Many of you may know that my favorite movie of all time is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. (The original, not the Johnny Depp travesty of a remake.)
While I remembered enjoying Willy Wonka quite a bit as a young child, once I saw the movie about 50 times during the 10-day period I had the chicken pox while at summer camp, I was utterly hooked. I still know the movie by heart, and it's been awesome finding so many other people for whom the movie holds such a soft spot. (And I know of one friend for whom the movie is a nightmare, so sorry for mentioning it again...)
For this week's Cool Cover Song, I thought I'd shake myself out of my 80s music rut and pick a cover of a song from my favorite movie.
Maroon 5 recorded a version of Pure Imagination in 2004 as part of a CD called Mary Had a Little Amp, which featured singers and groups performing versions of songs from Disney and other children's-oriented movies. Their version of the song was used again in 2009 as part of a compilation CD called Change is Now: Renewing America's Promise, which celebrated President Obama's first inauguration.
Gene Wilder's version of the song in the movie is lyrical and magical; Maroon 5's version is a little darker and languid. But it's still a song from Willy Wonka, so I can't complain!
Take a listen and let me know what you think.
Check out my previous Cool Cover Songs of the Week:
Borderline by The Counting Crows
How Deep Is Your Love by The Bird and The Bee
Life in a Northern Town by Sugarland, Little Big Town, and Jake Owen
I Don't Want to Talk About It by The Indigo Girls
Only You by Joshua Radin