Professor Wurzel's Wurzelmania

The ONLY Index to ALL Officially Released Wurzel Songs: Part 1 (A-C)

Alphabetical list of all known Adge Cutler & The Wurzels  and The Wurzels songs and where they can be found. (UK releases only) This section covers songs beginning with A to C

Albert's Funny Farm
(Tony Baylis)
Released on the B side of the 1980 single 'I Shot J.R.' A fairly light-hearted song sung by Tony Baylis.

All Fall Down
(Pete Budd, AJ Smith)
Released as the A side of a single in 1986. A re-recording was issued on a cassette single 1986-1988. A song sung by Pete Budd about the effects of scrumpy drinking!

Aloha Severn Beach
(Adge Cutler)
Originally released as the B side to the 1968 single 'Up The Clump'  it was re-recorded for the 1969 'Carry On Cutler!' album. Adge's Hawaiian song, complete with Hawaiian guitar and backing vocals by the Wurzels. It describes "a little corner of heaven, down there by the River Severn".

Avonmouth Mary
(Adge Cutler)
Released on the 1967 LP 'Adge Cutler's Family Album'. A fairly romantic number - by Adge's usual standards, anyway. It's a sort of tale of a lost love!

Back Of My Old Car, The
(Tony Baylis, Tommy Banner, Pete Budd)
 
This was the B side of the 1976 single 'I Am A Cider Drinker'. This is a studio track sung by Tony Baylis where he describes the dubious goings on in the back of his old car. It was never
performed 'live' according to Pete Budd and Tommy Banner. The chorus goes:

In the back of my old car, we won't be travellin' far, We'll 'ave a cuddle in the moonlight, in the back of my old car, we won't tell your ma-ma', she won't know where we are, You'll be all right if you get inside, I'll give you an economy ride -Everybody's been satisfied in the back of my old car!...
            which should give you an idea!

Barcelona Blues
(Adge Cutler)
Released on the 1967 LP 'Adge Cutler's Family Album'. Based on Adge's experiences when he spent some time in Spain, a country he loved. Includes the immortal line "Vino tinto, vino blanco, makes me feel like General Franco".

Base Over Apex
(Bob Barratt, Tony Baylis)
Released on  the 'Golden Delicious' album in 1977. Song about a woman who keeps falling down; sung by Tommy Banner in waltz time.

Blackbird, The
(adapt. Pete Budd, Tommy Banner, Tony Baylis)
'The Blackbird' is an old West Country folk song and a version of it was sung by Bernard Miles in the Goon Show 'The Rent Collectors'.  The Wurzels rewrote the lyrics and had it as the B side of their 1976 hit single 'Combine Harvester'. It remains a firm favourite with fans today.

Bridgwater Town
(George)
The Wurzels recorded this song for their 2004 CD 'A Taste of the West' and was the only 'new' Wurzels song on the album.

Bristol Song, The
(Bob Barratt)
Written by The Wurzels producer Bob Barratt, this appeared on the 1968 'Cutler of the West' album. The lyrics contain references to many places in the Bristol area - Seamills, Horfield, Redcliffe, etc - and sung as 'a sort of Clifton Calypso' (in Adge's words).

Cabot Song (Big 'Ead), The
(John Christie, Pete Lawrence)
Released on the 1977 studio album 'Golden Delicious' .The song is about the Bristolian explorer John Cabot going off to discover America - only to have trouble with his headwear. One line is "Thee's never get a girt big 'ead like thine in a tiny little 'at like this". At the end of the song the words are "I got a good idea, said John's ol' man - why don't you discover Portishead instead".

Call Of The West
(Sammy King)
Released on the 1976 LP 'The Combine Harvester'. It is sung by Pete Budd - and is about how wherever he goes, he still feels drawn back to the West Country. The album cover wrongly gives the title as "Call of the Wild".

Champion Dung Spreader, The
(Adge Cutler)
Originally released as the A side of the 1967 single this track also appeared on the LP 'Adge Cutler & The Wurzels' released at the same time. The single version is slightly different. This song was Adge's answer to Lonnie Donegan's 1960 UK hit 'My Old Man's A Dustman' and describes his old dad's occupation spreading dung far and wide with a "girt big blackthorn stick".

Chandler's Wife, The
(adapt. Butch Kinsey)
Sung to the tune of 'The Lincolnshire Poacher', and recorded by many artists over the years, this track appeared on the 1968 LP 'Cutler Of The West'.

Chelsea Dagger
(Lawler)
Released on the 2010 CD 'A Load More Bullocks'. It was a cover of a song by Scottish rock band The Fratellis who released it as the second single from their debut studio album, Costello Music (2006).

