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The Wedding Present

You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends / This Boy Can Wait

    The Wedding Present’s third single originally released in 1986.

    Company card inner, re-printed copy of original promo poster. Pressed on transparent blue vinyl.

    Sleeve is a copy of original 12” release.

    This Boy Can Wait is the unedited 12” version.

    TRACK LISTING

    You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends
    This Boy Can Wait

    The Wedding Present

    24 Songs

      Throughout 2022, The Wedding Present’s ‘24 Songs’ series saw the legendary indie band release two new tracks a month as double A sided 7”s, ultimately creating a much-sought-after box set. David Gedge has now re-curated full-length versions of all twenty-four tracks for a new compilation album that will also comprise five bonus recordings including one featuring The Wedding Present’s first guitarist, Peter Solowka.

      ‘24 Songs’ was a doff of the cap to The Wedding Present’s ‘Hit Parade’ project of 30 years previous. That series proved to be a real milestone for the band with them becoming only the second-ever artist to achieve twelve Official UK Top 40 hits in a calendar year – at the time something that only Elvis had achieved!

      David Gedge says: “When it came to compiling the ‘24 Songs’ album, I decided not to sequence the tracks in chronological order. With six sides of vinyl, you have six ‘beginnings’ and six ‘ends’ to play with, and I felt that the opportunity to build some kind of a musical journey was too good to miss! Listening back to this collection, I have to say that I genuinely believe that, for this project, The Wedding Present have recorded some of the best tracks in our history. I loved releasing the singles, but it’s satisfying to have them all rounded up together.”

      “The idea of releasing another collection of twenty-four tracks did initially seem quite daunting,” admits David Gedge in the deluxe-CD sleeve notes but, with Jon Stewart (also of Sleeper) having joined the band at the end of 2019 and their subsequent writing partnership flourishing, he began to feel confident that they would be able to produce a year’s worth of music. And, with one of the UK’s most influential independent record labels by their side in Clue, a key partner to EMI North who will be distributing the record - there was no looking back.


      TRACK LISTING

      24 Songs
      1. I Am Not Going To Fall In Love With You
      2. Memento Mori
      3. That Would Only Happen In A Movie
      4. We Interrupt Our Programme
      5. We Should Be Together
      6. Strike!
      7. Science Fiction
      8. Summer
      9. Each Time You Open Your Eyes
      10. We All Came From The Sea
      11. Monochrome
      12. Kerplunk!
      13. Don’t Give Up Without A Fight
      14. X Marks The Spot
      15. You’re Just A Habit That I’m Trying To Break
      16. Plot Twist
      17. Whodunnit
      18. A Song From Under The Floorboards
      19. Telemark
      20. Astronomic
      21. Go Go Go
      22. Once Bitten
      23. La La La
      24. The Loneliest Time Of Year

      5 Songs
      25. White Riot
      26. Panama
      27. Jump In, The Water’s Fine [Japanese Edit]
      28. We All Came From The Sea [Utah Saints Remix]
      29. Teper My Hovorymo

      Deluxe DVD:
      Featuring The Band Playing Live During The ‘24 Songs Launch’ Event At The Old Market, Hove, In January 2022, Plus A Fascinating Fly-on-the-wall Documentary Filmed As The Songs Were Being Written, Arranged And Recorded. 

      The Wedding Present

      The Loneliest Time Of Year / Memento Mori

        Final one in the series.

        The Wedding Present

        Science Fiction / Plot Twist

          Penultimate release in the series.

          The Wedding Present

          Astronomic / Whodunnit

            Tenth release in monthly series.

