The Wolfgang Press

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British band, formed in 1983. Members Michael Allen and Mark Cox had previously played together in the bands Rema-Rema and Mass (4) whilst Andrew Gray was initially a member of In Camera. Lauded as one of 4AD's longest-tenured acts, the band would go on to record consistently until the mid-nineties, culminating with the release of Funky Little Demons in 1995 and the retrospective Everything Is Beautiful (A Retrospective 1983-1995) in 2001.
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Albums

CAD 308 The Wolfgang Press - The Burden Of Mules album art The Wolfgang Press The Burden Of Mules (Album) 4AD CAD 308 UK 1983 Sell This Version
CAD 606, CAD606 The Wolfgang Press - Standing Up Straight album art The Wolfgang Press Standing Up Straight (Album) 4AD, 4AD CAD 606, CAD606 UK 1986 Sell This Version
none The Wolfgang Press - Bird Wood Cage album art The Wolfgang Press Bird Wood Cage (Album) 4AD none UK 1988 Sell This Version
Contedisc 185 The Wolfgang Press - Queer album art The Wolfgang Press Queer (Album) 4AD Contedisc 185 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
CAD 4016 CD The Wolfgang Press - Funky Little Demons album art The Wolfgang Press Funky Little Demons (Album) 4AD, 4AD CAD 4016 CD Taiwan 1994 Sell This Version
4AD0206DA The Wolfgang Press - Unremembered Remembered album art The Wolfgang Press Unremembered Remembered (MiniAlbum) 4AD 4AD0206DA 2020 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

BAD 409 The Wolfgang Press - Scarecrow album art The Wolfgang Press Scarecrow(12", EP) 4AD BAD 409 UK 1984 Sell This Version
BAD 502 The Wolfgang Press - Water album art The Wolfgang Press Water (EP) 4AD BAD 502 UK 1985 Sell This Version
BAD 506 The Wolfgang Press - Sweatbox album art The Wolfgang Press Sweatbox(12", EP) 4AD BAD 506 UK 1985 Sell This Version
BAD 702 The Wolfgang Press - Big Sex album art The Wolfgang Press Big Sex (EP) 4AD BAD 702 UK 1987 Sell This Version
BAD 804 The Wolfgang Press - King Of Soul album art The Wolfgang Press King Of Soul (Single) 4AD BAD 804 UK 1988 Sell This Version
Rough US 62 The Wolfgang Press - Kansas album art The Wolfgang Press Kansas (EP) 4AD Rough US 62 US 1989 Sell This Version
BAD 907 CD The Wolfgang Press - Raintime / Bottom Drawer album art The Wolfgang Press Raintime / Bottom Drawer (Single) 4AD BAD 907 CD UK 1989 Sell This Version
TWP 2 The Wolfgang Press - Mama Told Me Not To Come (Bad Boy Mix) album art The Wolfgang Press Mama Told Me Not To Come (Bad Boy Mix) (Single, Maxi) 4AD TWP 2 UK 1991 Sell This Version
BAD 1003 CD The Wolfgang Press - Time album art The Wolfgang Press Time (Single, Maxi) 4AD BAD 1003 CD UK 1991 Sell This Version
TWP 3 The Wolfgang Press - Sucker / Mama album art The Wolfgang Press Sucker / Mama(12", Promo) 4AD TWP 3 UK 1991 Sell This Version
D11302 The Wolfgang Press - A Girl Like You / Angel album art The Wolfgang Press A Girl Like You / Angel (Single, Maxi) 4AD, 4AD D11302 Australia 1992 Sell This Version
TWP 4 The Wolfgang Press - Remixes Number One album art The Wolfgang Press Remixes Number One 4AD TWP 4 UK 1994 Sell This Version
TWP 5 The Wolfgang Press - Remixes Number Two album art The Wolfgang Press Remixes Number Two 4AD TWP 5 UK 1994 Sell This Version
7-17914 The Wolfgang Press - Going South album art The Wolfgang Press Going South (Maxi, Single) 4AD 7-17914 US 1994 Sell This Version
PRO-CD-7468 The Wolfgang Press - Christianity album art The Wolfgang Press Christianity(CD, Single, Promo) 4AD, Warner Bros. Records PRO-CD-7468 US 1995 Sell This Version

