Additional information about this The Wombles vinyl art.
The Wombles – The Artist/s
The Wombles were a British novelty pop group, featuring musicians dressed as the characters from children’s TV show of the same name, which in turn was based on the children’s book series by Elisabeth Beresford. Songwriter and record producer Mike Batt wrote and performed many successful albums and singles as ‘The Wombles’ with other collaborators, including the series’ theme tune. British Hit Singles & Albums jokingly referred to them as the “furriest (and possibly the tidiest) act… are natives of Wimbledon Common, London”. The band released several albums and singles. All four studio albums went gold, and four of the singles reached the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart. The Wombles were the most successful act of 1974, with albums in the UK charts for more weeks than any other act.
The Wombling Song – The Song
‘The Wombling Song’ is a song written by Mike Batt as the theme tune for the Children’s TV show The Wombles. It appeared on their first studio album Wombling Songs. The songs were recorded by Mike Batt (vocals) with session musicians Chris Spedding (guitars), Les Hurdle (bass), Clem Cattini (drums), Ray Cooper (percussion), Rex Morris (piano), Eddie Mordue (sax) and Jack Rothstein (violin). The vocals were credited to “the younger Wombles, assisted by Mike Batt”.
The Wombles Logo – The Shape
This record has been modelled into the Wombles ‘W’ logo which was often used on Womble merchandise and was popular on pin badges at the time. The ‘W’ was worn by the band and the TV Characters.
The Wombles is a stop motion animated British television series made in 1973–1975. The Wombles are creatures that live underground, collecting and recycling human rubbish.
After the first Wombles book, published in 1968, was featured on the BBC1 children’s television programme Jackanory, the BBC commissioned producer FilmFair to create a television series of the books. The series was produced by Graham Clutterbuck and directed by Ivor Wood using stop-motion. The characters were all voiced by actor Bernard Cribbins. Sets and model making were by Barry Leith. Two series of 30 five-minute episodes were produced, with the first series airing in 1973, animated by Ivor Wood, and the second in 1975, animated by Barry Leith. The Womble motto is “Make Good Use of Bad Rubbish”. This environmentally-friendly message was a reflection of the growing environmental movement of the 1970s.
Bernard Joseph Cribbins, OBE (born1928) is an English actor, comedian, and singer whose career has spanned over 70 years. During the 1960s, Cribbins became known in the UK for his successful novelty records including “The Hole in the Ground” and “Right Said Fred.
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