ROLLING DOWN THE ROAD SONG BY SONG - TRACK 2: WIGGLY WOO

I started out playing folk music and one of the things that I’m very used to from that tradition is taking an old song and finding a new way to tell it. I love trying to do that with old children’s songs. Most people know the song ‘There’s a worm at the bottom of the garden, and his name is Wiggly Woo’, but I loved the idea of exploring who Wiggly Woo is, and what he wants from life. In my version, Wiggly travels the globe and gets to see things most people only ever dream of.

The Yamaha VSS-200, released 1988.

The Yamaha VSS-200, released 1988.

I had been listening to the band Tellison a lot round about the time I wrote this song and I think you can hear the influence. I wanted to try and write an indie rock song for children, and I was interested to find out what that would sound like. The final version on the record actually has a bit of a new-wave feel to it. We listened to Kirsty Maccoll’s version of the Billy Bragg song New England a lot when working on this track. The guitar sound and drum sound in particular have that vibe. We also used a lot of fun keyboard sounds from the Yamaha VSS-200, which my parents gave me for Christmas when I was 6. I’ve still got it and it’s such a beautiful little keyboard, capable of some brilliant sounds.

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