The ever-prolific pioneers of UK indie, The Wedding Present, are embarking on an extensive reissue campaign, releasing five albums, two compilations and an EP from the band’s ‘80s and 90’s output, all of which are expanded multi-disc sets crammed with bonus material, extensive sleeve notes, artwork and general Weddos emphemera. Most synonymous for their familiar depiction of relationships using acerbic wit, frontman David Gedge is a virtuoso when it comes to the bittersweet love song.
Originally released in 1989, ‘Bizarro’ is the second LP released by The Wedding Present and the first to be released on a major label. Usually, this would hint towards a band on the cusp of selling out, but instead, ‘Bizarro’ sees The Wedding Present hone their craft and toughen their formula as opposed to giving in to convention. The result was a career-defining record made up of fluctuating tempos and moods, establishing the band’s quintessential euphoric take on pop.
Vinyl LP £19.99 19439793371
Reissue LP on RCA.
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Vinyl LP box set £37.49 VIN180LP035
Triple x 10" box set on Vinyl 180.
CD box set £20.99 EDSJ9011
Remastered and expanded 3CD + DVD set on Edsel.
Vinyl LP £14.99 VIN180LP039
LP reissue on Sony.
10/10 Penrith Steve 17th February 2015
This is THE classic Wedding Present album, the one you should buy first. From the furious jagged guitars and the vocals spat out by Dave Gedge on opener, "Brassneck" to the relatively laid back groove of the closing track "Be Honest" and it's opening line of "Was it all because you didn't like my mam?", this is as good as British indie gets. Dave Gedge is especially good at writing a break-up song and "Thanks" is one of best. The album is full of endlessly catchy songs from the hi-speed distorted jarring clatter of the classic "Kennedy", to the slower, cleaner sounding "What Have I said Now?" and the out-and-out jangle-pop of "No". The mammoth 9-minuter "Take Me!" with it's repetitive strum getting more intense as the song builds and another dimension to the album. All in all, this is just bloody fantastic and you should buy it.
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