The Wombles will be going head to head with The X Factor for this year’s Christmas number one, as well as releasing a new greatest hits album.
The W Factor, a remastered 20-track compilation album, will be out on 28 November, with Wombling Merry Christmas released as a single on 12 December.
Mike Batt has also confirmed on Twitter that there will be a brand new promo video for Wombling Merry Christmas. And the band’s PR company promises: “The Wombles will be out and about in the run-up to Christmas enjoying their overdue renaissance and the season of goodwill.”
Uncle Bulgaria said: “I don’t watch much television myself – I leave that to the young Wombles – but I hear The X Factor is jolly popular. However, W comes before X. Let’s see what people think of The W Factor! It should appeal to the common people.”
He added: “We wish everyone a wombling merry Christmas.”
Wombling Merry Christmas reached number two in 1974, spending eight weeks in the charts.
The Christmas campaign follows The Wombles’ successful live ‘comeback’ performance at Glastonbury – which made headlines thanks to Michael Eavis’s comments – and the release of the original albums on CD and download for the first time in June.
The tracklisting for The W Factor is:
- Remember You’re A Womble
- The Wombling Song
- Invitation To The Ping Pong Ball
- Wipe Those Womble Tears From Your Eyes
- Wombling White Tie And Tails
- Wombling In The Rain
- The Orinoco Kid
- Exercise Is Good For You
- Wellington Goes To Waterloo
- To Wimbledon With Love
- The Womble Shuffle
- Minuetto Allegretto
- Down At The Barber Shop
- Nashville Wombles
- Banana Rock
- Madame Cholet
- Bungo’s Birthday
- Wombling Merry Christmas
Update: The album is now available to order from Amazon, Play.com and HMV for £6.99 or less. You can also download the album for £4.99 from iTunes or Amazon. The release date has been moved back a week, to 28 November rather than 21 November.
Update: The music video for Wombling Merry Christmas was launched on 11 November, exclusively on the Digital Spy website. It features The W Factor’s ‘Jedward Wombles’ and ‘Simon Cowell Womble’ along with the Wombles band in their Christmas outfits. You can watch the video below.