            David Gedge

            Something And Nothing Tales From The Wedding Present: Volume Two

              Something And Nothing is the second volume in the autobiography from David Gedge of Wedding Present fame. The stories featured in this stunning 176-page matt-laminated, hard-back book have previously only been available to readers of the Tales From The Wedding Present comic book series. This collected edition comes with 100 pages of never-before-seen additional material and an introduction by Craig Cash.David writes the Tales From The Wedding Present narrative together with long-time musical associate Terry de Castro, and then the stories are illustrated by virtuoso artist Lee Thacker. For the past decade, they’ve been working steadily (along with editing help from Jessica McMillan) to relate David’s life and adventures.Something And Nothing is presented in chronological order; it takes up where Volume One left off – just after the release of The Wedding Present’s first single ‘Go Out And Get ’Em, Boy!’ in 1985 – and takes us through the next three years of the band’s existence. David writes intimately about all of the events leading up to the writing, recording and release of the band’s classic debut album, George Best, as well as detailing sessions that the group recorded for John Peel [including the legendary Ukrainian folk music ones], early live appearances in the UK and the rest of Europe and the development of their label Reception Records. On the way, we also learn about some of the romantic experiences that may have informed his writing.


              The Wedding Present

              The Hit Parade - 30th Anniversary Edition

                2022 marks the 30th Anniversary of the original Hit Parade single releases, where The Wedding Present released a limited edition 7” single every month throughout 1992 with each making the UK Top 30, equalling the then record of Most UK Top 30 Hits in a year set by Elvis. An original Gedge composition on the a-side of each single was accompanied by a cover version on the b-side encompassing a wide range of artists from Neil Young and The Go-Betweens to Isaac Hayes and Elton John.

                We are releasing a 2LP vinyl set collecting together the A and B-Sides of all 12 of the 7” singles. The vinyl package also includes CDs of all 24 tracks. The newly configured artwork drawing on the original 7” sleeves has been put together by Hitch, the original designer, and the whole project has been overseen by the band’s leader David Gedge. In addition to the 2LP release we will also be releasing an updated version of the 2CD product with the new artwork.



                TRACK LISTING

                SIDE A 
                1. Blue Eyes 
                2. Go-Go Dancer 
                3. Three 
                4. Silver Shorts 
                5. Come Play With Me 
                6. California 
                SIDE B 
                1. Flying Saucer 
                2. Boing! 
                3. Love Slave 
                4. Sticky 
                5. The Queen Of Outer Space 
                6. No Christmas 
                SIDE C
                1. Cattle And Cane
                2. Don't Cry No Tears
                3. Think That It Might
                4. Falling
                5. Pleasant Valley Sunday
                6. Let's Make Some Plans
                SIDE D
                1. Rocket
                2. Theme From Shaft
                3. Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family
                4. Go Wild In The Country
                5. U.F.O.
                6. Step Into Christmas

                The Wedding Present

                Davni Chasy - 2022 Reissue

                  Originally released for RSD2019 The Single That Never Was’; ‘Davni Chasy / Katrusya’. A rollicking, Ukrainian folk song with the usual Wedding Present thrashy brilliance, the song was initially set for release in 1988 when The Wedding Present were signed to RCA but the band felt the song was not appropriate for their first single on a major label, and with test pressings already in existence, that band pulled the single. Fast forward 30 years and ‘Davni Chasy / Katrusya’ finally gets its well-deserved release. Remastered for the first time, the 7” includes artwork re-designed by Jonathan Hitchen, designer of the original 1989 ‘Ukrainski Vistupi’ LP artwork.

