Flaming Lips – “With A Little Helps From Our Fwends” & Primus – “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory”

Two Albums. One Review. Sssoooooo….these are pretty much the same thing, so I’m gonna save some space and review them simultaneously. Both of these albums are longtime American rock bands covering entire albums & reinterpreting them into their own unique styles.
First, The Flaming Lips covering “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. As the title suggests, this is done with the aide of their friends from the biz. Much like their previous endeavor, where they covered “Dark Side Of The Moon”, The Flaming Lips take this classic album and trip it the hell out. Most of the songs are fairly radical reinventions, and if it weren’t for the fact that this album is for charity, the purpose of it is quite quizzical. Guests include: My Morning Jacket, J Mascis, Miley Cyrus, Moby, Dr. Dog, Phantogram, MJ Keenan, Tegan & Sara, Stardeath, Grace Potter, Foxygen, & MGMT.

RIYL: Flaming Lips, MGMT, Foxygen, The Beatles
FCC: Clean
Play: 3, 4, 10, 11,12

This is Primus playing songs from the original-Gene Wilder-starring, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. Steeped in nostalgia, this isn’t the most mind-blowing album in the Primus catalog, but it’s always fun to here Les Claypool being awesome. Joined for the first time in almost 20 years, by the best Primus combo (Tim “Herb” Alexander on drums, and Larry LaLonde on guitar), the musicianship makes up for the lack of songs. Worth it just for the version of the Oompa Loompa song.

RIYL: Primus, Gene Wilder, great bass playing
FCC: Clean
Play: 6, 2, 4, 7, 10

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