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Encyclopedia > The Wedding Present
The Wedding Present

Background information
Origin Leeds, England
Genre(s) Rock, Indie rock
Years active 1985–present
Label(s) Reception, RCA, Island, Cooking Vinyl, Scopitones
Website Official site
Members
David Gedge
Chris McConville
Terry de Castro
Graeme Ramsay
Former members
Peter Solowka
Keith Gregory
Shaun Charman
Simon Smith
Paul Dorrington
Darren Belk
Jayne Lockey
Kari Paavola
Simon Cleave
Simon Pearson

The Wedding Present is a rock group based in Leeds, England, that was formed in 1985 from the ashes of the Lost Pandas. Their music has evolved from fast-paced indie rock in the vein of their most obvious influences The Fall, Buzzcocks and Gang of Four, to more varied forms. Image File history File links TWP.jpg Summary Press release photo of The Wedding Present by Tim Middlewick. ... Leeds is a major city in West Yorkshire, England. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ... Cooking Vinyl is a UK-based independent record company, founded in 1986. ... Scopitone was a trendy invention of the 1960s, a jukebox with a 16 mm film component, the forgotten forerunner of music video. ... David Lewis Gedge (born on 23 April 1960 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England) is an English musician and song writer. ... Peter Solowka (born in Leeds of Ukrainian descent) was guitarist with the Wedding Present from its inception until 1991 after the recording of the Seamonsters album. ... Simon Smith has been the drummer with several British Indie rock bands, most notably The Wedding Present from Leeds. ... Paul Dorrington joined Sheffield group AC Temple in 1987 and recorded Rorschach Blot Test, a live compilation record featuring The Dustdevils and Kilgore Trout. ... Rock band (or rock group) is a generic name to describe a group of musicians specializing in a particular form of electronically amplified music. ... Leeds is a major city in West Yorkshire, England. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area... See also: other events of 1985 Musical groups established in 1985 Record labels established in 1985 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... The Fall are a British rock music group, formed in Manchester in 1976, and named after Albert Camuss novel. ... Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band formed in Leigh, Manchester in 1975[1], led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Pete Shelley for nearly their entire existence. ... Gang of Four is an English post-punk group from Leeds. ...

Contents

History

Early stages and the Reception era (1985-1989)

The Lost Pandas fell apart in 1984 when singer David Gedge's then girlfriend Janet Rigby, the drummer for the band, left him for guitarist Michael Duane. Gedge and the Pandas' bass player, Keith Gregory, decided to continue the band, renaming it The Wedding Present. 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... David Lewis Gedge (born on 23 April 1960 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England) is an English musician and song writer. ...


Gedge had wanted to use the name "The Wedding Present" for some time, but had been afraid of the perceived similarity with the name of one of his favourite bands, The Birthday Party. By the time the Lost Pandas broke up, however, The Birthday Party had also split up, and Gedge felt free to name his new band The Wedding Present. The Birthday Party was an Australian post punk rock group, active from 1977 to 1983. ...

I’ve always thought that The Wedding Present was an inappropriate name for a pop group — more like a poem, or a book or something — and therefore quite attractive (to me!). I’ve also always been fascinated by weddings...[1]

Gedge and Gregory recruited an old schoolmate of Gedge's, Peter Solowka, to play guitar and auditioned a string of drummers, including John Ramsden, and Mike Bedford, with whom they recorded a demo tape, before settling on Shaun Charman. The country's clubs and bars were toured as the band prepared for the recording of their first, self-financed single. A name is a label for a human, thing, place, product (as in a brand name) and even an idea or concept, normally used to distinguish one from another. ... For popular music (music produced commercially rather than art or folk music), see Popular music. ... In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... Poetry (ancient Greek: poieo = create) is an art form in which human language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or instead of, its notional and semantic content. ... A chained book in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University A book is a set or collection of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of paper, parchment, or other material, usually fastened together to hinge at one side, and within protective covers. ... Nuptial is the adjective of wedding. It is used for example in zoology to denote plumage, coloration, behavior, etc related to or occurring in the mating season. ... Peter Solowka (born in Leeds of Ukrainian descent) was guitarist with the Wedding Present from its inception until 1991 after the recording of the Seamonsters album. ... Track Listing Submerged -3:09 Subway -1:57 Waiting For Susan -3:03 One Times One Times One -4:25 To Be Free Please -4:02 Handsome Musician -3:32 Fair Weather -3:06 North Main Street -3:31 AIDS -3:26 Your House -2:34 ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ...


