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The Wombats to record Xmas tune
By Damian Jones
Newsbeat reporter

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The Wombats want to recruit Les Dennis or Paul O'Grady for a festive song

The Wombats have announced plans to release a special Christmas song featuring a TV celebrity from their hometown.

The Liverpool trio are hoping to recruit either former Family Fortunes presenter Les Dennis or comedian Paul O'Grady for the track Is It Christmas?

Drummer Dan Haggis said: "We want to get one of them onboard to do a spoken word intro at the start of the song."

The band are hoping to record the song next month in time for Christmas.

'Anti-Xmas song'

"We were going to record it last Christmas but even though we brought it out of the closet at the live shows, we never got chance to record it properly," Dan explained.

"On the demo version I did the intro but we thought it would be fun to get someone else in especially for the video.

"It's not a traditional Christmas song. It's almost like an anti-Xmas song because lyrically it's about having no money at Christmas time trying to buy presents and family arguments."

Dan described the track, which is likely to be released as a download as a "typical Wombats tune - upbeat and dancey".

We wanted to get Harold (Bishop) on his tuba - that would have been amazing
Dan Haggis
The Wombats drummer
The drummer also said the band are planning to release a one-off single in the New Year, My Circuit Board City, before they head into the studio to record their second album.

"We're playing it on tour at the minute. It's about coming off tour and not really assimilating with normal life easily which is something we all suffer from," he said "It's like coming up from under the sea and feeling disorientated."

Although the band are still to get to work seriously on their second record, Dan said they have a few tracks in the pipeline.

"We've got one called How To Pack Your Bags And Leave and another which is rocking," he explained. "It's got a 90s grungier sound to it. It's more rock than our other stuff, it has got a thick riff."

Recording plans

The Wombats drummer said the band are hoping to release the album by next summer but they have no plans to rush their recording plans.

He added: "We're just going to see what happens. We're not going to go into the studio until we've got the album we want."

The band recently made a cameo appearance in Neighbours for a scene which is set to be screened in the UK in the New Year.

"It's ridiculous. We're playing in Charlie's Bar. We wanted to get Harold (Bishop) on his tuba as well. That would have been amazing.

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Dan said The Wombats want to release a new album next summer
"Every interview we did in Australia we kept saying, 'If Harold's listening get down to Charlie's Bar for a jamming session'. Unfortunately he didn't show up."

The Wombats, who studied at the Liverpool Institute of Contemporary Arts, are due to perform a DJ set in November at a school party alongside Kate Nash as part of a competition organised by MySpace.

He added: "It should be pretty funny when we're doing gigs every night and then suddenly we're in the middle of a school disco back in school. Maybe we should wear school uniforms as well."

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