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Adge Cutler and the Wurzels, renamed The Wurzels after Cutler’s death, are a British Scrumpy and Western band.
The band is best known for its 1976 number one hit The Combine Harvester but has a history stretching nearly 40 years, and still performs to this day.
In its heyday the band was very popular despite disdain from “serious” critics.
The band recently released a new single “One for the Bristol City” and were the centre of a campaign to get it into the charts for September 30th 2007. The band also appeared with members of the Bristol City team to sign any singles bought from Virgin Megastores in the Mall Galleries in Bristol on Thursday the 27th September 2007.

The name of the band came from the fodder beet Mangelwurzel. As can be determined from the subject matter of many of their songs, cider is very popular amongst Wurzels and their fans. Their particular “genre” of music has been named “Scrumpy And Western” (scrumpy is a name given to traditional cider).

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Adge Cutler and The Wurzels

The Wurzels were formed in 1966 as a backing group for singer/songwriter Adge Cutler.

With a thick Somerset accent, Adge played on his West Country roots, singing many folk songs with local themes such as cider making (and drinking), farming, local villages and industrial work songs, often with a comic slant.

During the 1960s, the band became immensely popular regionally, and the release of the single Drink Up Thy Zider led to national fame and number 45 in the UK charts.

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  • HimitsuUK

    lulz

    9 May 2013 Reply
  • NewCrossInn

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    18 Oct 2012 Reply
  • TheCults

    ohhh yeah!

    8 Oct 2012 Reply
  • d0l

    well oi've got a brand new combine 'arvesturr.

    8 Apr 2012 Reply
  • SilentMG

    These guys made my day!

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Tombo60

    Waiting for their 2012 gig list, really want to see these!

    11 Jan 2012 Reply
  • kingbrockie

    I don't think it's right that Lastfm have (once again) tried combined Adge Cutler & The Wurzels and The Wurzels together as artists. The Adge Cutler era is a separate band/entity in my opinion (read the history) - it's very similar to Joy Division and New Order - Lastfm would never combine these two artist profiles now would they?! This is now the second time this has happened. I listen to Adge Cutler & The Wurzels far more often that I listen to The Wurzels and I would prefer that this is shown in my stats and not a distorted view of 2 separate band's scrobbles combined.

    17 Aug 2011 Reply
  • ladyowar08

    Love the cover of Ruby... I can never listen to the original without going "oo-ar oo-ar oo-arrr" now :D

    2 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Deathcoach

    Let cider be the spice of life!

    17 Jun 2011 Reply
  • ShockSlogans

    The Wurzel's cover of Don't Look Back in Anger is far superior to the original. Although I accept that's damning with faint praise. A room full of monkeys would suck less than Oasis.

    13 May 2011 Reply
  • Shipdudno

    i am a ciderr drinkerr .... proper lke

    15 Apr 2011 Reply
  • kingbrockie

    I don't think it's right that Lastfm have combined Adge Cutler & The Wurzels and The Wurzels together as artists. The Adge Cutler era is a separate entity in my opinion - it's very similar to Joy Division and New Order - Lastfm would never combine these two artist profiles now would they?!

    13 Mar 2011 Reply
  • topl

    ooohhh arrr oooooh aarrrr I wanna be a big Rockstar!!!!

    3 Oct 2010 Reply
  • negation_state

    It's a propurr disskrayce

    2 Sep 2010 Reply
  • paperwerewolf

    Scrumpy & Western :-)

    4 Jun 2010 Reply
  • HospitalOfDeath

    Campaign against 10% tax on cider! http://www.facebook.com/photoselect.php?oid=103224999716573#!/group.php?gid=103224999716573&ref=mf

    25 Mar 2010 Reply
  • fblades

    Proper stuff!

    17 Nov 2009 Reply
  • kinggynn

    Liverpool John Moores Rugby Club thanks you!

    17 Mar 2009 Reply
  • ricodjs

    Long live the soul of the West - get ee ciders in boy!!

    7 Feb 2009 Reply
  • gryfynn

    Wooooo! I'm going to see the Wurzels on the 17th december, first thing I'm doing when I get into the UK in fact!

    23 Oct 2008 Reply
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