Up Thy Cider
Adge Cutler & The Wurzels
Date: 2 Dec 1966
- Drink Up They Cider
- Twice Daily (Adge Cutler)
Engineer: Geoff Emerick
first ever single issued by Adge Cutler & The Wurzels,
and the birth of recorded Scrumpy & Western music.
The two sides of the single were taken from the recording
session at the Royal Oak in Adge's home town
of Nailsea in Somerset, from which the first
LP Adge Cutler
& The Wurzels was released. The cuts on
the single are the same as those on the LP.
As well as being the first single by Adge and the Wurzels,
this was their most successful in chart terms, reaching
the UK national Top 50 and peaking at #45
- this was not surpassed until The Wurzels topped the
charts in 1976, by which time Adge had sadly died.
sides of this debut single remain arguably the most
popular songs written and sung by Adge - they are both
still sung as part of The Wurzels' regular act, and
have been performed by many other artists over the years.
It's probably no exaggeration to say that Drink Up
Thy Zider has passed into the folk tradition, and
has become a sort of "national anthem of North
Somerset" (as Adge himself said). A month after
Adge's death, Columbia re-issued
the single (Columbia DB9031).
The timing of Drink Up Thy Zider is given on
the label of the demo copy as 3 min 10 sec, as can be
seen below. No timing was given on the b-side. The labels
of the regular issue copies are pictured top right;
and the labels of the demo version of the release are
photo on the bottom right is of the acetate
of Drink Up Thy Zider. Pctures of the actual
acetate (front and back) are shown at the bottom of
in the original Columbia sleeve
27839 - Front label
27840 - Back label
of the single