                  The Wedding Present

                  Locked Down And Stripped Back Volume Two

                     Locked Down And Stripped Back Volume Two features home recordings of Wedding Present classics along with a previously unreleased song: ‘That Would Only Happen In A Movie’.The first volume in the series came about when David Gedge’s annual festival At The Edge Of The Sea went ‘virtual’ in 2020 and the band recorded semi-acoustic versions of songs to be streamed. An album of the tracks was compiled and released due to popular demand. The same thing happened the following year and so Volume Two features tracks initially recorded for 2021’s online festival. There’s a bevy of guest stars on this second album! Jon Stewart [of Platinum-album-selling Sleeper fame] reprises his new role as Wedding Present guitarist but is joined here by some Wedding Present members of old. Peter Solowka, from the band’s first line-up appears on ‘Nobody’s Twisting Your Arm’ playing his second instrument, the accordion, while Hit Parade guitarist Paul Dorrington contributes to a re-working of the Top 30 single ‘Blue Eyes’. Long-time Wedding Present bass player Terry de Castro returns to infuse the album with her own unique style, while current Wedding Present bass player Melanie Howard takes over the lead vocal duties on a beautiful version of 1986’s ‘At The Edge Of The Sea’. Last, but certainly not least, Amelia Fletcher – backing vocalist on George Best and Bizarro – also returns to the party! As on the first volume, each musician recorded and filmed their parts at home and, as before, it is fascinating to see how stripped-back arrangements bring out different aspects of these brilliant songs.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Brassneck
                    2. No
                    3. Careless
                    4. Nobody’s Twisting Your Arm
                    5. What Have I Said Now?
                    6. Perfect Blue
                    7. Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft
                    8. That Would Only Happen In A Movie
                    9. At The Edge Of The Sea
                    10. Blue Eyes
                    11. Dare
                    12. Octopussy

                    The Wedding Present

                    X Marks The Spot / Strike

                      24 Songs. A new project from The Wedding Present. A new 7” single every month throughout 2022. 24 Songs sees David Gedge writing with legendary Sleeper guitarist Jon Stewart for the first time, and a more perfect union could not have been predicted. The notion of a monthly 7” single is not new to The Wedding Present, but 24 Songs shows us that even classic concepts can be reinvented. The series also continues the band’s association with photographer Jessica McMillan, who has created stunning images and films as a visual accompaniment to the recordings.

                      Explaining 24 Songs, David Gedge said: “In 1991, The Wedding Present were rehearsing in a studio in Yorkshire when we hit upon an idea that immediately thrilled us all. Our bass player [Keith Gregory] had been a member of the ‘Sub Pop Singles Club’ - a service that allowed subscribers to receive 7”s released by that Seattle label on a monthly basis. Keith wondered if we, as a band, could attempt a similar thing. In that instant, The Wedding Present’s Hit Parade series was born and, during 1992, we managed to release a brand new 7” single each and every month.

                      “The Hit Parade went on to become something of a significant milestone in the history of the band and it’s a project about which I’m often asked. As its thirtieth anniversary approached, I began to wonder if we should celebrate it in some way. A ‘Hit Parade Part 2’ didn’t feel quite right, though. Then, someone said to me: “Other bands have released music in similar ways but there has been nothing like the Hit Parade.” And they were right! A 7” single a month seems, somehow, very ‘Wedding Present’.

                      So, inspired by that little idea from three decades ago, we’ve embarked on this new project, 24 Songs. “Even though The Wedding Present have never been known for taking the easy route, the idea of recording 24 tracks and releasing them in this way could seem daunting to any band. However, I’ve been inspired by the music that has been written since Jon and Melanie joined the group. The thought of celebrating this exciting new line-up with an exciting new series has motivated us all… and I suppose we also didn’t want any of these songs to be hidden away in the middle of an album!”

                      The Wedding Present

                      Monochrome (7” Version) / You’re Just A Habit That I’m Trying To Break

                        A new project from The Wedding Present. A new 7” single every month throughout 2022. 24 Songs sees David Gedge writing with legendary Sleeper guitarist Jon Stewart for the first time, and a more perfect union could not have been predicted. The notion of a monthly 7” single is not new to The Wedding Present, but 24 Songs shows us that even classic concepts can be reinvented. The series also continues the band’s association with photographer Jessica McMillan, who has created stunning images and films as a visual accompaniment to the recordings.

                        Explaining 24 Songs, David Gedge said: “In 1991, The Wedding Present were rehearsing in a studio in Yorkshire when we hit upon an idea that immediately thrilled us all. Our bass player [Keith Gregory] had been a member of the ‘Sub Pop Singles Club’ - a service that allowed subscribers to receive 7”s released by that Seattle label on a monthly basis. Keith wondered if we, as a band, could attempt a similar thing. In that instant, The Wedding Present’s Hit Parade series was born and, during 1992, we managed to release a brand new 7” single each and every month. “The Hit Parade went on to become something of a significant milestone in the history of the band and it’s a project about which I’m often asked. As its thirtieth anniversary approached, I began to wonder if we should celebrate it in some way.

