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The Wedding Present

Feb 01
Venue: Kyps
Address: Mr Kyps 8a Parr Street Lower Parkstone Poole
Telephone number:
BH14 0JY
01202 748945
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"30th Anniversary of Tommy"

The Wedding Present will be playing a short series of concert dates in February 2018 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of their first singles collection, Tommy. Tommy is a compilation which gathers the band’s first four singles and accompanying b-sides and adds selected tracks from two early BBC Radio 1 sessions. It was released, in July 1988, on The Wedding Present’s own record label, Reception Records.


‘Tommy’ provides an overview of the The Wedding Present’s frenetic output before the debut album ‘George Best’. Track-listing : Go Out And Get Em, Boy! / (The Moment Before) Everythings Spoiled Again / Once More / At The Edge Of The Sea / Living And Learning / This Boy Can Wait / You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends / Felicity / What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted? / Never Said / Every Mothers Son / My Favourite Dress “Although it was a few years into their career before they came upon the defining idea of releasing one single a month for an entire year (brilliantly summed up on the two-part Hit Parade), The Wedding Present were, from the very beginning, a singles band first and foremost.

Shortly after the often- excellent but spotty George Best, the band gathered all of their pre-LP singles and EPs onto one handy 12-track disc. Tommy is not only the definitive look at the early Wedding Present, its one of the great albums of the mid-80s U.K. indie scene. The speedy rush of the rhythm section, David Gedges artless vocals and everyday-life lyrics and, most importantly, Pete Solowkas inimitable guitar style (on a scene where seemingly everyone else was mimicking Johnny Marr, Solowkas manic up-and- down strum was instantly recognizable) were so important to the development of this style of music that without these singles, things likely would have sounded very, very different. All 12 tracks are essential indie pop but particular highlights include the definitive reading of Orange Juices ‘Felicity,’ the emotional depths of ‘My Favourite Dress’ and the breakneck, hurtling pace of ‘Go Out And Get Em, Boy!’

This record is part of the British indie canon, every bit as historically and musically important as the Postcard label singles and The Smiths Hatful Of Hollow”. [Reviewed by AllMusic] "The boy Gedge has written some of the best love songs of the Rock&Roll era. You may dispute this but I'm right and you're wrong! - John Peel

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