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A countryside playlist with no Wurzels on it?

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: June 18, 2012

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The rural idyll being created for the Olympic opening ceremony will be missing one vital ingredient – cider quaffing Wurzels.

The draft music playlist drawn up by creative director Danny Boyle has just been announced, and features the Sex Pistols’ punk anthem God Save the Queen and the Eton Boating Song, but not the West’s favourite band who epitomise the ‘green and pleasant land’ Boyle seeks to create.

Last week Mr Boyle revealed that the scene will include a version of Glastonbury Tor, topped by an oak tree.

Last night The Wurzels’ manager, Sil Willcox, had a bit of advice for Mr Boyle. He said: “I think as they are taking a countryside theme for the Olympics it would have been very good if we could have been under the tree on the top of the hill, with a pint of tax-free cider in our hands.”

And if the band, who are Glastonbury Festival veterans, cannot be there, then Mr Willcox suggests something else which will forever be a reminder of one of their greatest hits.

“They should definitely have a combine harvester there” he said.

The Sex Pistols’ classic was seen by some as an aggressive and personal assault on the monarchy when it appeared in 1977, the year of the Queen’s silver jubilee.

The Queen will be present at the £27 million opening extravaganza to fulfil her official role of opening the London Games. The ceremony, which takes place on July 27 will be seen by an expected billion TV viewers worldwide.

The draft playlist also includes Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Relax, which was also banned by the BBC when it was released in 1984. Two years ago it was named the third most offensive pop song of all time, behind God Save The Queen.

There are 86 tracks on the provisional list. It also includes Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem and the Dambusters’ March.

It will also showcase some of the artists that have made British pop music famous around the world, including The Beatles, The Who, Queen, David Bowie and Pink Floyd.

Some of the songs will later be released on a compilation album by Universal Music, which has signed a deal to provide music for the Olympics.

An Olympics spokesman said: “We want the ceremony to be a fantastic surprise for the watching world, and we want the British public to be proud of it. “There is endless speculation about the content – much of which is simply guesswork, as we are keeping the show under wraps.”

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  • aurea_flamma  |  June 21 2012, 6:29AM

    Charlespk " ...who use ADHD and dyslexia as their permanent excuse for all their failings." Having a dyslexic cognitive profile brings many benefits to the dyslexic over the non dyslexic which is why if you look at a list of successful dyslexics you will be surprised – They have achieved that success not in spite of being dyslexic,but because they are dyslexic. Dyslexia was first defined in 1887 so its hardly new and certainly applies to your generation also! The problem is that the term dyslexia focuses on the problem with words and ignores the positive qualities where dyslexics exceed the ability of the non dyslexics. Yes there are people in life that will misuse their dyslexia, just as people will misuse a whole range of opportunities for personal benefit – but your suggestion that it is a generational excuse does a great disservice to those of us who are dyslexic and who are getting on with our successful lives. Try some background reading at http://tinyurl.com/d4xdctn I make no excuse for being dyslexic – it is something that defines me as an individual and something that gives me a range of ability that I am proud of! Although I recognise that may be difficult for a non dyslexic to understand!

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  • jezer  |  June 20 2012, 10:52PM

    A good choice

  • Pompeybelle  |  June 20 2012, 10:48PM

    I agree, Jezer. Adge was a one-off - and at least one of his songs should be included. If we're into banned records, how about Twice Daily.

  • jezer  |  June 20 2012, 9:11PM

    I remember the Wurzels when Adge Cutler was in charge. They were good in those days, before they tried to become commercial in the 70's with a few pop tunes.

  • Charlespk  |  June 18 2012, 9:13PM

    The Queen's Jubilee celebrations were something for us all to be really proud of, and the weather demonstrated what 'stuff' the nation is made if. . I just hope this opening ceremony doesn't turn out to be an embarrassment.

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  • joning  |  June 18 2012, 9:01PM

    It isn't a countryside playlist so this story is a complete waste of time. Well done to all involved.

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  • Charlespk  |  June 18 2012, 8:51PM

    Well jezer, if you think Johnny Rotten merits even a mention in an event such as this, you must be part of the generation brought up with the screaming and no discipline who use ADHD and dyslexia as their permanent excuse for all their failings.

  • jezer  |  June 18 2012, 4:57PM

    Wow! The Wurzels, a cutting edge band if there was one. Oh, perhaps not.

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