After some consideration, "Go Out and Get ’Em, Boy!" was chosen over early favourite "Will You Be Up There?". Charman felt somewhat insecure about his drumming abilities and so the A-side features drumming by hired hand Julian Sowa (Charman does, however, play drums on its B-side). The single was released on the band's own Reception Records label with distribution through Red Rhino and received one of the most glowing reviews ever in the pages of the New Musical Express, generating enormous excitement about the band in (what seemed like) the weeks between the review's publication and the appearance of the record in the shops. A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ...


The review in question hinted that the Wedding Present had taken rock to a new dimension and certainly the single and subsequent singles contained some of the fastest rhythm guitar playing ever recorded. This made the group one of the biggest draws on the indie live circuit as people attended out of curiousity to see if the band could play as fast live as they did on record (they could).


Two more singles followed that did well on the independent charts and the band was spotted by veteran BBC radio DJ John Peel, who immediately started championing them and invited them to do a radio session (three songs from the session are included on the 1988 compilation Tommy 1985-1987; the entire session had already been released as an EP in 1986), starting a long collaboration. The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion (US$7. ... DJ or dj may stand for Disc jockey, dinner jacket The DeadJournal website, or Djibouti. ... “Peel Sessions” redirects here. ... See also: other events of 1988 Musical groups established in 1988 Record labels established in 1988 list of years in music 1980s in music // Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra. ... A compilation album is an album (music or spoken-word) featuring tracks from one or multiple recording artists, often culled from a variety of sources (such as studio albums, live albums, singles, demos and outtakes. ... Extended play (EP) is the name typically given to vinyl records or CDs which contain more than one single, but are too short to qualify as albums. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1986 Record labels established in 1986 1980s in music // January 23 - The first induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley) February 11 - Culture Club...


By the time the band started work on their debut album, a number of independent and major record companies showed interest, but the band declined all offers and decided to keep releasing their material themselves. The album was released in 1987 and titled George Best after the well-known Northern Irish football player. Disagreement on production values with the record's producer, Chris Allison, led to the product being remixed by the band and their engineer, Steve Lyon. The larger part of these conflicts seemed to lie with the personal and musical incompatibility of Allison and Charman. The record industry (or recording industry) is the industry that manufactures and distributes mechanical recordings of music. ... See also: 1986 in music, other events of 1987, 1988 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // January 3 - Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... George Best is the debut album by The Wedding Present. ... Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ... Football (soccer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... For the 1987 album by The Wedding Present, see George Best (album). ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Audio engineering is the branch of engineering dealing with the production of sound through mechanical means. ...


Upon its release, the album was critically acclaimed and the band were soon lumped in with some of their peers as the 'shambling' or C86 scene, a categorisation that they vehemently declined (although they were featured on the original C86 compilation). Musically, the album featured fast-paced rhythm guitar attacks; lyrically, apart from a few tentative excursions into social critique ("All This and More") and politics ("All About Eve"), Gedge's main concerns (which would become his trademark) were love, lust, heartbreak and revenge. Soon after the release of George Best, the early singles and radio sessions were compiled and released as Tommy (1985-1987). C86 is the name of a celebrated cassette compilation released by the British music magazine New Musical Express (NME) in 1986, featuring new bands licenced from independent labels of the time. ... Rhythm guitar is a guitar that is primarily used to provide rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment for a singer or for other instruments in an ensemble. ... Politics is the process by which groups make decisions. ... Love is any of a number of emotions and experiences related to a sense of strong affection or profound oneness. ... See also Lust (onomastics) for other uses Lust is any intense desire or craving for self gratification. ... Broken Heart A condition that may result in illness. ... Guðrún agitates her sons, Hamðir and Sörli, to avenge their sister. ... Tommy (1985–1987) is a compilation by The Wedding Present gathering their first four singles, their B-sides and selected tracks from two early radio sessions. ...


