"Pure Imagination" is a song from the
1971movie " Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory". It was written by Leslie Bricusseand Anthony Newleyspecifically for the movie and does not appear in the original book by Roald Dahlor the 2005 film adaptation by Tim Burton. It was sung by Gene Wilder( Willy Wonka).
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"If you want to view paradise," "Simply look around and view it" "Anything you want to, do it" "Want to change the world?" "There's nothing to it"
Lou Rawlsrecorded a version of " Pure Imagination" for his 1976album, " All Things In Time".
Bucketheadhas covered the song several times, including on his debut Bucketheadlandin 1992, on his second album Giant Robot in 1994, and several times live.
2004, the rock band Maroon 5composed a cover versionof "Pure Imagination" that was released on the compilation album " Mary Had a Little Amp". A previous cover, by punk band Smoking Popesappeared on their 1997album " Destination Failure". Singer Mariah Careyalso sampled the song for the 1999remix of her hit single " I Still Believe", releasing it as the "I Still Believe/Pure Imagination Damizza Remix". Sammy Davis Jr., who famously covered the song The Candy Manfrom the film, also covered this song.
The Muppet Show" Season One, Ben Vereensings the song to a Muppetatop a rooftop, accompanied by flying creatures.
Jazz singer Mark Murphy frequently performs this song live.
Kenny Logginsincludes the song in a medly along with the songs Somewhere Out Thereand Never Never Landon his 1994 album Return To Pooh Corner.
UK electronic act
Crazy Penissampled some of the lyrics on their track "There's a Better Place" from their 2002album The Wicked is Music.
2005, MasterCardcommissioned an upbeat, alternative-style version of the song for its television commercial"Candy Store." [http://www.mastercard.com/us/specialoffers/Commercials/] Although it was only 30 seconds long, this commercial jingleversion has attracted a great deal of attention from listeners who tried to find out the musical group performing the jingle and purchase a copy of it, only to be told by MasterCard that "Unfortunately, there is no way to get a copy of this song."
Also in 2005, dance music artists
FORDaka Lawrence Fordyceand Jori remixed "Pure Imagination", releasing two versions: a "Wonka Trance" version and an "Oompa Loompa Breakbeat" version, with each version released in edit and club mix lengths. As of October 2005, the trance version is a highly requested song on XM Satellite Radio's dance hits channel BPM. Fact|date=April 2007
Irish rock band
The Framesalso frequently samples a part of the song during live performances of their song "Star Star", as heard in their 2002 live album Set List. The tune served as the basis for Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps 2005Program "Distorted Imagination".
Bradley Josepharranged a cover versionof "Pure Imagination" on his 2005 album, "For the Love of It".
Stylophonicmix a version on his album Baby Beat Show using a sample of the Lou Rawls vocals.
Jazz Pianist Bob James also did a version of this song.
The online game
Furcadiahas some lines from the song on the loadup screen.
Pure Imagination is included on Michael Ware's newest album, Atmospheric Lies, released February 2006.
In the 2002 Sam Jones directed documentary "
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (film)- A Film about Wilco" - Pure Imagination serves as the soundtrack for the closing moments of the film.
Ferraby Lionheartrecorded a cover version of the song that was included in his debut album, Catch the Brass Ring.
In the special Halloween episode of
The Fairly Oddparents, when it is raining candy, an instrumental version of this song is played.
On the 'Doin' it for the Kids' special of
Australian Idol 2007, Top 6 contestant Carl Riseley performed the song and received a standing ovation.
In 2007, the song was sampled in an advertisement for
British Sky Broadcastingin the UK.
in 2008, the song was selected as the theme song for the virtual world variety show, [http://maxmarchpresents.com Max March Presents] .
The song was parodied in "
Wasted Talent" on " Family Guy".
Also, thaclinic.com featured the song in it's premiere promo teaser, starring skaters such as Kevin Booker and Jacob Walder.
* [http://www.guntheranderson.com/v/data/pureimag.htm Lyrics and guitar chords of "Pure Imagination"]
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