Single Of The Week 20/04/98

Single Of The Week is where I review a single I'm particularly enamoured of at the moment. It might be a brand spanking new release, or a classic from decades past that I just feel like going on about.

Remember You're A Womble
The Wombles
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As well as being one of the more kick-ass children's TV series of the mid-1970s, the Wombles were also a surprisingly successful musical outfit. In the space of just two years, they managed to place four singles in the UK Top 10, as well as scoring another two top 20 and top 40 hits respectively. This made them, I am forced to admit, even more successful than the Goodies.

The musical force behind the Wombles was, of course, Mike Batt, who subsequently went on to score the film Watership Down and become involved in the ABBAcadabra stage musical. Nonetheless, I suspect he gets more royalties from his work with the Wombles than anyone else.

This is certainly likely to be the case now that 'Remember You're A Womble' has been re-released, to coincide with a new series of Womble adventures on ITV. 'Remember' was the second-biggest Womble hit of all, beaten out only by the original TV theme tune (which I'm guessing is still being held onto fiercely by the BBC) and hitting #3 during a 16-week chart residency. This new version hasn't quite scaled those heights, but did crack the UK Top Twenty.

Of course, to add to the saleability of the record, a dance version of the song has been included. This is quite cute, and includes the line 'Womble up and see me sometime', but pales next to the out-and-out Suzi Quatro homage that is the original. And I'd forgotten that Madame Cholet was the band's bass player. Here's hoping the ABC picks up the new version.

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