When Solowka, who has Ukrainian roots, started fooling around with a Ukrainian folk tune during one of their many Peel sessions, the idea arose to devote some of their radio time to recording their versions of Ukrainian and Russian folk song, encouraged by Peel. To this end, two guest musicians were invited, singer/violin player Len Liggins and mandolin player Roman Remeynes, and three Peel sessions were recorded with Gedge temporarily limiting himself to playing rhythm guitar and arranging the songs. “Folk song” redirects here. ... Harry Belafonte singing, photograph by C. van Vechten Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ... The violin is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. ... A mandolin is a small, stringed musical instrument which is plucked, strummed or a combination of both. ... Rhythm guitar is a guitar that is primarily used to provide rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment for a singer or for other instruments in an ensemble. ...


Between the recording of the first and the second 'Ukrainian' session, Charman was fired from the band. It is said that musical and socio-political differences between Charman and the rest of the band were to blame. His replacement was Simon Smith, who remained the band's drummer until 1997 and for a long time was, next to Gedge, the only other stable factor in the shifting line-ups. Simon Smith has been the drummer with several British Indie rock bands, most notably The Wedding Present from Leeds. ... A drummer in Action A drummer is a person who plays the drums, particularly the drum kit, marching percussion, or hand drums. ... See also: 1996 in music, other events of 1997, 1998 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 9 - David Bowie performs his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, with guests Frank Black, The Foo Fighters, Sonic...


The band planned on releasing eight cuts from the Ukrainian sessions on a 10" LP and an initial batch was pressed when Red Rhino went into receivership. Rather than trying to find a new distribution company, the band decided to fold their Reception label altogether and sign with a regular record company: RCA. A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ... Bankruptcy is a legally declared inability or impairment of ability of an individual or organization to pay their creditors. ... The record industry (or recording industry) is the industry that manufactures and distributes mechanical recordings of music. ... RCAs logo as seen today on many products. ...


The RCA era (1989-1993)

Although the band were criticized by some quarters for 'selling out', the terms of their contract were revolutionary (for a major label recording contract). They were allowed their own choice of producer and singles and could even release singles independently without breach of contract, should RCA find the songs uncommercial (this never happened). Selling out is a common slang phrase. ...


The band's new record company bought the initial Reception stock of the Ukrainian record from the band, pressed another batch, and finally released the record in April 1989 under the unwieldy name of Українські Виступи в Івана Піла (meaning 'Ukrainian John Peel Sessions'; the Latin transliteration Ukraïnski Vistupi v Ivana Peela appeared on the sleeve's spine only). See also: 1989 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1989 Record labels established in 1989 other events of 1989 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 7 - Genesis 88 and Sunrise/Back to the Future stage large-scale illegal Acid House party in London January 14 - Paul... Українські Виступи в Івана Піла (also known by its Latin transliteration Ukraïnski Vistupi v Johna Peela) is a compilation album by The Wedding Present, originally gathering their first three Ukrainian language John Peel radio sessions. ... The Latin alphabet, also called the Roman alphabet, is the most widely used alphabetic writing system in the world today. ... Transliteration is the practice of transcribing a word or text written in one writing system into another writing system. ...


The first proper album that The Wedding Present recorded for their new label was released in the same year 1989 and reunited them with Allison. Bizarro’s lyrical themes were largely the same as before (although they showed that Gedge had grown as a lyricist) and the songs featured the same three-chord structures, but its production was beefier (no doubt thanks to a better recording budget) and many of the songs featured Velvet Underground-like extended codas. The album's companion single, "Kennedy", provided the band with their first British Top 40 hit. See also: 1989 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1989 Record labels established in 1989 other events of 1989 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 7 - Genesis 88 and Sunrise/Back to the Future stage large-scale illegal Acid House party in London January 14 - Paul... Bizarro is the second studio album by The Wedding Present. ... A three-chord song is a song whose music is built around three chords that are played in a certain sequence. ... This article is about the American rock band. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ...


