‘The Wedding Present: Locked Down And Stripped Back’
Album released 26th February 2021 via Scopitones
From the swagger of ‘A Million Miles’ (George Best, 1987) and ‘California’ (Hit Parade, 1992), to the joyous, previously unreleased ‘We Should Be Together’ – featuring a special guest appearance from Sleeper singer Louise Wener – Locked Down And Stripped Back is an unexpected treat. Elsewhere, a re-working of ‘You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends’ – originally released as a single in 1986 – and a truly epic version of ‘Crawl’ (3 Songs EP, 1990), despite their ‘stripped back’ delivery, still pack a proverbial punch, while ‘You’re Just A Habit That I’m Trying to Break’ – a new song co-written with new guitarist Jon Stewart – is classic Wedding Present. Furthermore, bassist Melanie Howard takes over vocal duties on the sumptuous ‘Sports Car’ (Mini, 1995), while none of Gedge’s famous sardonic wit is lost on the majestic ‘My Favourite Dress’ (George Best, 1987).
Forming in 1985, The Wedding Present are one of the UK’s most longstanding and much-loved indie bands, with eighteen British Top 40 hit singles and numerous albums to their name. From debut album 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. The band released their ninth studio album, Going, Going…, to critical acclaim in 2016.
In 2017, to commemorate the 30th anniversary George Best, The Wedding Present released George Best 30, featuring new versions of the original twelve songs, recorded by Steve Albini. 2017 also saw the publication of Sometimes These Words Just Don’t Have To Be Said – a 450 page ‘fanthology’ of the band.
In 2018, KneejerkFilm released Something Left Behind – a feature length documentary telling the story of the George Best album. The film, which featured interviews with all four original band members, appeared at several film festivals.
In 2019, The Wedding Present released Tommy 30 which was comprised of new versions of the early songs featured on their first singles compilation Tommy (1988). In the summer of 2019 Gedge fulfilled a long held ambition by releasing a Wedding Present picture disc entitled Jump in, The Water’s Fine, which featured specially commissioned artwork by Darren Hayman. 2019 also saw the publication of Sleevenotes, a book in which Gedge described the background to his songwriting and recording.
2020 will see the release of Go Out And Get ’Em, Boy! – the first volume of Gedge’s official autobiography (it’s in comic book form!) and Not From Where I’m Standing – a charity album of Bond themes recorded by past and present members of The Wedding Present. A crowd-funder set up for a musical to be based on Gedge’s songs was also recently reached and is now in development.
All twelve Wedding Present ‘lockdown videos’ are available to view on YouTube at WeddingPresentTV.
‘A Million Miles’ (Originally appeared on George Best, 1987)
‘California’ (Originally appeared on the Hit Parade, 1992)
‘Starry Eyed’ (Originally appeared on Cinerama’s Torino, 2002)
‘We Should Be Together’ ft. Louise Wener (Previously unreleased)
‘You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends’ (Originally released as a single, 1986)
‘Granadaland’ (Originally appeared on Bizarro, 1989)
‘You’re Just A Habit That I’m Trying To Break’ (Previously unreleased)
‘Crawl’ (Originally appeared on the ‘3 Songs EP’, 1990)
‘Sports Car’ (Originally appeared on ‘Mini’, 1995)
‘Deer Caught In The Headlights’ (Originally appeared on Valentina, 2012)
‘Blonde’ (Originally appeared on Seamonsters, 1991)
‘My Favourite Dress’ (Originally appeared on George Best, 1987)