Posted in music on July 29, 2014


The classic lineup of Primus that made Sailing the Seas of Cheese (Les Claypool, Larry "Ler" LaLonde, and Tim "Herb" Alexander) have gotten back together for a new, food-themed album, due out October 21. Specifically it's a tribute to the classic 1971 movie musical version of Roald Dahl's Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, covering the entire soundtrack in their own inimitable way. (Even "Cheer Up Charlie" which used to get cut from the TV version.) Says Claypool:

The idea was to combine the Frog Brigade and Primus, and do this record,' says Claypool. I think like a good portion of the planet, we were all pretty put off by the remake of the 'Willy Wonka' movie - the Tim Burton version. I really wanted to pay homage to a film that was very important to me as a kid and very influential to me musically. So that's what we did. And as opposed to just going in and recording the songs and playing them the way they are in the film, we twisted them up a bit...twisted them up a lot.
You can stream "Pure Imagination" from Primus & the Chocolate Factory below.

The day after its release, Primus will head out on tour, playing NYC on Halloween (10/31) at Beacon Theatre for a show billed as "An Evening With Primus and the Chocolate Factory." Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/1) at 11 AM, with Livenation and Chase Cardmember presales beginning Thursday (7/31) at 11 AM.

Tim Alexander, who is touring with the band, is currently recovering from triple-bypass surgery, so rest up till then, dude.


Primus - 2014 Tour Dates
10/22 - Tower Theatre - Upper Darby, PA
10/24 - Palace Theatre - Albany, NY
10/25 - Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA
10/26 - Flynn Center for Performing Arts - Burlington, VT
10/28 - Palace Theater - Waterbury, CT
10/29 - Hippodrome - Baltimore, MD
10/31 - Beacon Theatre - New York, NY
11/01 - State Theatre - New Brunswick, NJ
11/02 - Main Street Armory - Rochester, NY
11/03 - The Fillmore Detroit - Detroit, MI
11/05 - Peabody Opera House - St. Louis, MO
11/07 - Taft Theatre - Cincinnati, OH
11/08 - Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
11/09 - Hard Rock Live - Orlando, FL
11/11 - The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater - Miami Beach, FL
11/12 - Ruth Eckerd Hall - Clearwater, FL
11/14 - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Biloxi, MS
11/15 - ACL live at the Moody Theater - Austin, TX
11/16 - The Majestic Theatre - Dallas, TX
11/17 - Majestic Theatre - San Antonio, TX
11/19 - Orpheum Theatre Phoenix - Phoenix, AZ
11/21 - Orpheum Theatre LA - Los Angeles, CA



Comments (21)

Sounds pretty dope

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2014 3:12 PM

queue that asshole that always leaves the same comment about loser older brothers liking this band

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2014 3:15 PM

Well, doofy high school stoners need something to listen to.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2014 3:22 PM


Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2014 3:38 PM

Classic “big brother music.” The only people who are halfway forgiven for giving a shit about Primus are guys who are like fifteen years old and still haven’t come into their own, and they idolize their retarded stoner big brother because he’s got a car and he brags about having sex with girls (without truth) and he’s got a rockin’ dustache and he listens to Primus. Luckily, by the time these guys are seventeen or so, their brother is driving a forklift at the dump and they’re like “what the fuck was I thinking, my brother is a huge piece of shit and Primus has always sucked.”

So, Primus fans, pick one. You’re either the kid who’s gonna grow out of if or you’re the big brother.

P.S. – Les Claypool fucking sucks and you’re in serious need of retuning if you can’t tell.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2014 3:39 PM

A lot of post city boyz don't know how to woo the post city galz. You gotta have personality, and Paul Newman's eyez... like me!

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | July 29, 2014 3:44 PM

presale tickets are available at right now

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2014 4:15 PM

Primus sucks, everyone knows that

Posted by harold of the rocks | July 29, 2014 4:19 PM

3:39 is post city an' 3:22 is Bill O'Reilly

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2014 4:32 PM

Oh man, FootFetish is even more embarrassing than ever before. This is sad.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2014 4:41 PM

^i know, rite. bcukeye must have dropped out of joke skool :(

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2014 4:43 PM

you forgot to list your name as 'Dr. David Thorpe' 3:39

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2014 4:52 PM

Poor ole' Buckeye.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2014 4:56 PM

Who is Buckeye?

CityFest 2014 is a success!

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | July 29, 2014 5:07 PM


Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2014 5:13 PM

I thought their new album was titled "Sailing the Seas of Hummus"

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2014 5:31 PM

I've paid to see Phish twice this month and even I think this looks retarded.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2014 5:57 PM


Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2014 7:23 PM

Cheer up, Charlie!

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2014 10:42 PM

Primus fans make steampunks seem cool

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2014 8:21 AM

"Classic" Primus lineup. If you can name on member of Primus besides Les Claypool please jump off a cliff...

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2014 10:58 AM

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