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Great Wurzels Vinyl Mystery!
by Paul Gunningham
help solve the riddle of the cryptic messages found engraved on
old Wurzels records?
of The Wurzels' 45 rpm 7-inch singles from the 1970s have
been found to contain cryptic messages engraved on the "dead"
space near the runout groove. Can anyone out there explain how these
came to be there, and explain what they're about? If you can, then
please contact us!
/ Possible explanations
Combine Harvester (Brand New Key)
THE JOHN MILES !"
Notes: John Miles was The Wurzels' manager
at the time of this recording (1976). Round about this time,
a different John Miles was enjoying chart success with
records such as Highfly and Music. Maybe the message
is something to do with this - but which one is "the"
A GURT BIG Dollop"
Notes: The old Adge Cutler song When The Common
Market Comes To Stanton Drew includes a mention of "a
girt dollop of spaghetti", but otherwise I can't think
of any obvious meaning for this message. Could there be an Italian
Am A Cider Drinker (Paloma Blanca)
A PANAMA BLANKET!! "
Notes: I assume this is a reference to the song Una
Paloma Blanca on which The Wurzels' hit was based.
Back Of My Old Car
Notes: No idea about this one - who is "Sammy"?
FOR VIC LANZA ! "
Notes: I assume this is a reference to the words of
One for the Morning Glory
Two for the early dew
Three for the man who stands his round,
and Four for the love of you, my girl
Four for the love of you
who is Vic Lanza? Well, Vic was a former
EMI division chief, described
by Music Week as "one of the record industry's most colourful
Lanza headed up EMI Records' MOR music division for nearly
two decades in the 1970s and early 1980s, scoring numerous
successes during that time. Vic died in January
2008 after a long illness, and is buried in West London.
Around The A38
Notes: No idea about this one - who is "Billy"?
Bill's Cowman (I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman)
Notes: No clues about this one at all!
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