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Categories: 31-songs-in-may

Tags: music, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Date: 09 May 2003 19:24:00

In researching today's song I seem to have inadvertently stumbled across an interest almost out of proportion to it's merits. However I think I've separated the good stuff out now, and can proceed.

May 9th: Pure Imagination.

(Sorry about the bad midi file, I've just had to replace a bad link.)

I was on a bit of a film thing yesterday, and it was fun, so I'm carrying on with it. Different song, different film. 'Pure Imagination' is the song sung by Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) as he leads the kids into the 'nerve centre' of the factory, an edible scenic meadow, complete with a chocolate river. The movie was meant as an advertisement for a new chocolate bar from Quaker, who funded much of the production, unfortunately they couldn't get the formula right, and had to abandon it. These days, Wonka candy is available these days, but the closest chocolate I have found to what I always imagined Wonka's to be is a Thornton's Fudge Whip bar (50p at your nearest outlet). They really should re-name them 'Whipplescrumptious Fudgemallow Delight'. Incidentally, those Wonka kids? Look at them now! (From left to right, Charlie, Violet, Mike, Verruca and Augustus.) All this is making me want to see this film again and again in glorious dvd quality... Anyway, back to the song. It was written by Leslie Bricusse OBE and Anthony Newley. Yes that Anthony Newley, who sadly passed away in 1999. They wrote all of the songs for this film, and Bricusse for many others, including 'Stop The World I Want to Get Off' and 'Scrooge' the Musical.

That's enough links for now.

Nessa, no, the Lost Boys is cheesy fun, ABBA is music for people who don't like music.

More proper music tomorrow.