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The Wurzels

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Adge Cutler and The Wurzels, renamed The Wurzels after Cutler's death, are a British Scrumpy and Western band, prominent in the 1970s who recorded comic songs in a caricatured Somerset rustic accent.

Their number one hit "Combine Harvester" was a parody of a (slightly) more serious song called "Brand New Key" (by Melanie Safka); likewise, "I am a Cider Drinker" was a parody of the popular song "Una Paloma Blanca". The band also covered "Harvest of Love" by Benny Hill.

In its heyday the band was very popular despite disdain from "serious" critics.

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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