                        A ‘Hit Parade Part 2’ didn’t feel quite right, though. Then, someone said to me: “Other bands have released music in similar ways but there has been nothing like the Hit Parade.” And they were right! A 7” single a month seems, somehow, very ‘Wedding Present’. So, inspired by that little idea from three decades ago, we’ve embarked on this new project, 24 Songs. “Even though The Wedding Present have never been known for taking the easy route, the idea of recording 24 tracks and releasing them in this way could seem daunting to any band. However, I’ve been inspired by the music that has been written since Jon and Melanie joined the group. The thought of celebrating this exciting new line-up with an exciting new series has motivated us all… and I suppose we also didn’t want any of these songs to be hidden away in the middle of an album!”

                        The Wedding Present

                        I Am Not Going To Fall In Love With You/ A Song From Under The Floorboards

                          24 Songs. A new project from The Wedding Present. A new 7” single every month throughout 2022. 24 Songs sees David Gedge writing with legendary Sleeper guitarist Jon Stewart for the first time, and a more perfect union could not have been predicted. The notion of a monthly 7” single is not new to The Wedding Present, but 24 Songs shows us that even classic concepts can be reinvented. The series also continues the band’s association with photographer Jessica McMillan, who has created stunning images and films as a visual accompaniment to the recordings.

                          The Wedding Present

                          Live 2012: Seamonsters Played Live In Manchester

                            The Wedding Present, recorded and filmed at the Ritz, Manchester, on 9 November 2012. This double disc release includes both a CD and a DVD of the concert. Following the release of Seamonsters in 1991 the Guardian newspaper noted that: “Engineer Steve Albini has given The Wedding Present considerable weight, with Gedge’s voice trickling between banks of scowling guitars” and went on to feature the LP in its list of ‘1,000 albums to hear before you die’. Despite its uncompromising sound the album reached No. 13 in the British album charts and has been hailed as a classic.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            01. End Credits
                            02. Sports Car*
                            03. The Girl From The Ddr
                            04. You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends
                            05. My Favourite Dress
                            06. Don't Touch That Dial*
                            07. Deer Caught In The Headlights
                            08. Dalliance
                            09. Dare
                            10. Suck
                            11. Blonde
                            12. Rotterdam
                            13. Lovenest
                            14. Corduroy
                            15. Carolyn
                            16. Heather
                            17. Octopussy
                            18. Click Click
                            19. What Have I Said Now? *DVD ONLY

                            David Gedge

                            Go Out And Get 'Em Boy! Tales From The Wedding Present : Volume One

                              The first instalment of David Gedge’s long-awaited ‘memoir-in-comic-book-form’ will be released by Scopitones Books on 6 November 2020. The stories featured in this stunning 176-page, matt-laminated, hardback book have previously only been available to readers of the Tales From The Wedding Present comic book series. This collected edition comes with forty pages of never-before-seen additional material and an introduction by Ian Rankin. David has written this autobiography together with long-time musical associate Terry de Castro, and the stories are illustrated by virtuoso artist Lee Thacker. It’s in chronological order, beginning with David’s childhood in England and South Africa and continues up to the inception of The Wedding Present. On the way we learn about some of the romantic experiences that may have informed his writing, how he first met his hero – the legendary BBC presenter John Peel – and the true story behind the classic Wedding Present song ‘My Favourite Dress’. Reviews “An autobiography of The Wedding Present would be great on its own. An autobiography in beautiful graphic novel form? Even better!” Dan Vebber (Writer, The Simpsons) “This is brilliant! It’s like the storyboard for a Wedding Present biopic.” Marc Riley (Broadcaster, BBC) “As informative, funny and essential as David Gedge himself. Can I be in the movie when all this is franchised?” Tony Gardner (Actor) “This is the graphic novel indie music mash up that we have all been waiting for and only David Gedge could deliver. It's amazing!” Stella Creasy (Member, British Parliament) “This is a Wedding Present fan’s dream come true. Pure unfiltered Gedge; the inside track on what makes him tick and anecdotes aplenty. Essential!” Mike Gayle (Author) “It’s very typical of The Wedding Present to do an autobiography differently to everyone else... but the stunning illustrations in this book really bring David's stories to life.” Louise Wener (Writer, musician)

