The Wedding Present

The Wedding Present

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The Wedding Present, formed from the ashes of Lost Pandas, were founded in Leeds, England, in 1985. The only constant member throughout the group's history was singer/songwriter David Gedge. The initial line-up included guitarist Peter Solowka, bassist Keith Gregory, and drummer Shaun Charman.

Named in honor of the Northern Irish soccer player, "George Best", the Wedding Present's debut LP, appeared on their own Reception label in 1987. "Tommy (1985-1987)" - an overview of early singles, covers, and radio broadcasts - followed in 1988.

The next LP, "Ukrainski Vistupi V Johna Peela", brought together John Peel session dates with a sampler of traditional Ukrainian folk tunes. It also marked the recording debut of new drummer Simon Smith, recruited after Shaun Charman exited to form The Popguns. After reaching the Top 40 with the single "Kennedy," the Weddoes returned in 1989 with the LP "Bizarro" and the single "Brassneck," produced by Steve Albini. The 1991 release "Seamonsters" was also produced by Steve Albini and marked the departure of Peter Solowka, replaced by guitarist Paul Dorrington.

Instead of recording a new studio LP, the Wedding Present spent the whole year 1992 issuing a single on the first Monday of each month. At the end of the year a box could be purchased from live shows or the fan club to store the twelve singles in. "The Hit Parade" singles featured original material on their A-sides and cover songs on the B-sides. Later realeased on LP/CD, in two parts, as "Hit Parade 1" and "Hit Parade 2".

After the departure of Keith Gregory (to found Cha-Cha Cohen), David Gedge remained as the band's last original member; the Weddoes then resurfaced with new bassist Darren Belk for 1994's "Watusi", produced by Steve Fisk. After a rather uneventful 1995, the group returned in 1996 with the "Mini EP", later reissued with bonus tracks as "Mini Plus". The full-length "Saturnalia" appeared at the end of the year, followed early in 1997 by the single "Montreal".

In 1997, Gedge called a temporary halt to The Wedding Present and started to work on a solo project that eventually led to a new band, Cinerama. Cinerama actually started as a duo that Gedge shared with his then girlfriend Sally Murrell, together with a shifting line-up of collaborators.

At the end of 2002, Gedge split up with Sally and moved to Seattle, where he worked on new stuff for an album. In 2004, he reformed The Wedding Present and the band released their sixth studio LP "Take Fountain".

In 2008 the band released the new LP "El Rey", engineered by Steve Albini, the man behind 1991's success "Seamonsters".
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The Wedding Present Discography

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The Wedding Present George Best (Album, Comp) Reception UK 1987 Sell This Version
none The Wedding Present Live Tape No. 1 - Leicester Poly 5th May 1987(Cass, C60) Not On Label (The Wedding Present Self-released) none UK 1987 Sell This Version
none The Wedding Present Live Tape No. 2 - Munchen Alabama-Halle 22/11/87(Cass, C60) Not On Label (The Wedding Present Self-released) none UK 1987 Sell This Version
The Wedding Present Ukrainski Vistupi V Johna Peela = Українські Виступи В Івана Піла (Album, MiniAlbum) Reception UK 1988 Sell This Version
none The Wedding Present Live Tape No. 3 - Rotterdam 30 March 1988(Cass, C60) Not On Label (The Wedding Present Self-released) none UK 1988 Sell This Version
none The Wedding Present Live Tape No. 4 - Valencia 18 November 1988(Cass, C60) Not On Label (The Wedding Present Self-released) none UK 1988 Sell This Version
The Wedding Present Bizarro (Album, Comp) RCA, RCA Canada 1989 Sell This Version
none The Wedding Present Live Tape No. 6 - Frankfurt 3 November 1989(Cass, C60) Not On Label (The Wedding Present Self-released) none UK 1989 Sell This Version
none Весільний Подарунок* Live Tape No. 5 - Middleton 30 April 1989(Cass, C60) Not On Label (The Wedding Present Self-released) none UK 1989 Sell This Version
none The Wedding Present Live Tape No. 8 - Kilburn, 20th November 1990(Cass, C60) Not On Label (The Wedding Present Self-released) none UK 1990 Sell This Version
none The Wedding Present Live Tape No. 7 - Hoboken, 10th June 1990(Cass, Album, C60) Not On Label (The Wedding Present Self-released) none UK 1990 Sell This Version
Theweddingpresent* Seamonsters (Album, Comp) RCA, RCA Italy 1991 Sell This Version
none The Wedding Present Live Tape No. 10 - Uppsala 13 November 1991(Cass, Album, C60) Not On Label (The Wedding Present Self-released) none UK 1991 Sell This Version
none The Wedding Present Live Tape No. 9 - Wakefield 28 August 1991(Cass, Album, C60) Not On Label (The Wedding Present Self-released) none UK 1991 Sell This Version
none The Wedding Present Live Tape No. 11 - Den Haag 30 October 1992(Cass, Album, C60) Not On Label (The Wedding Present Self-released) none UK 1992 Sell This Version
none The Wedding Present Live Tape No. 12 - Windsor 28 October 1993(Cass, Album, C60) Not On Label (The Wedding Present Self-released) none UK 1992 Sell This Version
The Wedding Present Watusi (Album, Comp) Island Records, Island Records UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
none The Wedding Present Live Tape No. 13 -Strasbourg 16 December 1994(Cass, Album, C60) Not On Label (The Wedding Present Self-released) none UK 1994 Sell This Version
none The Wedding Present Live Tape No. 15 - Portsmouth 22 November 1995(Cass, Album, C60) Not On Label (The Wedding Present Self-released) none UK 1995 Sell This Version
Theweddingpresent* Saturnalia (Album) Cooking Vinyl Japan 1996 Sell This Version
Theweddingpresent* Mini (MiniAlbum, EP, Comp) Cooking Vinyl Canada 1996 Sell This Version
none The Wedding Present Live Tape No. 14 - L'exo Rouen, France 17 March 1995(Cass, Album, C60) Not On Label (The Wedding Present Self-released) none UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
none The Wedding Present Live Tape No. 17 - Munich 21 December 1996(Cass, Album, C60) Not On Label (The Wedding Present Self-released) none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none The Wedding Present Live Tape No. 16 - Detroit 21 March 1996(Cass, Album, C60) Not On Label (The Wedding Present Self-released) none UK 1996 Sell This Version
The Wedding Present Take Fountain (Album) Scopitones UK 2005 Sell This Version