Seeing that they were growing ever more popular in the American college radio scene, the band turned towards America for their next project. Instead of taking another single off the album, the band decide to re-record Bizarro track "Brassneck" with an engineer whose work they admired, the former Big Black frontman Steve Albini. It was the start of a two-year collaboration: the next single, "Corduroy" (officially just one of three tracks on the Three Songs EP) and album, Seamonsters, were also recorded by Albini at Pachyderm Recording Studio in Cannon Falls, MN. In the USA, college rock was a term used to describe 1980s alternative rock before the term alternative came into common usage. ... An Audio Engineer is a person recording, editing, manipulating, mixing and mastering sound by technical means. ... Big Black was a rock band founded in Chicago, Illinois and active between 1982 and 1987. ... Steve Albini (born July 22, 1962, Pasadena, California) is an influential singer, songwriter, guitarist, audio engineer and music journalist. ... Extended play (EP) is the name typically given to vinyl records or CDs which contain more than one single, but are too short to qualify as albums. ... Seamonsters is the third studio album by Leeds, England group The Wedding Present. ... The Pachyderm Recording Studio, located in rural Cannon Falls, Minnesota southeast of the Twin Cities, is one of the most famous recording studios in Minnesota, perhaps second after Princes Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis. ...


Seamonsters saw the band take both their music and lyrical themes to extremes and actually was just about a year ahead of its time. Had it been released in early 1992 instead of early 1991, its grunge-like intensity and Albini cred could have made it a huge smash. As it was, listening to the record was likened by Melody Maker to sandpapering your ears. Fans thought differently and polls invariably showed the opening track and lead single of the album, "Dalliance", at the top of the favourites list. See also: 1992 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1992 Record labels established in 1992 other events of 1992 list of years in music 1990s in music // 1992 was a pivotal year in the development of music. ... See also: 1991 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1991 Record labels established in 1991 other events of 1991 list of years in music 1990s in music // 1991 was the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough. ... Grunge music (sometimes also referred to as the Seattle Sound) is an independent-rooted music genre that became a commercially successful offshoot of hardcore punk, thrash metal, and alternative rock in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... Credibility is the believability of a statement, action, or source, and the ability of the observer to believe the above. ... Melody Maker, published in the United Kingdom, was (until its closure) the worlds oldest weekly music newspaper. ... sheets of sandpaper Sandpaper is a form of paper where an abrasive material has been fixed to its surface; it is part of the coated abrasives family of abrasive products. ...


Almost directly after recording the album, the band announced that they had sacked Solowka. His replacement was Paul Dorrington of local band, A.C. Temple. Solowka teamed up again with Liggins and Remeynes to form the Ukrainians. Paul Dorrington joined Sheffield group AC Temple in 1987 and recorded Rorschach Blot Test, a live compilation record featuring The Dustdevils and Kilgore Trout. ...


The next year saw the band testing the extent of their contractual liberties (and the record company's patience) when they announced their scheme to release twelve (12) 7" singles in one year. The general music press once again praised the band's PR/marketing shrewdness and in the record sales press, serious articles appeared that outlined how the band's singles (which were limited to 10,000 copies that almost always sold out within the week of release) showed the decline and general worthlessness of the modern pop chart. Previously, record companies were deliberately vague about singles sales to cover up sales decline, but the band showed that they were able to score a Top 10 hit with just 10,000 sales ("Come Play with Me", #10 in May — in fact less than 10,000 sales since the record managed a second week at #65). It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Music critic. ... Public relations (PR): Building sustainable relations with all publics in order to create a postive brand image. ...


