Wedding Present, The

Also known as Cadeau De Mariage, Le Cadeau De Mariage / The Wedding Present, Theweddingpresent, TWP, Wedding Present
Members of Wedding Present, The: Charles Layton, Christopher McConville, Darren Belk, David Gedge, Graeme Ramsay, Jayne Lockey, Kari Paavola, Katherine Wallinger, Keith Gregory, Mike Bedford, Paul Dorrington, Peter Solowka, Shaun Charman, Simon Cleave, Simon Pearson (2), Simon Smith, Terry De Castro
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Discography of Wedding Present, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Seamonsters 10 Audio 1991-05-28 RCA
2 Saturnalia 12 Audio 1996 Cooking Vinyl
3 Mini Plus 9 Audio 1996 Cooking Vinyl
4 Hit Parade 1 12 Audio 1992-06-08 RCA
5 Hit Parade 2 12 Audio 1993-01-04 RCA
6 Hit Parade 3 6 Audio 1993 RCA
7 Watusi 12 Audio 1994
8 John Peel Sessions 1987-1990 12 Audio 1993 Strange Fruit
9 Bizarro 14 Audio 1996
10 George Best 14 Audio 1987-10-12 Reception
11 Tommy 12 Audio 1988-07-00 Reception
12 Nobody's Twisting Your Arm 4 Audio 1988-02-00 Reception
13 Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now? 5 Audio 1988-09-00 Reception
14 Kennedy 4 Audio 1989-10-00 RCA
15 Singles 1995-97 20 Audio 1999 Cooking Vinyl
16 Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah 4 Audio 1994-09-00
17 It's A Gas 4 Audio 1994-11-00
18 Mini 6 Audio 1996 Cooking Vinyl
19 'Don't Try And Stop Me, Mother' 4 Audio 1985 Reception
20 The Peel Sessions 4 Audio 1986 Strange Fruit
21 Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now? 4 Audio 1988 Reception
22 Hit Parade 1 12 Audio 1992-06-00 First Warning Records
23 Ukrainski Vistupi V Johna Peela / Українські Виступи В Івана Піла 9 Audio 1989 RCA
24 3 Songs 3 Audio 1990 RCA
25 Hit Parade 2 24 Audio 1993-01-04 RCA
26 Ringway To Seatac 3 Audio 2005-10-24 Scopitones
27 Bizarro 18 Audio 2001
28 Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now? 2 Audio 1988 Reception
29 Brassneck 4 Audio 1990-02-05 RCA
30 George Best 12 Audio 1987-10-12 Reception
31 Go Out And Get 'Em Boy 2 Audio 1985 Reception
32 Once More 2 Audio 1986 Reception
33 Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah 4 Audio 1994-09-00
34 Bizarro 10 Audio 1989
35 The BBC Sessions 8 Audio 1988 Dutch East India Trading
36 George Best + 9 25 Audio 1994 Pearls From The Past
37 Bizarro 10 Audio 1989 RCA
38 Seamonsters 13 Audio 1991 First Warning Records
39 John Peel Sessions 1987-1990 12 Audio 1993 Dutch East India Trading
40 Evening Sessions 1986-1994 12 Audio 1997 Strange Fruit
41 Singles 1995-97 20 Audio 1999 spinART Records
42 Watusi 12 Audio 1994 Island Records
43 Singles 1989-1991 33 Audio 1999 Manifesto (2)
44 John Peel Sessions 1992-1995 12 Audio 1998 Cooking Vinyl
45 Interstate 5 3 Audio 2004-11-15
46 I'm From Further North Than You 3 Audio 2005-01-31 Scopitones
47 Take Fountain 12 Audio 2005 Manifesto (2)
48 Brassneck 4 Audio 1990-02-05 RCA
49 2, 3, Go 4 Audio 1996-08-26 Cooking Vinyl
50 Montreal 4 Audio 1997-01-00 Cooking Vinyl


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 [a=Popguns, The]. After reaching the Top 40 with the single "Kennedy," the Weddoes returned in 1989 with the LP "Bizarro" and the single "Brassneck," produced by [a=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. "[l328840]" 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 [a=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, [a=Cinerama]. Cinerama actually started as a duo that Gedge shared with his then girlfriend [a=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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