The Wedding Present have a reputation for bittersweet, honest love songs and are heavily influenced by bands such as The Fall, Buzzcocks and Gang of Four. Enlisting noise-mongering producer Steve Albini to produce album Seamonsters at a time the country was going nuts for acid house, releasing one single a month in 1992, and working with everyone from Ian Broudie from the Lightening Seeds and Rolling Stones producer Jimmy Miller, The Wedding Present are always challenging and experimental.
The Wedding Present have had eighteen UK Top 40 hit singles… not bad for a band that has, from its inception, stubbornly refused to play the record industry’s game. It all started in 1985 when David Lewis Gedge boarded a National Express coach in London with 500 records packed into a pair of his mother’s suitcases and, in this fashion, delivered the band’s debut single GO OUT AND GET ‘EM BOY! to a distribution company in Yorkshire. That pioneering spirit has been at the core of the band’s philosophy ever since. From GEORGE BEST, “an unmitigated delight” [NME], the first full-length release on their own Reception Records onwards, the band has charted an appealing, if often eccentric, course of its very own.
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