All the other singles reached the Top 30 as well and The Wedding Present equalled Elvis Presley's age-old record for most Top 30 hits in one year. To economise on songwriting, the B-sides consisted of cover versions of songs proposed by all band members and saw Gedge wrapping his tonsils around such unlikely songs as Julee Cruise's "Falling" (the theme tune from Twin Peaks). The singles and their B-sides, which were produced by such luminaries as Ian Broudie (Lightning Seeds) and Jimmy Miller (The Rolling Stones) were collected on two albums, appropriately called Hit Parade 1 and Hit Parade 2. Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ... The tonsils are areas of lymphoid tissue on either side of the throat. ... Julee Cruise (born 1 December 1956, in Creston, Iowa) is an American dream pop singer, and actress, best known for the lead vocal on Falling, the theme for the cult television series Twin Peaks. ... Twin Peaks was an American Emmy Award-nominated, Peabody and Golden Globe-winning serial drama created by David Lynch and Mark Frost, which first aired in the United States on April 8, 1990 and ended on June 10, 1991. ... Ian Broudie (born August 4, 1958 in Liverpool, England) is a prolific musician and producer, best known for his 1990s band the Lightning Seeds. ... The Lightning Seeds are an alternative pop band, largely the brainchild of writer, singer and guitarist Ian Broudie (born August 4, 1958, Liverpool, England). ... Jimmy Miller (1944-1994) was a Brooklyn-born record producer who produced albums for The Spencer Davis Group (in fact, he co-wrote the song Gimme Some Lovin with Steve Winwood), Traffic , Blind Faith, Bobby Whitlock and The Rolling Stones (all albums from Beggars Banquet to Goats Head Soup), New... “Rolling Stones” redirects here. ... In 1992 The Wedding Present decided to release a limited edition single every month, each featuring an original track on the A side and a cover on the B side. ... In 1992 The Wedding Present decided to release a limited edition single every month, each featuring an original track on the A side and a cover version on the B side. ...


Seamonsters, Hit Parade 1 and Hit Parade 2 were released in the United States in 1991 and 1992 by New York based pseudo-indie label First Warning Records. Seamonsters is the third studio album by Leeds, England group The Wedding Present. ... In 1992 The Wedding Present decided to release a limited edition single every month, each featuring an original track on the A side and a cover on the B side. ... In 1992 The Wedding Present decided to release a limited edition single every month, each featuring an original track on the A side and a cover version on the B side. ... See also: 1991 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1991 Record labels established in 1991 other events of 1991 list of years in music 1990s in music // 1991 was the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough. ... See also: 1992 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1992 Record labels established in 1992 other events of 1992 list of years in music 1990s in music // 1992 was a pivotal year in the development of music. ... NY redirects here. ...


Shortly after the 1992 singles scheme had ended, the band announced that contract renewal negotiations with RCA were going nowhere and that they were leaving the label.


The Island intermezzo (1994-1995)

The band spent most of 1993 taking time off, occasionally playing gigs. A stopgap compilation of three more archive radio sessions, Peel Sessions 1987-1990, was released by Strange Fruit. When they re-emerged in early 1994 with the news that they had signed to Island Records, it was quickly followed by the announcement that Gregory had left the band due to lack of enthusiasm. He was replaced by long-standing fan Darren Belk. 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Strange Fruit Records is an independent record label in the United Kingdom. ... See also: 1994 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1994 Record labels established in 1994 other events of 1994 list of years in music 1990s in music // January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of Los... Island Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group and is operated through The Island Def Jam Music Group. ...


For their next album, The Wedding Present again left for the States and another well-known underground producer was enlisted: Steve Fisk (Screaming Trees, Nirvana). The result was their most accessible record to date, the brilliantly poppy yet resolutely alternative Watusi. The album's songs ranged from warm lo-fi pop ("Gazebo", "Big Rat") to semi-psychedelic, Velvets-like workouts ("Click Click", "Catwoman"). Lack of promotional muscle and perhaps the band's stubborn refusal to play the media game prevented this album, which could and perhaps should have been their breakthrough to the general public, from becoming a smash. Steve Fisk is a Washington-based audio engineer, record producer and musician. ... Screaming Trees was a musical group considered part of the grunge music movement of the early 1990s. ... Nirvana was an American rock band originating from Aberdeen, Washington. ... Psychedelia in music (or also psychedelic music, less formally) is a term that refers to a broad set of popular music styles, genres and scenes, that may include psychedelic rock, psychedelic folk, psychedelic pop, psychedelic soul, psychedelic ambient, psychedelic trance, psychedelic techno, and others. ... The Velvet Underground and Nico (from left to right: John Cale, Nico, Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, and Maureen Tucker) The Velvet Underground (Affectionately known as The Velvets, or V.U. for short) was an American rock and roll band of the late 1960s. ...