                              The Wedding Present & Friends

                              Not From Where I'm Standing

                                Come Play With Me proudly presents a collection of 20 Bond themes covered by current and former members of The Wedding Present. 100% of the profits from its sale will be donated to the ‘Campaign Against Living Miserably’ (CALM). Questioned about the origins of the project, David Gedge of The Wedding Present said: “Where do ideas like this come from? Well, I can tell you that this one was born during a soundcheck in New Zealand, in 2013, when the band were playing around with the main melody of the classic Bond theme ‘You Only Live Twice’. We decided then that, one day, we should probably attempt to cover this amazing song. We ended up doing just that dur-ing the recording sessions for our ‘Going, Going...’ album in Studios La Fabrique (Saint-R my-de-Provence, France). And that was that. For a while, anyway. During a later tour, drummer Charles Layton was driving the van and I was sitting in the front passenger seat. On journeys like these Charlie would often plant little seeds of ideas into my mind, knowing that I would go away, think about it, and then return with some kind of master plan.

                                “You should release a compilation of Bond songs,” he declared. And that was all that he needed to say, really. Most of the themes from the Bond films would effortlessly feature in a list of my favourite ever pieces of music, so I was never not going to be excited by the idea of re-imaginings of twenty of them! One of the defining moments of my career was when I per-formed with the BBC Big Band in 2009 and got to meet Derek Watkins, who had played the lead trumpet on every single one of the Bond themes up until his death in 2013. And then came another idea. Each of the artists on this proposed compilation would be required to have a physical connection to Cinerama or The Wedding Present. I liked the unifying feel of that. I suppose it appealed to the collector in me. None of the artists I approached asked for payment for their track and so the obvious thing to do was to make this a benefit album. The ‘CALM’ organisation was suggested to me as a charity that’s doing great work and, af-ter we’d heard more, we were keen to support it. Throw in a beautiful sleeve design and here, seven years after that fateful sound check in Auckland, you have The Wedding Pre-sent... and their lovely friends... saluting the astounding music of Bond. James Bond.”.

                                The Wedding Present are a band that have always been keen to explore new ways to showcase their music but this album also serves as a fascinating insight into the strength and diversity of the musicians that have been members... as well as revealing their favourite Bond tunes! In addition to the expected contributions from Cinerama and The Wedding Present, the album features a first ‘super-group’ outing for ‘Sleeper featuring David Gedge’ and also a solo rendition of Louis Armstrong’s classic ‘We Have All The Time In The World’ by David himself. There's also, potentially, the first-ever Ukrainian-language cover of a Madonna track!

                                TRACK LISTING

                                View To A Kill - Terry De Castro
                                James Bond Theme - The Sleazoids
                                Live And Let Die - The Donalds
                                Nobody Does It Better - Samuel Beer-Pearce
                                Die Another Day - The Ukrainians
                                You Only Live Twice - The Wedding Present
                                The World Is Not Enough - Maria Scaroni
                                For Your Eyes Only - Klee
                                Skyfall - Such Small Hands
                                Goldfinger - Simone White
                                Diamonds Are Forever - Cinerama
                                Thunderball - The Legendary Len Liggins
                                On Her Majesty’s Secret Service - Shaun Charman
                                Goldeneye - Follow The Moths
                                Tomorrow Never Dies - Danielle Wadey & Charles Layton
                                Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - Sleeper Featuring David Lewis Gedge
                                We Have All The Time In The World - David Lewis Gedge
                                The Man With The Golden Gun - Jetstream Pony
                                All Time High - Minitel
                                From Russia With Love - Graeme Ramsay

                                The Wedding Present

                                Bizarro - National Album Day Edition

                                  A 'National Album Day' release - Pressed on standard Black LP Vinyl. 

