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|Wurzels Told to Leave Harvester at Home
- Westminster Council ban pop veterans from streets of London
POP bumpkins The Wurzels want to mow through the streets of London on a combine harvester in celebration of their return to the pop fray - but have been banned from doing so by Westminster Council.
The band planned to drive through London on their renowned method of transport to launch the release of the remix of their 1975 hit I've Got A Combine Harvester.
But Westminster Council took issue, fearing that the slow-moving machine would cause traffic chaos, and The Wurzels - more than a little scythed off - then had to make do with a black cab. "This would never have happened in Somerset but we appreciate that the traffic is a bit busier on the M25 than we're used to," said lead singer Pete Budd.
The Wurzels dug up their 25-year-old No.1 hit in order to help farmers affected by the foot-and-mouth crisis. Record Company giant EMI have agreed to give 50p to the National Farmers Union's Helping Farmers In Crisis Fund for every single sold.
Banjo-playing Budd described the re-mix as slightly cider-delic. "People talk about garage music but this dance song is more cowshed music," he said.