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 Dwnld Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
51 No Christmas / Step Into Christmas ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio 1992-12-07 RCA
52 Sucker ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio 1995 Merge Records
53 Montreal ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio 1997-01-00 Cooking Vinyl
54 Montreal ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio 1997-01-00 Cooking Vinyl
55 Miss Sky / Undercurrent ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio 1993 Ablaze! Magazine
56 Get Flexed Again ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 3 Audio 1994 Overcome Some
57 Nobody's Twisting Your Arm ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio 1988 Reception
58 Brassneck ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio 1990-02-05 RCA
59 My Favourite Dress ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 3 Audio 1987 Reception
60 My Favourite Dress ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 3 Audio 1987 Reception
61 The Hit Parade ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 24 Audio 2003
62 Tommy ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 12 Audio 1997 True North Records
63 The Wedding Present ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 4 Audio 1984 Not On Label (The Wedding Present Self-released)
64 You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio 1986-07-00 Reception
65 The Peel Sessions ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 4 Audio 1988 Strange Fruit
66 Pop Culture Press #33 ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio 1995
67 George Best Plus ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 23 Audio 1997 Cooking Vinyl
68 Ukrainian John Peel Sessions ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 13 Audio 2000 Fresh Ear Records
69 Live 1987 ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 34 Audio 2007-10-22 Talitres Records
70 Take Fountain ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 11 Audio 2005 Talitres Records
71 Anyone Can Make A Mistake ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 3 Audio 1987 Reception
72 This Boy Can Wait ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 3 Audio 1986 Reception
73 Mini ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 6 Audio 1996 Cooking Vinyl
74 El Rey ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 11 Audio 2008-05-26 Vibrant Records
75 The Thing I Like Best About Him Is His Girlfriend ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 4 Audio 2008-05-05 Vibrant Records
76 El Rey ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 11 Audio 2008-05-20 Manifesto (2)
77 Seamonsters ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 10 Audio 1991-05-28
78 3 Songs ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 4 Audio 1990-09-00 RCA
79 You're Alive / Go Out And Get 'Em Boy! (Live Version) ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio 1988 Sound Affects
80 El Rey ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 11 Audio 2008-05-26 Vibrant Records
81 Dalliance ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 3 Audio 1991
82 Take Fountain ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 11 Audio 2005 Houston Party Records
83 Hit Parade 1 ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 12 Audio 1992-06-08
84 Live 1987 ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 34 Audio 2007-10-22 Scopitones
85 You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio 1986-07-00 Reception
86 El Rey ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 11 Audio 2008-05-26 Vibrant Records
87 Versions ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 8 Audio 1995 Island Records
88 Tommy 1985-1987 ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 12 Audio 1997 Cooking Vinyl
89 Live Tape No. 6 - Frankfurt 3 November 1989 ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 13 Audio 1989 Not On Label (The Wedding Present Self-released)
90 Seamonsters ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 19 Audio 2001
91 I'm From Further North Than You ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio 2005-01-30 Scopitones
92 How The West Was Won ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 20 Audio 2008-10-27 Vibrant Records
93 George Best Plus ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 23 Audio 1997 Cooking Vinyl
94 3 Songs ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 3 Audio 1990 RCA
95 Hit Parade 1 ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 12 Audio 1996 Manifesto (2)
96 Take Fountain ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 11 Audio 2005 Scopitones
97 Yé Yé: The Best Of The RCA Years ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 15 Audio 2007 Sony BMG Music Entertainment
98 Shepherd’s Bush Welcomes The Wedding Present ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 21 Audio 2007 Secret Records Limited
99 Bizarro ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 10 Audio 1989 RCA
100 3 Songs ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 3 Audio 1990 RCA


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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