                                  'Bizarro' was the second Wedding Present album, originally released in 1989. The band's first album on a major label, 'Bizarro' saw The Wedding Present toughening up rather than selling out. Toying with extremes of tempo and mood, the result was a vibrant hybrid of astringency and the band's quintessential pop euphoria.

                                  The Wedding Present

                                  George Best

                                    'George Best' is the debut album by The Wedding Present, originally released in 1987. Hugely anticipated, 'George Best' saw indie heroes The Wedding Present refine the blitzkrieg pop brilliance of the band's early singles into a nuanced styled that was distinctively theirs: heartbreak at the bus stop, set to the soundtrack of a million jangling guitars. 

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    LP Tracklisting
                                    Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft
                                    What Did Your Last Servant Die Of?
                                    Don't Be So Hard
                                    A Million Miles
                                    All This And More
                                    My Favourite Dress
                                    Shatner
                                    Something And Nothing
                                    It's What You Want That Matters
                                    Give My Love To Kevin
                                    Anyone Can Make A Mistake
                                    You Can't Moan Can You?

                                    CD Tracklisting
                                    1 Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft
                                    2 What Did Your Last Servant Die Of?
                                    3 Don't Be So Hard
                                    4 A Million Miles
                                    5 All This And More
                                    6 My Favourite Dress
                                    7 Shatner
                                    8 Something And Nothing
                                    9 It's What You Want That Matters
                                    10 Give My Love To Kevin
                                    11 Anyone Can Make A Mistake
                                    12 You Can't Moan Can You?
                                    13 All About Eve
                                    14 Getting Nowhere Fast
                                    15 Nobody's Twisting Your Arm
                                    16 Nothing Comes Easy
                                    17 Don't Laugh
                                    18 I'm Not Always So Stupid
                                    19 Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now?
                                    20 Not From Where I'm Standing
                                    21 Give My Love To Kevin (Acoustic Version)
                                    22 Getting Better
                                    23 Pourquoi Es Tu Devenue Si Raisonnable?

                                    The Wedding Present

                                    Tommy

                                      'Tommy' is a compilation album by The Wedding Present, originally released in 1988, collecting songs from the band’s first four singles, plus four tracks recorded for BBC Radio sessions. Bringing together material written in the band’s first two years of existence, 'Tommy' proved that The Wedding Present’s essence was in place from the start. These kinetic blasts of homespun high-velocity bedsit drama presaged the more finessed 'George Best', but represented the band’s definitive portrayal.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      1 Go Out And Get Em Boy!
                                      2 (The Moment Before) Everything Spoiled Again
                                      3 Once More
                                      4 At The Edge Of The Sea
                                      5 Living And Learning
                                      6 This Boy Can Wait
                                      7 You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends
                                      8 Felicity
                                      9 What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted?
                                      10 Never Said
                                      11 Every Mothers Son
                                      12 My Favourite Dress

                                      The Wedding Present

                                      Live 2010: Bizarro Played Live In Germany

                                        The Wedding Present, recorded and filmed at the Atomic Café, Munich, on 24 October 2010. This double disc release includes both a CD and a DVD of the concert. Of the original Bizarro release, Allmusic says: The Wedding Present's second proper studio album, Bizarro, cut down a bit on the frenetic jangle the band was known for in its early days and replaced it with healthy doses of darkness and power. Adding some fuzzy, crunchy distortion to give the guitars some hefty impact, slowing the tempos down to speeds that allow vocalist David Gedge to squeeze more heartbroken despair and bleak sarcasm out of every line, and generally upping their game in every way, the album was the fullest realization of The Wedding Present's sound yet. Leading off with the unstoppably hooky ‘Brassneck’ which features a brilliant Gedge reading of lines that rhyme "grow up" and "throw up," the album plays like a collection of thematically related singles.

