primus & the Chocolate Factory, the group's newest and eighth studio album that reworks the film's songs, and was the foundation for an imaginative stage show November 5 at Peabody Opera House. With psychedelic lighting, Wonka-esque costumes and candy as far as the eye could see, Primus' production was "pure imagination."
If you weren't at the show, just picture a funkified version of this:
Primus pulled no punches when it came to recreating Claypool's favorite movie. Claypool, himself, represented ol' Willy:
And drummer Tim Alexander partied as whiny, shrinkable Mike Teevee from the film:
Everyone knows how trippy Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is, so it wasn't surprising that Primus' stage was full of crazy sights, like this giant mushroom that sort of looks like a penis:
Primus fans had their golden tickets and came fully prepared to taste some psychedelic snozzberries. Many were dressed in the bright colors of the candy featured in the film:
Wonka hats were a fashion staple for both women and men:
On page two, check out beards and the best effing coat in the world!
Hair -- lots of it -- also was a major fashion mainstay, no matter where it was on the body:
But the fashion accessory we were most impressed by were Primus fans' coats. Check out the distinctive styles the two ladies wore here:
This just might be the best coat we've ever seen, and it was perfect for Primus' Willy-Wonka themed show:
Seriously, we want this coat:
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