Charlton Mackrell Jugband, The
(Kevin Sheldon, Trevor Crozier)
Released on the 1968 album 'Cutler Of The West album' and re-recorded for the 2004 CD 'A Taste of The West'. It is the tale of the trials and tribulations of forming a band - and what happened when they finally get some success ("topping the charts in the Farmers' Weekly"). 

The song has been recorded in various local versions, Trevor Crozier's original 'The Piddletrenthide Jug Band' was based in Dorset (subsequently also recorded by The Yetties), while The Plonkers' relocated it to Hampshire with their 'Dibden Purlieu Jug Band'. And as the location is only mentioned in the title, the song lyrics don't change wherever the singer bases it.

Cheddar Cheese
(Tommy Banner, Pete Budd, Tony Baylis)
This track was released as the 'B' side of the 1977 single 'One For The Bristol City' - and was taken from the 1975 album 'The Wurzels Are Scrumptious', albeit with a shortened introduction. The Wurzels' tribute to the most famous cheese in the world, originating from Zummerzet, but now, it seems, made everywhere.

Chew Magna Cha-Cha, The
(Adge Cutler)
Released on the 1967 debut album for Adge Cutler & The Wurzels. A dance number; in Adge's words a "song with a Spanish twinge". 
The chorus goes:
"No jumped-up Tormarton tango, Little Farrington Gurney fandango, 'Tis the dance they do oh-ah,' Tis the Chew Magna cha-cha-cha!".

Chewton Mendip Love-In, The
(Whitehead, Gardner)
Released on the 1969 LP 'Carry On Cutler!'. Describes the goings-on at a "love-in" - and as Adge said "an' if thee can remember what one o' they be, thee's older'n thee's look..."

Chitterling
(Adge Cutler)
 This was released as the B side on the 1971 single 'Poor Poor Farmer'. It was re-recorded for the 2006 CD 'Top Of The Crops'. A song extolling the virtues of the wonderful delicacy of Chitterlings, otherwise known as 'a pig's smaller intestine' (it says in my dictionary): and as the lyrics say "You can buy it soft or 'ard, by the pound or by the yard...".

Combine Harvester, The
(Melanie Safka, Brendan O'Shaughnessy)
Released as the A side to The Wurzel's first single in 1976.
The single was re-issued (identical version) in 1980. A live version of 'Combine Harvester' also appears on the 'Mendip Magic' cassette album. The original song was remixed and reissued as a single in 2001 - 'The Combine Harvester Remix 2001'. It was re-recorded again for the 2006 CD 'Top Of The Crops'. The original version was used on the B side of the 2007 release of 'I Am A Cider Drinker' with Tony Blackburn.

A parody of Melanie's hit Brand New Key, this rocketed The Wurzels to the pinnacle of the UK music industry in 1976, with the band spending two weeks at #1 in the British singles charts. Unfortunately The Wurzels have never equaled that early success. 
The song was originally a #1 hit for Irish singer Brendan Grace, who topped the Irish Charts with the song in autumn 1975, so perhaps it is no surprise that it proved such a success for The Wurzels. The Wurzels' single originally credited just Melanie Safka, but the reissued version credits her as joint writer with Brendan O'Shaughnessy - Brendan's real name - as author of the parody lyrics.

(Come On Santa (Get Your Act Together)
(The Wurzels, George D. Allen, Louie Nicastro, Sil Willcox)
Released on a CD three-track single for the Christmas 2001 market.
Two versions of the song appear on the CD -' Come On Santa! (Get Yer Act Together)' - Radio Edit and 'Come On Santa! (Get Yer Act Together)' - X-Rated Version. The song was credited to The Wurzels, George D. Allen and Louie Nicastro (who produced, arranged and directed The Wurzels 'Never Mind The Bullocks' album) and Sil Wilcox, the band's manager.

Common People
(Banks/Cocker/Doyle/Mackey/Senior)
Released on the 2010 CD 'A Load More Bullocks'. This was a cover of a song by English alternative rock band Pulp It was released by Pulp in May 1995 as the lead single off their fifth studio album 'Different Class'.

Coughin' Song
(Peter Knight)
Released as the A side of a single in 1982. A song about the evils of smoking, sung by Pete Budd, who says it was recorded as part of an anti-smoking campaign.

County House
(Albarn, Jame, Rountree, Coxon)
Released on the CD album "Never Mind The Bullock" album in 2002. A re-make of the Blur hit single, all Wurzelled up.

Crabapple Hill
(Sammy King)
Release on the 1976 'Combine Harvester' LP. A cheerfully nostalgic sort of song sung by Tony Baylis - not typical Wurzels material, but very rural.

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