Monday Melody


Smoking Popes
Willy Wonka holds a peculiar fascination and power over several generations. A character that straddles childhood living and adult responsibilities, Wonka speaks to something deep in us that shifts with us over time. Still, at the core of his appeal is a palpable sense of wonder, and that's something that can always use a good stoking. Our Monday sound advice this week comes from a pair of covers inspired by the fabulous soundtrack to 1971 film Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley crafted songs that instantly make the corners of one's mouth curl up, which is evident in the Smoking Popes' jaunty take on "Pure Imagination" and the trippier beat science adaptation of "The Candy Man" from Cibo Matto.

[Published on: 8/3/09]

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