The Wolfgang Press

The Wolfgang Press

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.

The Wolfgang Press Discography


CAD 308 The Wolfgang Press The Burden Of Mules (Album) 4AD CAD 308 UK 1983 Sell This Version
CAD 606, none The Wolfgang Press Standing Up Straight (Album) 4AD CAD 606, none Argentina 1986 Sell This Version
CAD 810, VG 50397 The Wolfgang Press Bird Wood Cage (Album) 4AD CAD 810, VG 50397 Greece 1988 Sell This Version
Contedisc 185 The Wolfgang Press Queer (Album) 4AD Contedisc 185 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
CAD 4016 CD The Wolfgang Press Funky Little Demons (Album) 4AD CAD 4016 CD Taiwan 1994 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

BAD 409 The Wolfgang Press Scarecrow(12") 4AD BAD 409 UK 1984 Sell This Version
BAD 502 The Wolfgang Press Water 4AD BAD 502 UK 1985 Sell This Version
BAD 506 The Wolfgang Press Sweatbox(12", EP) 4AD BAD 506 UK 1985 Sell This Version
BAD 702 The Wolfgang Press Big Sex (EP) 4AD BAD 702 UK 1987 Sell This Version
BAD 804 The Wolfgang Press King Of Soul (Single) 4AD BAD 804 UK 1988 Sell This Version
BAD 907 CD The Wolfgang Press Raintime / Bottom Drawer (Single) 4AD BAD 907 CD UK 1989 Sell This Version
Rough US 62 The Wolfgang Press Kansas (EP) 4AD Rough US 62 US 1989 Sell This Version
TWP 2 The Wolfgang Press Mama Told Me Not To Come (Maxi, Single) 4AD TWP 2 UK 1991 Sell This Version
BAD 1003 CD The Wolfgang Press Time (Single, Maxi) 4AD BAD 1003 CD UK 1991 Sell This Version
TWP 3 The Wolfgang Press Sucker / Mama(12", Promo) 4AD TWP 3 UK 1991 Sell This Version
9 40547-2 The Wolfgang Press A Girl Like You / Angel (Single, Maxi) 4AD, 4AD 9 40547-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
TWP 4 The Wolfgang Press Remixes Number One(12", Promo) 4AD TWP 4 UK 1994 Sell This Version
TWP 5 The Wolfgang Press Remixes Number Two(12", Promo) 4AD TWP 5 UK 1994 Sell This Version
7-17914 The Wolfgang Press Going South (Maxi, Single) 4AD 7-17914 US 1994 Sell This Version
PRO-CD-7468 The Wolfgang Press Christianity(CD, Single, Promo) 4AD, Warner Bros. Records PRO-CD-7468 US 1995 Sell This Version


CAD 514 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, Comp) 4AD GAD 2104 CD UK & US 2001 Sell This Version

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


March 3, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
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, merely 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 'Europe Endless'), 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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