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
151 Valentina 10 Audio 2012 Scopitones
152 Valentina 10 Audio 2012 Stickman Records (3)
153 Bizarro 18 Audio 2011 Vinyl 180
154 Club 8 Single 2 Audio 2012-03-19 Scopitones
155 Valentina 10 Audio 2012-03-16 Stickman Records (3)
156 Valentina 10 Audio 2012-03-16 This Will Be Our Summer
157 4 Chansons EP 4 Audio 2012-04-21 Scopitones
158 George Best 15 Audio 1987-10-12
159 ✶Punk 13 Audio 1990
160 Dick York's Wardrobe (The Hit Parade Videos) 15 Audio 1992
161 You Jane 3 Audio 2012 Scopitones
162 Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now? 4 Audio 1988 Reception
163 Nobody's Twisting Your Arm 4 Audio 1988 Reception
164 Valentina 10 Audio 2012-03-16 This Will Be Our Summer
165 Valentina 10 Audio 2012 Scopitones
166 Valentina 10 Audio 2012 Scopitones
167 Bizarro 10 Audio 1989
168 Seamonsters 10 Audio 2011 Vinyl 180
169 Bizarro: Live In Tokyo 2010 16 Audio 2011-02-06 AND Records
170 Bizarro 10 Audio 2012 Vinyl 180
171 Drive 16 Audio 2011 MVD Visual
172 You Jane 3 Audio 2012-01-00 Scopitones
173 Bizarro: Live In Tokyo 2010 10 Audio 2011 AND Records
174 Stepping Into Christmas / Little Drummer Boy (Up The Khyber) / Silent Night 3 Audio 1991-12-02 First Warning Records
175 Hit Parade 2 12 Audio 1992 Manifesto (2)
176 4 Songs EP 4 Audio 2012-10-25 Scopitones
177 The Thing I Like Best About Him Is His Girlfriend 4 Audio 2008-05-00 Vibrant Records
178 El Rey 11 Audio 2008-05-26 Scopitones
179 Live 1991 31 Audio 2012-10-29 Scopitones
180 2 Chansons 2 Audio 2013-04-20 This Will Be Our Summer
181 Seamonsters 18 Audio 2012 Vinyl 180
182 Live Tape No. 8 - Kilburn, 20th November 1990 14 Audio 1990 Not On Label (The Wedding Present Self-released)
183 4 Lieder EP 4 Audio 2013-04-20 Scopitones
184 Seamonsters 12 Audio 1991-07-03 RCA
185 My Favourite Dress 3 Audio 1987 Reception
186 Pourquoi Es Tu Devenue Si Raisonnable? 2 Audio 1988 Reception
187 George Best 12 Audio 1987-10-12 Reception
188 My Favourite Dress 3 Audio 1987 Reception
189 Nobody's Twisting Your Arm 4 Audio 1988 Reception
190 This Boy Can Wait 3 Audio 1986 Reception
191 George Best 12 Audio 1987-10-12 Midnight music
192 Kennedy 4 Audio 1989 RCA
193 Evening Sessions 1986-1994 12 Audio 2001 Celebration (3)
194 Watusi 12 Audio 1994
195 Tommy 12 Audio 1988
196 Brassneck 4 Audio 1990-02-05 RCA
197 Live 1992 40 Audio 2013-09-16 Scopitones
198 Live In Leeds 19 Audio 2010-01-10 Scopitones
199 Watusi 12 Audio 1994 Island Records
200 Search For Paradise: Singles 2004-5 22 Audio 2006 Talitres Records


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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