The moment's gone (a tribute to The Wedding Present)

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The Wedding Present Rap by Stephen Eastwood

Channel 4 Teletext, Thursday 3rd July 1997

Long-serving, and often under-rated, guitar pop band the wedding present have always been a fave with indie diehards since the days of their debut LP George Best back in the mid-80s.

They're taking a break at the moment, but this week sees the release of an album of a dozen classic Radio One Evening sessions from the band, spanning the years 1986-1994.

We caught up with lead Weddoe David Gedge to find out more about the album.

Is it odd lstening to your early stuff like My Favorite Dress now? "It came as a bit of a shock when I heard the album actually." "It's so long since I wrote those early songs and I feel like a completely different person now." "In your review, you preferred the early songs, but I'm the opposite. When I heard the first four songs my reaction was 'I don't like this at all!' The final session's much better."

What are your favourite tracks on the new album? "You can never be totally objective, but it has to be the later tracks" "They're so much more expermental. Hot Pants is like a surf song. Catwoman is long, drawn out and full of arty-farty nonsense. Click Click has weird vocals." "The LP is strange for me though as it's spread over so many years, and 3 line-up changes. I'm the only original member of the band, so I guess I'll have to be the next to go!"

When recording a Radio One session, you're not actually in the studio with the DJ, are you? "No, it's totally pre-recorded, but it's live in a way." You're only in the studio for a day, so whatever you've done you'll never get the chance to alter it. It's not like recording an album where you can spend 6 months on a snare sound." "I can't listen back to my records without criticising. I always want to change a rhyme or soften the drums."

When you started, indie was very much underground, but now it's everywhere. How do you feel about that? "It's great. Then, you could only find indie stuff on Johhn Peel or Janice Long's shows, but Radio One play it all day now. Back then they were the enemy." "Ironically, in many ways the music papers have become more conservative, covering just a handful of bands like Pulp, Blur and
Oasis. It's as though the roles have reversed."

You live in Leeds, what are your views on the supposed goth revival? "To be honest, I wasn't living here at the time when it was the goth capital of Britain or whatever, but there are still some around now." "You can tell where they live because of the chicken bones in front of their houses and fishnet in the windows." "I think goths are sexy, actually. You think goth girls are always fat? Well, the sexy goth girls are sexy anyway!"

So what the jiggins are you up to now? "Apart from releasing this album, we're taking a year off. We were so busy last year - we went to America three times and toured all over Europe. It was our busiest year ever for concerts." "The icing on the cake was me moving house - I'd rather not be away for months at a time right now. You get to the point where you start to miss Coronation Street. We got a bit jaded, so we're relaxing now. I am still writing new songs though...."

The Weddoes' Evening Sesh LP is out now.


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