I'm sure I'm well behind the curve on this, but what with the new version of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory coming out, it seems timely in the extreme to revisit some of those delightful-yet-vaguely-creepy tunes of our youths. Alas, I do not own the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory soundtrack, but I do have a few of the songs sprinkled willy-nilly throughout my mix CDs, including those irrepressible Oompa Loompa life-lesson ditties.
I thought seriously about adding the White Stripes' "Candy Cane Children" to the collection, especially as Johnny Depp seems to be modeling his look after Mr. White in the Tim Burton update. But, truthfully, that song isn't a favorite of mine, so I've decided instead to substitute the oddly perfect pairing of Iggy Pop and Kate Pierson on "Candy," as well as Soviet's OMD/Echo & the Bunnymen homage "Candy Girl."
Now, like a bull in a candy shop, go crazy...
Oompa Loompa Songs [from the soundtrack to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, 1996]
Oompa Loompa Song #1 [MP3] [left-click]
Oompa Loompa Song #2 [MP3] [left-click]
Oompa Loompa Song #3 [MP3] [left-click]
Oompa Loompa Song #4 [MP3] [left-click]
"Pure Imagination" [from the soundtrack to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, 1996]
Pure Imagination [MP3] [left-click]
"Candy"/Iggy Pop [w/Kate Pierson] [from the Iggy Pop LP Brick By Brick, 1990]
"Candy Girl"/Soviet [from the LP We Are Eyes, We Are Builders, 2001]
Candy Girl-mp3 [left-click]