When I see this given 5 stars I'm really taken aback: don't get me wrong I utterly loved the Wedding Present in the late 80's and early 90's, so much so that I bought the disc under review, Hit Parade 2, Watusi, and then...( fade to grey). I still think Bizarro and Seamonsters are utterly fantastic, and George Best is sort of fun every once in a while, but Hit Parade was for me one of the Wedding Present's lamest moments. Born of a "should have been left in the pub where it was conceived" idea, (12 singles, one per month, with two songs per release if I recall correctly), and reflecting the depth of the idea in the final product: utterly facile. The sad part was hearing Gedge et al trying to sound cool about the whole project yet leaking real pride about getting more top ten singles in a year than (name your favourite artist... Elvis? The Beatles?).
One listen wonders like "falling", forgettable A-sides, and a distinct loss of momentum: I swear that on some songs you can almost hear the calls of "it's due tomorrow, just do something..." in the background. All right, I don't swear that!
My advice? Steer well clear, or at least have a good listen before parting with your currency of choice.