No further albums were recorded for Island, and the best part of 1995 was spent the same way as 1993: touring, writing new material, no recording. Paul Dorrington decided to quit the band; no replacement was made as Belk moved up from bass to guitar. In the autumn of 1995, The Wedding Present released "Sucker", a self-financed, no-label single that was sold at their gigs only (it has since been included on the international editions of their next album). Shortly after, the band signed with independent label Cooking Vinyl. See also: 1995 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1995 Record labels established in 1995 other events of 1995 list of years in music 1990s in music // January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ... Autumn (also known as fall in North American English) is one of the four temperate seasons, the transition from summer into winter. ... Cooking Vinyl is a UK-based independent record company, founded in 1986. ...


The Cooking Vinyl era (1995-1997/99)

The band, still a three-piece, wasted no time recording their newly written material and issued the car-themed six-track mini-album called, of course, Mini (UK 1st Limited press, US and European editions, called Mini Plus, added the "Sucker" single and B-sides). The songs showed diversity in sound (both the lighter, Watusi-like style and the heavier, Seamonsters noise aspects were present) and deftness in wrapping Gedge's usual loved-and-lost interests around the automobile-inspired theme. Car redirects here. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ...


Belk played both guitar and bass on the songs but struggled at the lead instrument. Shortly after releasing the album, Jayne Lockey, who had already sung backing vocals on Mini, was announced as the band's new bass player. Feeling trapped in his unhappy role as guitarist and unable to step back down to bass, Belk decided to quit the band. He was replaced by The Wedding Present's current guitar player, Simon Cleave.


The band had still a wealth of material lying around from their sabbatical year, songs that did not fit the Mini format, and so they immediately went into the studio again to record Saturnalia, which was released within the year from Mini. The album, like Mini diverse in style and showing a versatile, tight band at the height of its powers, was widely praised in the music press.


Unfortunately, it also proved to be the last new material by The Wedding Present for a long time. After playing a number of gigs to support the album, the last one in Liverpool on January 18, 1997, the band took a long sabbatical. Liverpool skyline. ... January 18 is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Suspended animation (1997-2004)

To fulfill contractual obligations, two more compilations were released by Cooking Vinyl: another Peel sessions volume, John Peel Sessions 1992-1995 (1998), and Singles 1995-1997 (1999), a package that for some reason included the entire Mini album but also offered some b-sides. Additionally, Strange Fruit offered another radio sessions compilation, Evening Sessions 1986-1994 (1997), and the band's American label released Singles 1989-1991 (1999), 2CD package, which added rarities and live track from 1990 era. But apart from these, things remained quiet in the Wedding Present camp. David Gedge recorded an album called Va Va Voom in 1998 under the Cinerama band name with his girlfriend, Sally Murrell, and some session musicians. The project blossomed into a full-time new band. See also: 1998 in music (UK) other events of 1998 Musical groups established in 1998 Record labels established in 1998 list of years in music 1990s in music // February 15 - Sir Edward Elgars unfinished third symphony, completed by Anthony Payne is performed for the first time at the Royal... See also: 1999 in music (UK) other events of 1999 Musical groups established in 1999 Record labels established in 1999 list of years in music 1990s in music // January 7 After eight years of marriage, Rod Stewart and supermodel wife Rachel Hunter announce their separation. ... See also: 1996 in music, other events of 1997, 1998 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 9 - David Bowie performs his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, with guests Frank Black, The Foo Fighters, Sonic... Cinerama is a UK indie pop band, headed up by David Gedge, whos also the frontman for The Wedding Present. ...


In recent years, Gedge expressed interest in reviving The Wedding Present, but Smith and Lockey apparently were not terribly interested. Cleave was, and joined Cinerama. The latter started to regularly play Wedding Present songs at their concerts.


Resurrection (2004-present time)

News came in early September 2004 that Cinerama would be rebranded as The Wedding Present. The line-up was to be the same as the last line-up of Cinerama. The first new single, "Interstate 5", was issued on November 15, 2004, to lead off the new album, Take Fountain, which was released on February 14, 2005. A second single, "I'm From Further North Than You" was released in January 31, 2005. Due to fan pressure, third and final single "Ringway To SeaTac" was given a limited, non-promoted release in October 2005. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Take Fountain was released 14 February 2005 on Scopitones Records. ...


