ONE of the biggest pop success stories of the last 20 years is set to storm the charts again after Alvin agreed to rejoin the Chipmunks.
The group, who scored a string of hits in the 1990s with 14 different versions of The Chipmunk Song, are already planning a stadium tour and a new album containing at least 12 brand new versions of The Chipmunk Song.
The Chipmunks were one of the biggest acts of the 1990s, regularly swapping places at the top of the charts with all-female chipmunk group The Chipettes and their great Irish rivals, the Smurfs.
But the group was torn apart by a series off violent rows between Alvin and glutinous songwriter Theodore. When Alvin demanded changing the name from The Chipmunks to Alvin and the Chipmunks, Theodore stormed out of the meeting and vowed to become gigantically fat.
Alvin, meanwhile, racked up a series of solo hits while fighting his own battles with processed cheese and home-made chipmunk vodka.
But talk of a reunion has been rife since Theodore and Simon launched a successful comeback in 2005 with a slightly different version of The Chipmunk Song.
Alvin said last night: “I get embarrassingly excited when the three of us are in a room. It feels like coming home. And I’m really looking forward to performing with Theodore, especially now he’s lost some of that weight.”
Theodore added: “It’ll be amazing to get up on stage with Alvin again and perform my songs in a way that does not give undue attention to any one member of the group. It’s a dream come true that Alvin’s lawyers have finally accepted that.”
Meanwhile Simon, the tiniest of the Chipmunks, will be glad to be focusing on the music again after it emerged he had cheated on his wife with a box full of gerbils.
Alvin and the Chipmunks were inspired by the success of Chip and Dale, the godfathers of Chipmunk pop who stormed the charts in the early 1980s.
Chip went onto a successful solo career and was arrested in a gentlemen’s lavatory in Los Angeles, while Dale is now the assistant manager of the second largest Costa Coffee in Truro.