Legends of the West Country, best known for their Hits of
the 70's, Combine Harvester, I am a Cider Drinker, The Blackbird
Song, Morning Glory, Drink Up thy Zider, Finest arvest etc.
now have a huge cult follwing in the 90's throughout the U.K.
They have made thousands of live appearances throughout the
U.K, in Canada, the Middle East, Spain and Central America
- have three Royal shows to their credit, before Princess
Anne, The Duchess of Gloucester, The Duchess of Kent, even
appearing at Buckingham Palace.
Their television appearances have been many - and varied -
from Blue Peter to the Generation Game - Top of the Pops to
Highway, then in 1998 the Steve Coogan show on BBC1, Never
Mind the Buzzocks on the BBC2, The Harry Hill show in December
1998 on Channel 4, Night Fever in January 1999 on Channel
5 and then in April 1999 on Channel 4, featured in a look
back at past No 1 hit singles.
Listen out for them on a television advert for a well known
June 2000 saw the new catch up with the old when The Wurzels
at last fulfilled a career ambition when they were "The Surprise
Group" at Glastonbury Music Festival.
Also the year 2000 saw EMI Records bow to e-mail pressure
and release a 24 track CD featuring tracks recorded between
1966 and 1978 by The Wurzels- and the late, great Adge Cutler.
Adge Cutlers and The Wurzels CDs and Wurzel
For all The Mangled Wurzels out there
Look Here for a mis-spelled Wurzels lyric, like The Wurzels
Finest Harvest or The Wurzels Combined Harvester
The Story so fahrrrrr...
story starts in the summer of 1966 when Adge Cutler visited
John Miles office with little more than a number of songs
he had written. The name Adge Cutler and The Wurzels
was conceived, a recording contract was negotiated with
EMI and in the autumn of 1966 a single 'Drink up Thy Zider'
was released. This record sold over 100,000 copies and
appearances followed on a number of TV shows including David
Frost Show, Simon Dee, etc. Further records were released
with cabaret and concert appearances all over the country.
The name of Adge Cutler and The Wurzels was slowly
spreading until a fateful morning in May 1974 when Adge
Cutler was killed in a road accident.TheWurzels decided
to continue on their own and in April 1976 they finally
hit jackpot with their hit 'Combine Harvester' which was
a parody of Melanie's Brand New Key. 'Combine Harvester'
is about a country fella trying to get his hands on a wench's
(wait for it) bit of land. Well at least that's what the
record implies. The familiarity of the tune and the jolly
sound captured many folks' imaginations and sent the record
up the charts. It made No 1 and sold nearly 400,000 copies
in the U.K. alone. The B-side 'Blackbird' was No 1 in Canada.
up 'Combine Harvester' was a problem which was decided
one night later a show. EMI Records had sent down crates
of champagne to celebrate the No 1 hit. The Wurzels
were kicking around with the tune of 'Una paloma Blanca'
when Pete just came out with 'When the Moon Shines on the
Cowshed' and it just went on from there. All three put
bits in and then recorded it straight away. 'Cider Drinker'
rocketed up the charts, giving the group a No 3 hit and
their second silver disc for sales over the 250,000 mark
in a matter of weeks.
third single 'Morning Glory' sold 40,000 in the first week
just before Christmas 1976 then In 1977 The Wurzels
continued their previous year's success and appeared on
many networked TV shows, completed two sell-out major Nationwide
Tours, had two top fifty hits with 'Farmer Bill's Cowman'
and 'Give Me England'. Two tours of Canada and visits
to Tenerife and Cyprus completed a busy year.
included more sell-out concerts, a tour of the Middle East
and appearances on numerous networked TV and radio shows
including BBC TV's Cabaret Showtime, Cheggers, That's Life,
Seaside Special, Crackerjack and The Basil Brush Show.
many singles, big selling L.P's and four silver discs, numerous
TV and radio shows, tours abroad but for their success,
their totally down to earth attitude, looking at the world
slightly tongue-in-cheek endears The Wurzels to so
many followers throughout the country. As Pete says "We're
just going to carry on and better ourselves. On our albums
we do a few nice songs just to show that we're capable of
doing other things. We don't get frustrated or feel confined
by our country yokel image. The Wurzels gear on,
we feel part of it and get carried away in the mood of it
1980 Record success came in the form of their single 'I
hate J.R/I love J.R.'
1981 they were seen on television in Yorkshire TV's networked
show 3-2-1 and BBC TV's That's Life.
1983 Released a single called 'The Wurzel Rap'
plus a brand new LP called 'The Wurzels - Freshly