Sunday, January 31, 2016
Wellington Womble: Rainmaker
On I promised a Sunday music choice inspired by the great drought of 1976. And here it is.
The other day I was followed on Twitter by Mike Batt, the man behind The Wombles. They were the biggest selling British band of 1974 - and if you look at what else was in the charts that year, you can see why.
By 1976 drugs, Bungo's relationship with a Japanese conceptual artist and the inevitable differences over musical direction had caused the furry creatures to fall out with one another.
The result was that Wellington Womble tried a solo career with a song called Rainmaker. It turns out not be a cover of the Traffic song but a topical song inspired by the drought.
Sadly, it was not a hit.
But the exciting news is that The Wombles are coming back.