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18 Reasons The Wurzels Are The Greatest Band In Human History

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1. They created the entire 'Scrumpy & Western' music genre.

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2. They come from the glorious county of Somerset.

3. They had a number one with "Combine Harvester" in 1976.

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Now the West Country National Anthem.

4. The track used the phrase "I drove my tractor through your haystack last night," which is the clearly the best sex euphemism.

If you're not using it, you're doing it wrong.
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If you're not using it, you're doing it wrong.

5. They followed it up with "I Am A Cider Drinker," which got to Number 3.

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This a very recent performance of it for a London radio station.

6. They've been playing since 1967, giving them a longevity bettered by very few bands.

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Only the Rolling Stones, The Hollies, and Golden Earring can really claim a longer continuous history.

7. They also produced the definitive cover of Oasis's "Don't Look Back In Anger."

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8. Their album artwork is as brilliant as you'd hope.

Tracks include "Chelsea Dagger," "Common People" and "Ruby."
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Tracks include "Chelsea Dagger," "Common People" and "Ruby."

9. They also have a very impressive back catalog.

Stretching back almost 50 years.
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Stretching back almost 50 years.

10. Fans produce many excellent tributes to them.

Ever seen a cake of the Wurzels? No, well here it is. Just one of the incredible cakes at #bigcakeshow in Exeter

Seth Conway@sethconwayitv

Ever seen a cake of the Wurzels? No, well here it is. Just one of the incredible cakes at #bigcakeshow in Exeter

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11. They're also very vocal on important political issues.

12. They do gigs for charity as well.

At 0740 @jonkay01 reports from a Wurzels gig which was raising money for flood victims #r4today

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At 0740 @jonkay01 reports from a Wurzels gig which was raising money for flood victims #r4today

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13. They're still playing to adoring crowds.

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14. Which are still huge.

15. Glastonbury has seen them play on numerous occasions.

This is them playing in 2008.
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This is them playing in 2008.

16. And they're playing this weekend!

Because it wouldn't be a Bank Holiday without the Wurzels. Tickets.
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Because it wouldn't be a Bank Holiday without the Wurzels. Tickets.

17. They're such an incredible band, they even have tribute acts.

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This is The Mangled Wurzels.

18. They should be the greatest band of all time.