A countryside playlist with no Wurzels on it?
The rural idyll being created for the Olympic opening ceremony will be missing one vital ingredient – cider quaffing Wurzels.
The draft music playlist drawn up by creative director Danny Boyle has just been announced, and features the Sex Pistols’ punk anthem God Save the Queen and the Eton Boating Song, but not the West’s favourite band who epitomise the ‘green and pleasant land’ Boyle seeks to create.
Last week Mr Boyle revealed that the scene will include a version of Glastonbury Tor, topped by an oak tree.
Last night The Wurzels’ manager, Sil Willcox, had a bit of advice for Mr Boyle. He said: “I think as they are taking a countryside theme for the Olympics it would have been very good if we could have been under the tree on the top of the hill, with a pint of tax-free cider in our hands.”
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And if the band, who are Glastonbury Festival veterans, cannot be there, then Mr Willcox suggests something else which will forever be a reminder of one of their greatest hits.
“They should definitely have a combine harvester there” he said.
The Sex Pistols’ classic was seen by some as an aggressive and personal assault on the monarchy when it appeared in 1977, the year of the Queen’s silver jubilee.
The Queen will be present at the £27 million opening extravaganza to fulfil her official role of opening the London Games. The ceremony, which takes place on July 27 will be seen by an expected billion TV viewers worldwide.
The draft playlist also includes Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Relax, which was also banned by the BBC when it was released in 1984. Two years ago it was named the third most offensive pop song of all time, behind God Save The Queen.
There are 86 tracks on the provisional list. It also includes Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem and the Dambusters’ March.
It will also showcase some of the artists that have made British pop music famous around the world, including The Beatles, The Who, Queen, David Bowie and Pink Floyd.
Some of the songs will later be released on a compilation album by Universal Music, which has signed a deal to provide music for the Olympics.
An Olympics spokesman said: “We want the ceremony to be a fantastic surprise for the watching world, and we want the British public to be proud of it. “There is endless speculation about the content – much of which is simply guesswork, as we are keeping the show under wraps.”