                                        The most single-y among them is ‘Kennedy’ which has some brilliant sing-along lyrics and an intensely dramatic guitar strum buildup that crescendos into a maelstrom of sound. The rest of the record isn't far behind; whether it's the sparse ‘What Have I Said Now?’ or the slowly grinding ‘Bewitched’ one could extract any song and it would feel like a highlight - even the epic-length ‘Take Me!’ which closes the album in a fury of strums, drum fills, and chugging bass that builds and builds until it seems like the song is going to levitate and take the listener right along with it. The Wedding Present didn't necessarily need to improve their already winning template, but they did and it pays off big time on Bizarro

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        01. Heather
                                        02. What Did Your Last Servant Die Of?
                                        03. Interstate 5 [Dvd Only]
                                        04. End Credits
                                        05. Real Thing
                                        06. Mystery Date
                                        07. Brassneck
                                        08. Crushed
                                        09. No
                                        10. Thanks
                                        11. Kennedy
                                        12. What Have I Said Now?
                                        13. Granadaland
                                        14. Bewitched
                                        15. Take Me!
                                        16. Be Honest.

                                        The Wedding Present

                                        Marc Riley Sessions Volume 3

                                          A band with a history that’s inextricably intertwined with the BBC and in particular the late BBC DJ John Peel, an early champion of the band, the ‘Marc Riley Sessions’ series echoes the famous Peel/Selwood releases on the Strange Fruit label that included BBC sessions from the likes of New Order, Buzzcocks, The Cure and Echo & The Bunnymen.

                                          An avid Wedding Present fan himself, Riley, with his team of producers, has formed a close bond with The Wedding Present’s David Gedge and the band. “The release of the Wedding Present sessions done for our 6 Music programme over the years is something of an honour. In the great tradition of the Peel / Selwood releases on the Strange Fruit label, this record proves that, even without John, the BBC can still be a place where great bands can continue to grow and be creative... amongst friends.”

                                          Having received critical acclaim for releases 1 and 2, ‘Marc Riley Sessions Volume 3’, features 9 tracks recorded for the awardwinning BBC Radio 6 Music show in 2015 and 2016. “The two sessions on this compilation feature many songs that appear on ‘Going, Going...’ the studio album that The Wedding Present released in 2016. ‘Going, Going...’ itself was an extensive audio-visual project recorded over the space of eighteen months in Provence, Liverpool and Seattle. By the time of the 2016 session, however, the album had been completed and had actually been released the previous week. Consequently, The Wedding Present were touring the UK (playing ‘Going, Going...’ in its entirety) and so, in-between our Cardiff and Gateshead concerts, we stopped off in Salford to record some tracks for Marc. As a result, you can hear the ‘live’ feel in these performances. This was a band that was literally on the road!”, says David.

                                          The album also features two glorious cover versions including a heartfelt cover of the theme music from the fifth James Bond film, ‘You Only Live Twice’. “I’ve always been fond of recording cover versions and there a couple of great ones on this LP. In 2015 we had a go at John Barry and Leslie Bricusse’s ‘You Only Live Twice’ - and enjoyed it so much that I’m now planning a compilation of Bond covers to be released on my label, Scopitones”, says David. The second cover is the off-kilter ‘Jumper Clown’, a Marc Riley composition. “Marc’s band The Creepers released this song – which poked fun at his previous band’s singer [Mark E. Smith from The Fall] – in 1983 and The Wedding Present covered it eleven years later for the B-side of our ‘It’s A Gas’ single. We decided that an unannounced rendering for a live session while Marc himself was sat in the room watching would be a great surprise to spring on our DJ pal. We managed to keep the whole thing secret with the help of the show’s producer Michelle. This involved hastily rehearsing and sound-checking the song whenever we got the nod from the recording engineer that Marc was out of earshot!”, says David.


