Thee Cassent Kill Cooch (Adge Cutler) Released on the 1967 album 'Adge Cutler & The Wurzels. The title refers to "cooch" (or "couch") grass, which has a reputation with gardeners as being vernigh impossible to get rid of - the song is about a bloke who never gives up trying to get what he's after.
Thee's Got'n Where Thee Cassn't Back'n, Hassn't? (Adge Cutler) Released on the 1968 album 'Cutler Of The West'. Song about Flo & Joe and their little motor car which he has trouble manoeuvring in tight spaces. The title, translated from the original Bristolian, means "You are not going to get out of that one very easily". A true Cutler classic!
Tractor Song, The (Idris & Evan Jones) Released as the A side of a 1978 single with an edited version appearing on the 'I'll Never Get A Scrumpy Here' LP in the same year. Yet another Wurzels parody, this time of the Australian band 'The Mixtures' Pushbike Song, which reached #2 in the UK in 1971 (The Mixtures' song, that is). Unfortunately The Wurzels' parody version failed to chart, but the guys did get to perform it on Cheggers' Plays Pop! though!
Twice Daily (Adge Cutler) Originally released as the B side on the group's first single in 1966 and the EP that followed very soon afterwards. The original single was reissued in 1974. The track was re-recorded for the 1975 'The Wurzels Are Scrumptious!' album, the 'Mendip Magic' cassette album and the 2002 CD 'The Wurzels Live'. This Adge Cutler-penned song was coupled with' Drink Up Thy Zider'on the band's first single, Although "Zider" was popular in its own right, the record partly owed it success to the fact that Twice Daily was banned from the air by the BBC! As you could have predicted, this only helped to get the record into the charts. The song seems innocuous by today's standards, but its references to pre-marital naughty behaviour leading to pregnancy and a shotgun wedding was deemed too strong for the sensitive public by the prim Auntie Beeb of the 1960s.
Up All Night
(Barlow/Owen/Orange/Donald/Norton/Weaver) Released on the 2010 CD 'A Load More Bullocks'." Up All Night" is the second single from British group Take That's fifth studio album, The Circus (2008).
Up The Clump (Adge Cutler) Released as the A side of the 1968 single, it was re-recorded for the 1968 album 'Cutler Of The West'. Adge's rock 'n' roll number, complete with Tommy Banner's Jerry Lee Lewis-style piano playing and a drummer - a novelty for The Wurzels in those days before they had a regular drummer.
Verger, The (Kevin Sheldon, Trevor Crozier) Released on the 1975 album 'The Wurzels Are Scrumptious! '. Another Sheldon/Crozier composition (see Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee) recorded on The Wurzels Are Scrumptious! album and sung by Tommy Banner. This ditty is all about the huge range of celebrities (all rather dated now!) who visit the church and sign the visitors' book, curiously always when the verger happens to be absent!
Virtute Et Industrial (Adge Cutler) Originally released on the 1967 album 'Adge Cutler & The Wurzels' it was re-recorded for the 2004 CD 'A Taste Of The West'. An Adge Cutler-penned song taking its title from the motto of the City of Bristol - 'Virtute Et Industrial'; virtue and industry. These refer to the main emblems that are associated with Bristol, the Unicorn and the Ship, both of which feature on the city's coat of arms and which can be seen all over the city.
When The Common Market Comes To Stanton Drew (Adge Cutler) Released on the B side of the 1967 single 'Champion Dung Spreader'. It was re-recorded for the 2004 CD 'A Taste Of The West'. This is Adge's vision of what would happen to the Somerset way of life if Britain should enter the European Common Market, an event some years in the future at the time. Some of his predictions have come true, others not... yet.