All singles, their B-sides & specially recorded acoustic versions from this period were compiled on the 2006 compilation "Search For Paradise". The release came with a DVD compiling the videos for "Don't Touch That Dial" (a Cinerama single re-recorded for Take Fountain), "Interstate 5", "I'm From Further North Than You", "Ringway To SeaTac" + others. Take Fountain was released 14 February 2005 on Scopitones Records. ...


The Wedding Present toured Europe and North America in the Spring of 2005 (with John Maiden on drums) and again in Europe towards the end of 2005 (this time, with Simon Pearson on drums).


During Christmas 2006, guitarist Simon Cleave left the group to pursue personal projects and was replaced by the group's sound engineer Chris McConville - who played on the 2006 tours of North America (with Charlie Layton on drums) and Europe (with Graeme Ramsay on drums).


In March 2007, Sanctuary Records released a box set comprising of all the sessions that had been recorded for the John Peel show as well numerous interviews and live performances broadcast by the veteran broadcaster.


The current line-up (Gedge/De Castro/McConville/Ramsay) are in the process of writing and recording new songs, some of which have been played live at recent gigs. Titles include I Lost The Monkey; No Soup For You; Drink You, Eat You; Model, Actress, Whatever and The Thing I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend.


Discography

Key to personnel: Because there have been a number of personnel changes over the years, a key has been appended to each entry to indicate which line-up was involved. Album compilations may, of course, feature multiple line-ups.


UK singles

  1. Go Out and Get ’Em, Boy! (Reception 1985/City Slang [reissue] 1985) GSGC
  2. Once More (Reception 1986) GSGC
  3. Don't Try and Stop Me Mother 12" (Reception 1986) GSGC
  4. You Should Always Keep in Touch with Your Friends/This Boy Can Wait (double A-side, Reception 1986) GSGC
  5. The Peel Sessions EP (Strange Fruit 1986) GSGC
  6. My Favourite Dress (Reception 1987) GSGC 95
  7. Anyone Can Make a Mistake (Reception 1987) GSGC
  8. Nobody's Twisting Your Arm (Reception 1988) GSGC 46
  9. Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now? (Reception 1988) GSGS 42
  10. Давні Часи (promo, Reception 1988/RCA 1989) GSGS
  11. Kennedy (RCA 1989) GSGS 33
  12. Brassneck (RCA 1990) GSGS 24
  13. 3 Songs EP (RCA 1990) GSGS 25
  14. Dalliance (RCA 1991) GSGS 29
  15. Lovenest (RCA 1991) GSGS 58
  16. Blue Eyes (RCA 1992) GDGS 26
  17. Go-Go Dancer (RCA 1992) GDGS 20
  18. Three (RCA 1992) GDGS 14
  19. Silver Shorts (RCA 1992) GDGS 14
  20. Come Play with Me (RCA 1992) GDGS 10
  21. California (RCA 1992) GDGS 16
  22. Flying Saucer (RCA 1992) GDGS 22
  23. Boing! (RCA 1992) GDGS 19
  24. Loveslave (RCA 1992) GDGS 17
  25. Sticky (RCA 1992) GDGS 17
  26. The Queen of Outer Space (RCA 1992) GDGS 23
  27. No Christmas (RCA 1992) GDGS 25
  28. Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah (Island 1994) GDBS 51
  29. It's a Gas (Island 1994) GDBS 71
  30. Sucker (no label 1995) GBS
  31. 2, 3, Go (Cooking Vinyl 1996) GCLS 67
  32. Montreal (Cooking Vinyl 1997) GCLS 40
  33. Interstate 5 (Scopitones 2004) GCCP 62
  34. I'm from Further North Than You (Scopitones 2005) GCCP 34
  35. Ringway to Seatac (Scopitones 2005) GCCP 157

12 single for U2s Beautiful Day The 12-inch [30 cm] single gramophone record came into existence with the advent of disco music in the 1970s. ...