                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          A. Recorded 04/11/15
                                          1. Ten Sleep
                                          2. Broken Bow
                                          3. You Only Live Twice
                                          4. 1000 Fahrenheit

                                          B. Recorded 08/09/16
                                          1. Rachel
                                          2. Bear
                                          3. Jumper Clown
                                          4. Kill Devil Hills
                                          5. Santa Monica

                                          The Wedding Present

                                          Huw Stephens Sessions

                                            Four classic covers recorded for ‘One Music with Huw Stephens’ 19th July 2006

                                            “The release of The Wedding Present sessions done for our programme over the years is something of an honour. In the great tradition of the Peel/Selwood releases on the Strange Fruit label this record proves that even without John the BBC can still be a place where great bands can continue to grow and be creative… amongst friends.”

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            1. Step Inside Love
                                            2. Lovin’ You
                                            3. Our Lips Are Sealed
                                            4. Back For Good

                                            The Wedding Present

                                            The Home Internationals EP

                                              The Wedding Present release a four track instrumental EP called ‘Home Internationals’ on the El Segell del Primavera record label.

                                              ‘Wales’ is taken from The Wedding Present’s recent and critically acclaimed album ‘Going, Going...’ while the other three tracks have been specially written and recorded for this release.

                                              David Gedge was inspired by the challenge of writing a number of instrumental tracks for ‘Going, Going...’ and decided to use ‘Wales’ as the starting point for an EP of further instrumental pieces.

                                              Freed from the restriction of a lyrical narrative the music frequently becomes more experimental and delves deeply into David’s love of pop, rock and film scores for inspiration.

                                              “Going, Going... is a remarkable album. A joy from start to finish” - Louder Than War.

                                              The EP was also inspired by the ‘Home Internationals’ which was an annual football competition between the United Kingdom's four national teams: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (the last of whom competed as Ireland for most of the competition's history).

                                              It started in 1883 and is the oldest international football tournament in the world. The competition ended in 1983 after 100 years.


                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              Scotland
                                              Northern Ireland
                                              England
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                                              The Wedding Present

                                              EP 4 Cân - Clear Vinyl Edition

                                                THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                The Wedding Present’s 'Record Store Day' releases seem to have become something of a little obsession for David Gedge. The yearly 10” EPs make him little profit; he just gets the satisfaction of singing and recording in other languages… and producing Extremely collectable records. In 2012 he tried his tongue at French and 2013 brought us his Teutonic warblings. This year, he’s really gone all out… this 10” vinyl only release has been sung in Welsh! A big fan of Wales and the Welsh in general, David doesn’t actually speak the language, but this didn’t stop him. He called in renowned Welsh actor, Andrew Teilo, who translated and created demos of four existing Wedding Present songs. David then travelled to Penarth where he and Andrew recorded the vocals with some recording expertise from Arwyn Davies. They kept the Welshness going with a little help from Andrew's fellow actor, Llinor ap Gwynedd, on backing vocals. The songs [recorded in the same session as the recent album, ‘Valentina’] are different from the songs on the other two ‘language’ EPs from Record Store Days past… and include the charming ‘Valentina’ album track ‘Meet Cute’. There were a few little hiccoughs during the translation from English into Welsh… the first song, 1000 Fahrenheit, had to be translated into Welsh as 10,000 (Deng Mil) Fahrenheit... not because there is no word for 1000, but apparently it just sounded better! Perhaps the songs all sound better in Welsh! All Welsh album next time Mr. Gedge?! The band will be promoting the release of ‘EP 4 Cân’ with a performance at the 'Wales Goes Pop’ festival in Cardiff during the evening of April 19 following an acoustic set at Spiller’s Records during the afternoon.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Side A
                                                1. 1000 Fahrenheit [Welsh Version]
                                                2. Meet Cute [Welsh Version]

                                                Side B
                                                1. Journey Into Space [Welsh Version]
                                                2. Can You Keep A Secret? [Welsh Version]


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