The Wombles, the chart-topping supergroup refuse collectors who had smash hit singles all the way through the 1970s, are back in the recording studios for a reunion recording that promises to eclipse everything else they've done before.
Comprising Orinoco on vocals and piano, Wellington on lead guitar, Tomsk on bass, Bungo on drums, Tobermory on piano and keyboards, Uncle Bulgaria on violin, and Madame Cholet, an unlikely inclusion on saxophone, the Wombles also had four hit albums in the 1970s.
The band, whose hits included 'The Wombling Song', 'Remember You're A Womble', 'Minuetto Allegretto', and 'Wombling Merry Christmas', are currently in the process of committing tracks to tape, and then to vinyl, nobody having notified them of the technological advances made since they were last musically active.
Interval act for the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest - won by Abba with 'Waterloo' - the Wombles, who hail from Wimbledon Common, are easily the shittest novelty act that this writer can remember, though it's true that my memory isn't infallible.
Under the guidance of pioneer environmentalist and former dustman, Mike Batt, the Wombles toured the world extensively, playing venues as far apart as the Plymouth Lido, the Wallsend Odeon, and the Rochdale Working Men's Club, always in front of packed houses.
New songs known to be on the album include 'Womble This, Womble That', 'Everything's Always About Wombles', 'Womble Gang Bang', 'Wibble-Womble', and the Dr. Dre collaboration, 'Don't Fuck With The Wombles'.
The album is called 'Wombling Forever And Ever', and won't be on sale in shops, because I just made it all up.