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Hit Parade 1

The Wedding Present Audio CD
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The boy Gedge has written some of the best love songs of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Era. You may dispute this, but I’m right and you’re wrong!‘ John Peel.

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. In 1985 David Lewis Gedge boarded a ... Read more in Amazon's The Wedding Present Store

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  • Audio CD (18 Oct 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Manifesto
  • ASIN: B000005DDT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,241 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. blue eyes
2. go-go dancer
3. three
4. silver shorts
5. come play with me
6. california
7. cattle and cane
8. don't cry no tears
9. think that it might
10. falling
11. pleasant valley sunday
12. let's make some plans

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The better half of The Hit Parade 17 July 2001
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
This collection takes in the first six releases that the Weddoes made in 1992...Perhaps the one single a month was too much in the end- the quality tails off with the last couple of singles...The Weddoes had been getting better & better- moving from the Orange Juice/Smiths C86 sound to something harsher- with the help of Steve Albini...Having exhausted their trademark tuneful guitars on 'Bizarro's 'Take Me' they reinvented themselves with the Big Black/Rapeman/Pixies/Jesus Lizard recorder. This lead to a wonderful sonic thrash- that complemented Gedge's emotional downs & ups...So, 'The Hit Parade' was a more commercial move- back to the pop of 'My favourite Dress' or 'Nobodys twisting your arm'...Three of the A-sides are as good as the best of The Weddoes: 'Blue Eyes', 'Come Play with Me' & 'California'. While 'Three' and 'Go Go Dancer' are ok affairs- the latter sounding like a 'George Best' track backed by Sonic Youth. 'Silver Shorts' is inconsiquential and a bit of a filler...The b-sides are all covers- a faithful rendition of Neil Young's 'Don't Cry No Tears' (from 'Zuma') , which is as good as Teenage Fanclub's. A great version of the classic 'Cattle & Cane' by The Go-Betweens (which lead me to a lovely 'Best of' of theirs!); tho' I can't imagine Yorkshire having fields of cane!...The Altered Images cover is a good take on a bad song; The Monkees 'Pleasant Valley Sunday' is a classic-well suited to the jovial tunes of The Weddoes...This compilation is worth getting for the annihilation of Julee Cruise's 'Falling'-the 'Twin Peaks' theme written by David Lynch & Angelo Badalamenti- what seems like a bad joke turns out brilliantly. Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soaring power pop fun 21 Jan 2003
By doublegone TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The Wedding Present (tongues no doubt in cheek) attempted to have a hit record every month for a year (or something like that).
The theory went that if their small but determined fan base all bought the singles in the same week then they would chart.
It worked I think.
These are the tunes involved. I really like them. Melodic thrash. Power Pop, whatever you want to call it - its great.
The cover of the Monkees' Pleasant Valley Sunday is a particular winner.
The band plays quite brutally but the tracks are all hook laden pop gems. Its a sad reflection that the only way this stuff could chart was through a publicity stunt with the fans.
Ah well, its an unfair world I suppose.
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3.0 out of 5 stars HITS 10 April 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm collecting Chart Hits and this contains a number of them but it's not my choice of music . .
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great singles on a great compliation 29 July 1998
By Michael Gonsiska - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Weddos took a beating for releasing a single-a-month from the music press, but this complition of the first 6 singles proves to everyone they rised to the challenge and prevailed. The first six songs are written by the Wedding Present, they are thrilling, load guitar rock. The extra joy of the CD is the songs they cover and how they interupt them. They range from Neil Young to Julie Cruise to The Monkees.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wear your silver shorts today 26 April 2006
By Stargrazer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The issue here is not the source of the songs -- it's immaterial whether these are from "one single a month" or whether they were conceived whole-cloth. Critics tend to get bogged down in the backstory of albums.

Just put the CD in your player, press play, and listen. THEN judge. Simple!

You'll find songs that race along a little faster than Seamonsters, by turns sunnier or scrubbier (as befits a singles collection) than that pleasing dirge of an album. And there's a bunch of intriguing/oddball covers (Julee Cruise? Neil Young??), a few of which might even slip by casual listeners unnoticed.

This one is an ideal Wedding Present album for summer drives or late mornings, ably demonstrating the band's ability to have fun.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, I'm surprised to see this here... 20 Nov 2000
By Zentao - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
And even more surprised to see some reviews...
I think Gedge has crafted some amazing lyrics, best exemplified on "Blue Eyes" and "Three", in the typical boy-girl relationship breakup theme. I also really enjoy the jangly-guitar-with-feedback style of their music.
This stands alone as one of the finer moments of early 90's angsty new-wave-alternative genres.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A dark star 22 Nov 1999
By S. Maruta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As always with the Wedding Present, a minialistic sleeve won't even tell you who you have to credit for the original versions of the 'reprises'. But it doesn't really matter because the songs they borrow instantly turn into genuine WP songs, and these are as good, in that understated kind of way, as any by David Gedge's band.
4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh Boy... 28 Nov 2001
By P. J. Cann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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.
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