When A Child Is Born (Fred Jay & Ciro Dammicco) Released on the 2011 CD 'The Wurzels Christmas Album. "When A Child Is Born" is a popular Christmas song. The original melody was "Soleado", a tune from 1974 by Ciro Dammicco (alias Zacar). The tune was based on Damicco's earlier tune "Le rose blu" published in 1972. The English language lyrics were written a few years later by Fred Jay who wrote many hits for Boney M such as Rasputin and Ma Baker. They do not make specific mention of Christmas. Fred Jay's lyrics have been sung by many artists, most successfully by Johnny Mathis in 1976, whose version was the Christmas number one of that year in the UK.
White Christmas Irving (Berlin) Released on the 2011 CD 'The Wurzels Christmas Album." "White Christmas" is an Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. The song was written by Berlin for the musical film Holiday Inn, released in 1942.
Who Needs Summer? (Ed Welch) This track was part of the band's live set prior to Adge's death, but wasn't recorded until the 1975 album 'The Wurzels Are Scrumptious! '. A soppy romantic song with plenty of harmonies. This was part of the band's live set prior to Adge's death, but never recorded until the 1975 Wurzels Are Scrumptious album.
Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)? (Barry Mann, Gerry Goffin) Originally released on 1981 compilation cassette album 'The Wurzels'. This song was co-written and originally recorded by American singer Barry Mann in 1961 - Barry's version was a US Top 10 hit. In the UK it was covered by The Viscounts who had a Top 30 hit with it. The Wurzels' version is done fairly straight, with Pete Budd showing his rock 'n' roll roots!
Willie The Shake (adapt. Adge Cutler, Tony Baylis, Tommy Banner, Reg Quantrill) Released on the 1969 album 'Carry On Cutler'.A parody of the 1968 Scaffold no. 1 UK hit Lily The Pink which appeared on the album Carry On Cutler! album. According to producer Bob Barratt, this song contains some "startling, though probably mythical, revelations about the Bard of Avon" (as opposed to The Bard Of Avonmouth!). One of the few songs where each member of the band takes a turn at singing lead vocals. When you hear it you'll know why it's one of the few...
Winter Wonderland (Felix Bernard & Richard
B Smith) Released on the 2011 CD 'The Wurzels Christmas Album. "Winter Wonderland" is a song written in 1934 by Felix Bernard and lyricist Richard Bernhard Smith. Due to its seasonal theme, it is often regarded as a Christmas song in the Northern Hemisphere. Since its original recording by Richard Himber, it has been covered by over 200 different artists.
Wish I'd Stayed A Bachelor (Tommy Banner) Released on the 'I'll Never Get A Scrumpy Here' album in 1978. Written and sung by Tommy in the style typical of the extreme northern extremity of Somerset (i.e. Scotland!) Tommy sings how he wishes he'd stayed a bachelor, just like his old dad...
Wurple Diddle I Doo Song (The Village Band), The (Mart Fryberg, Theo von Donop, Peter Kirsten) Released on the 1968 album 'Cutler Of The West'. One of the few songs where Adge lets the members of The Wurzels sing lead vocals on a verse each. If you hear it you'll know why such songs are few... the words of this song are self explanatory and need no further comment. The tune is an old German melody in 3/4 time (written in 1933) which Adge Cutler added lyrics of his own creation. For some reason Adge is never credited for the lyrics.
Wurzel Rock, The (David) Originally released on 1981 compilation cassette album 'The Wurzels'. Re-recorded for the 2002 CD 'The Wurzels Live'. Also known as 'Wurzellin' Time In Somerset', this little gem surfaced on the HMV Wurzels Collection CD. A typical Wurzels song.
Wurzels In Stereo (Steve Fearn) Released on the 1983 album 'Freshly Cut' and the B side of the 'Wurzel Rap' single in the same year. Interesting tale about the way The Wurzels are getting 'all modern'...
You're Gorgeous (S Jones) Released on the 2002 CD 'Never Mind The Bullocks'. "You're Gorgeous" is a song by British musical project Babybird, released as a commercial single on 30 September 1996. A good fun cover by The Wurzels