Albums

  1. George Best (Reception 1987) GSGC 47
  2. Tommy (1985-1987) (compilation, Reception 1988) GSGC
  3. Українські Виступи в Івана Піла (compilation, RCA 1989) GSGC/GSGS 22
  4. Bizarro (RCA 1989) GSGS 22
  5. Seamonsters (RCA 1991) GSGS 13
  6. Hit Parade 1 (compilation, RCA 1992) GDGS 22
  7. Hit Parade 2 (compilation, RCA 1993) GDGS 19
  8. John Peel Sessions 1987-1990 (compilation, Strange Fruit 1993) GSGC/GSGS
  9. Watusi (Island 1994) GDBS 47
  10. Mini (Cooking Vinyl 1995) GBS 40
  11. Saturnalia (Cooking Vinyl 1996) GCLS 36
  12. Evening Sessions 1986-1994 (compilation, Strange Fruit 1997) GSGC/GDBS
  13. John Peel Sessions 1992-1995 (compilation, Cooking Vinyl 1998) GDBS/GBS
  14. Singles 1989-1991 (2CD compilation, Manifesto 1999) GSGS
  15. Singles 1995-1997 (compilation, Cooking Vinyl 1999) GBS/GCLS
  16. The Hit Parade (2CD compilation, Camden Deluxe 2003) GDGS
  17. Take Fountain (Scopitones 2005) GCCP 68
  18. Search for Paradise : Singles 2004-5 (Scopitones 2006) GCCP
  19. The Complete Peel Sessions 1986-2004 (6CD Box Set, Sanctuary 2007) GSGC/GSGS/GDGS/GDBS/GCLS/GCCP

George Best is the debut album by The Wedding Present. ... Tommy (1985–1987) is a compilation by The Wedding Present gathering their first four singles, their B-sides and selected tracks from two early radio sessions. ... A compilation album is an album (music or spoken-word) featuring tracks from one or multiple recording artists, often culled from a variety of sources (such as studio albums, live albums, singles, demos and outtakes. ... Українські Виступи в Івана Піла (also known by its Latin transliteration Ukraïnski Vistupi v Johna Peela) is a compilation album by The Wedding Present, originally gathering their first three Ukrainian language John Peel radio sessions. ... Bizarro is the second studio album by The Wedding Present. ... Seamonsters is the third studio album by Leeds, England group The Wedding Present. ... In 1992 The Wedding Present decided to release a limited edition single every month, each featuring an original track on the A side and a cover on the B side. ... In 1992 The Wedding Present decided to release a limited edition single every month, each featuring an original track on the A side and a cover version on the B side. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Take Fountain was released 14 February 2005 on Scopitones Records. ... The Complete Peel Sessions is a collection of songs by The Wedding Present recorded with John Peel. ...

Video/DVDs

  1. *(S)punk (BMG-1990)
  2. Dick York's Wardrobe: The Hit Parade Videos (BMG - 1993)
  3. Search For Paradise : Singles 2004-5 [Disc 2] (Scopitones-2006)

References

  1. ^ David Gedge quoted from the Wedding Present FAQ.

External links

  • Scopitones The official home of The Wedding Present and Cinerama
  • The Wedding Present Peel Sessions The official page for the Sanctuary 2007 release of the complete John Peel sessions.
  • The Wedding Present American fan page
  • The Wedding Present Another fan page
  • Something And Nothing A site started in 2005 to bring together Wedding Present memorobilia and related news and stories. Contains many interviews with (ex-)band members
  • TWP-CINERAMA Another fan site, this one from Japan
  • Trouser Press entry
  • GedgeSongsDatabase A resource devoted to the songs of The Wedding Present and Cinerama
The Wedding Present
Terry de Castro | David Gedge | Chris McConville | Graeme Ramsay
Mike Bedford | Darren Belk | Shaun Charman | Simon Cleave | Paul Dorrington | Keith Gregory | Jayne Lockey | Kari Paavola | Simon Pearson | Simon Smith | Peter Solowka
Discography
Studio albums: George Best | Bizarro | Seamonsters | Watusi | Mini | Saturnalia | Take Fountain
Compilation albums: Tommy (1985-1987) | Hit Parade 1 | Hit Parade 2 | Singles 1989-1991 | Singles 1995-1997 | The Hit Parade
Radio sessions compilation albums: Українські Виступи в Івана Піла | John Peel Sessions 1987-1990 | Evening Sessions 1986-1994 | John Peel Sessions 1992-1995 | The Complete Peel Sessions (6CD box set)
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