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  • Audio CD (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00000020R
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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David Gedge may have lacked the looks, charisma and downright strangeness of Morrissey but, for a time, his band The Wedding Present were The Smiths only serious rivals for the title of 'Kings of Bedsit Land.' Identifiably Northern, in the same way as Morrissey and Co, Gedge's flat singing and the hundred-mile-an-hour guitars mitigated against a broader appeal. That said, this album remains a classic of its kind, its kind being frantic, jangly, mid-80s indie pop.

Gedge could also turn a witty phrase or two. How about "At home she tells him little lies/Like onions always make her cry" or my favourite "You're not like anyone I've ever met....well, at least not yet." Twelve words that chart the trajectory of a love affair from initial starry-eyed romance to inevitable disappointment. "Ooh, he sounds like a right bastard!" said my then-girlfriend, with rather too much relish in her voice.

'Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft' will have you whistling its infectious tune a few bars in, 'A Million Miles' recalls the teenage excitement of meeting a new love at a party, and the sickening sadness of "Slowly your beauty is eaten away/By the scent of someone else, in the blankets where we lay" is the stand-out line from 'My Favourite Dress.'

On a more personal note, I also love it because someone with my name gets to play the cad in 'Give My Love To Kevin!'
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When I look back on the late eighties it seemed to me that most of my "alternative" peers were into nothing else but the Smiths. Strangely, they weren't my cup of tea and I gravitated more toward the jingly angst-ridden vocals of the Wedding Present. Each song tells a story. Whether it be your ex copping off with somebody else (My Favourite Dress), your (female) mate having a bit of hassle with her arsehole boyfriend (Shatner) or merely the nightclub pursual of a young lady you've had your eye on for a while (A Million Miles) each song relates to some experience you've probably had sometime in your youth and beyond. While the Smiths spoke to the more pensive and whingey of my gloomy friends, I looked towards Dave Gedge and the boys for moral support and sympathy...and wore out the grooves on my vinyl copy.
A classic album, easily their best and now the expanded CD has the extra tracks that I previously desperately sought after on vinyl in Manchester's Piccadilly Records or Vinyl Exchange and never found. Nobody's Twisting Your Arm, Pourquoi est tu devenu si raisonable... Will the Ukranian folk songs be re-released now too? And what about Tommy?
Marvellous stuff. Even if all the songs do sound the same!! Well worth buying if you're into the Smiths years after the event - see what they were up against!
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By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Feb. 2008
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Every band reforms. Unless they don't need the money in the first place. And even then, the lure of the millions could tempt them. The old band names have a weight and a gravitas : they are assets to be deployed when the allure of the solo project and the spin-off band no longer pulls any weight. Someone makes some phone calls, and the former acrimony is soothed by the promise of a new kitchen to come back and play Brixton Academy.

So.. Is The Wedding Present (2004 version) worth anything? We're not talking Pink Floyd. Or even The Velvet Underground. We're talking an OK selling band that made some pretty good records twenty or so years ago then slowly faded as the inky music weeklies chased the latest fad. But given that the lineup is, in fact, merely a renamed version of the lesser-known Cinerama (David Gedge's post-Wedding Present band) comprising the exact same line up as the final Cinerama gigs, is it really The Wedding Present, or is it a cynical rebranding like Classic Coke?

Well.... It looks, acts, and quacks like a duck, so I suppose it's a duck. On the basis of the music, 72.33 seconds of timeless, could've-been-written-at-anytime guitar, The Wedding Present offer a sort of greatest-hits precis of some of the finest moments of their work and execute the songs with an authentic taste that offers no reinventions or reworkings. Sure, there's some glaring omissions that make clear that The Wedding Present 2005 aren't some mere nostalgia trip : if it was they'd play classics like "Dalliance", "Boing", "Come Up And See Me", "Flying Saucer"and "Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now?" and bafflingly, the best Wedding Present song in years "Interstate 5" is also conspicuous by its absence.
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By Pete VINE VOICE on 30 May 2001
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The Wedding Present are a bit of an acquired taste, although it's an effort well worth making. This album, their first, consists of fairly simple noisy guitar riffs accompanying David Gedge's brilliantly simple and bitter lyrics about awkward snogs and heartless girlfriends.
There are some real classics here, although the album as a whole is quite an effort to get through for the beginner, more so because of the addition of nine extra songs at the end. These are worth the effort though, with old favourites Nobody's Twisting Your Arm and I'm Not Always So Stupid instantly likeable tunes; the highlight, however, is the French translation of Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now - get that accent!
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