Remember You're a Womble

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Remember You're a Womble
Remember You're A Womble (album).jpg
Studio album by The Wombles
Released July 1974
Recorded Wessex Sound Studios, February 1974
Genre Bubblegum pop, classical, surf rock, boogie, country, calypso, glam rock
Label CBS
Producer Mike Batt
The Wombles chronology
Wombling Songs Remember You're A Womble Keep On Wombling

Remember You're a Womble was the second album released by The Wombles. The songs were recorded by Mike Batt (vocals/keyboards) with session musicians Chris Spedding (guitars), Les Hurdle (bass), Clem Cattini (drums), Ray Cooper (percussion), Rex Morris (saxophone), Eddie Mordue (saxophone) and Jack Rothstein (violin).

After the success of the first album, Wombling Songs, Batt experimented with more character-based songs in a variety of musical styles. He described it as "really the first proper album for The Wombles as a group".[1] The styles included pop, rock, classical (the music of "Minuetto Allegretto" was based on Mozart's Symphony No.41) and surf rock in the style of the Beach Boys.

The songs also developed the Womble characters further, for example "Wellington Goes To Waterloo" described Wellington Womble taking a rare day off and visiting London Waterloo station for a bit of train spotting.

This was the first album with a cover showing the full-size Womble costumes, worn by Batt and the session musicians. The album spent 31 weeks in the UK album chart, peaking at number 18 on 13 July 1974.[2]

Original album track listing[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. Remember You're a Womble (Mike Batt, Chris Spedding) (Who could forget?) (3:07)
  2. Minuetto Allegretto (Mike Batt, Chris Spedding) (In which the story is told of Great Uncle Bulgaria's minuetting childhood) (3:33)
  3. Non-Stop Wombling Summer Party (Mike Batt, Chris Spedding, Felicity White) (In which we meet the Surfing Wombles: Los Angeles Burrrow) (4:00)
  4. Wombling in the Rain (Mike Batt, Chris Spedding, Paul Peterson) (In which NOBODY CARES) (3:54)
  5. Womble Burrow Boogie (Mike Batt, Chris Spedding) (In which EVERYBODY BOOGIES)(2:58)

Side Two[edit]

  1. Wellington Goes to Waterloo (Mike Batt, Chris Spedding) (In which young Wellington goes train-spotting) (3:30)
  2. The Return of Cousin Yellowstone (Mike Batt, Chris Spedding, Edward Seymour) (In which Yellowstone returns for one of his visits and the story of his fortune-seeking youth is told) (3:06)*
  3. The Womble Square Dance (Mike Batt, Chris Spedding, Jeremy Glasser) ("You'll square dance the whole night through when Cousin Yellowstone stays with you") (3:12)
  4. Wimbledon Sunset (Interlude) (In which nothing in particular happens) (1:48)
  5. Banana Rock (Mike Batt, Chris Spedding, Edward Seymour) (In which the West Indian Wombles really Rock On!) (3:16)

Music videos were made for all songs except "*".

Bonus Tracks (2014 reissue)[edit]

  1. Minuetto Allegretto (Mike Batt, Chris Spedding) (Shortened version) (2:58)
  2. Bungo's Birthday (Mike Batt, Chris Spedding, Steve Burke) (2:30) (B-side of "Remember You're a Womble")
  3. Die Wombles Sind Im Kommen (German version of "Remember You're a Womble") (3:07)
  4. Recuerda Que Eres Un Womble (Spanish version of "Remember You're a Womble") (3:07)
  5. Ricorda Siamo Wombles (Italian version of "Remember You're a Womble") (3:07)
  6. Mon Coeur Est Malade (French version of "Banana Rock") (3:16)

Cassette track listing[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. Remember You're a Womble (3:08)
  2. Minuetto Allegretto (3:38)
  3. Non-Stop Wombling Summer Party (4:02)
  4. Wombling in the Rain (3:58)
  5. Wimbledon Sunset (1:50)

Side Two[edit]

  1. Wellington Goes to Waterloo (3:36)
  2. The Return of Cousin Yellowstone (3:12)
  3. The Womble Square Dance (3:14)
  4. Banana Rock (3:05)
  5. Womble Burrow Boogie (2:57)

US track listing[edit]

  1. Wombling Summer Party (3:18) (In which we meet the Surfing Wombles: Los Angeles Burrow)
  2. Wimbledon Sunset (1:50) (In which nothing in particular happens)
  3. The Wombling Song (2:26) (Full Version)
  4. Remember You're a Womble (3:07) (Who could forget?)
  5. Exercise is Good for You (2:32) (Laziness Is Not)
  6. Dreaming In the Sun (Orinoco's Song) (4:10) (Orinoco's Song)
  7. Banana Rock (3:05) (In which the West Indian Wombles really rock on!)
  8. Wellington Womble (3:54)
  9. Minuetto Allegretto (3:33) (In Which the story is told of Great Uncle Bulgaria's minuetting childhood)
  10. The Womble Square Dance (3:12) ("You'll Square Dance the Whole Night Through When Cousin Yellowstone Stays With You")
  11. The Return of Cousin Yellowstone (3:08) (In which Yellowstone returns for one of his visits and the story of his fortune seeking youth is told.)

Bonus tracks (1999 remaster)[edit]

  1. Wombling in the Rain (3:57) (In which NOBODY CARES!)
  2. Ricorda Siamo Wombles (3:11)
  3. Wellington Goes to Waterloo (3:36) (In which young Wellington goes train-spotting)

Singles[edit]

Four tracks were released as singles:

  • "Remember You're a Womble"- peaked at No. 3 in UK
  • "Banana Rock" - peaked at No. 9 in UK
  • "Non-Stop Wombling Summer Party" - did not chart in UK, peaked at No. 56 in US
  • "Minuetto Allegretto" - peaked at No. 16 in UK

[3]

"Minuetto Allegretto" was used in the 1977 film Wombling Free.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kim Cooper; David Smay; Jake Austen (2001). Bubblegum Music Is the Naked Truth. Feral House. p. 159. ISBN 0-922915-69-5. 
  2. ^ Neil Warwick; Jon Kutner; Tony Brown (2004). The Complete Book Of The British Charts: Singles and Albums. Omnibus Press. pp. 1203–1204. ISBN 1-84449-058-0. 
  3. ^ [1]