Compilations

CAD 514 The Wolfgang Press - The Legendary Wolfgang Press And Other Tall Stories album art The Wolfgang Press The Legendary Wolfgang Press And Other Tall Stories (Comp, Album) 4AD CAD 514 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
GAD 2104 CD The Wolfgang Press - Everything Is Beautiful (A Retrospective 1983-1995) album art The Wolfgang Press Everything Is Beautiful (A Retrospective 1983-1995) (Comp) 4AD GAD 2104 CD Russia 2001 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

PRO-CD-7604 The Wolfgang Press - She's So Soft album art The Wolfgang Press She's So Soft(CD, Promo) 4AD PRO-CD-7604 USA & Canada 1992 Sell This Version
PRO-C-7326 The Wolfgang Press - From The Forthcoming Album Funky Little Demons album art The Wolfgang Press From The Forthcoming Album Funky Little Demons(Cass, Promo, Smplr, Dol) 4AD PRO-C-7326 US 1994 Sell This Version

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gsheputis

gsheputis

October 9, 2020
If there's any band that needs reissues and a nice boxset overview, this is the band...........
maxal

maxal

September 9, 2020
If you walked into a room and WP were playing loud, you'd be forgiven if you didn't like it at first. Wolfgang Press is one of the bands which gave 4AD its real charm of supporting expressive, idiosyncratic music when 4AD was at its treasure chest best.

It can't be pigeonholed. It's loud, sometimes brash, with lively percussion, Wolfgang press are the masters of plaintive wailing, seemingly sour notes and dischord, but with the thundering pace, you follow the music and it builds up with immense form and beauty. Some parts are very beautiful, and when you lend your ear for a while you realise the genius behind the music's creation - this music is encompassing both light and dark to extraordinary effect.

For me the best albums are Standing up Straight and Queer. And must-haves are the first three EPs - Scarecrow, Water and Sweatbox (collected on the album Legendary WP and Other Tall Stories). On Sweatbox, is I'm Coming Home and you'll know what I mean by plaintive wailing.

For accessability, Time was a fun track, one of the easier listens and with punny lyrics (a bit like the punning lyrics for My Way), similarly the 'promo' 12" Sucker, which was free with the Queer album. However, unfotunately for Wolfgang Press, accessibility was not their forte and those who were not prepared to be patient and make that initial attempt to listen to WP - well, they miss out on some strong music.

For me, I really did not get the Mama Told Me Not to Come single. It seems that was WP's almot-cracking-into-fame moment, and that was my least favourite of their songs - and the video was ugly: bright colours, ashtrays, a bit like a Lukas Moodysson film. I mention it because of its popularity, but also, oddly, because it seemed to be the least wolfpressy of the lot (of course the mellody is all there, but it is not expressive of much and doesn't have anything unexpected in it).

It's not for everybody (or even many), but there was a very dedicated fan base for this sound. Yes, they are legendary . . .
edvin

edvin

February 19, 2018
I think 'Lonely is an eyesore' should be added as a compilations that features their unique song.
apokoliptian

apokoliptian

May 1, 2016
Extremely underrated band. But they also never made it easy to the marketing team :)
Crijevo

Crijevo

March 3, 2007
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Definitely a group that defies any categorisation - The Wolfgang Press rose out of the ashes of their previous two noise-incarnations, Rema-Rema and then Mass, mere couple of recordings each; TWP's early works are to some extent connected to these noise-merchant groups but on the verge of the 90s, they confidentially slided from oblique hermetical sound-renditions to impressive dance music with subversive edge - the key record to make such a twist is undoubtedly 'Queer'; using multiple sampling technique (hence Kraftwerk's 'Electric Cafe'), it was still a non-approachable version of 'white funk' (especially if you choose to cover a Tom Jones song the way TWP did). Covering, of course, is not a sole attempt here alone, they already made impressive take on otis Redding's 'Respect' just as effectively. If I can chose my personal favourite out of their constantly excellent discography, then 'Standing Up Straight' is just the one - sentimental and brutal at the same time this album is so rich with emotional impact that it is not recommended to the heart-broken. Its closing number 'I Am the Crime' (also worth a mention for Liz Fraser guesting on vocals), undoubtedly sounds like the truest end of the world everytime I put it on. You take your pick.

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