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Watusi

Q Magazine, October, 1994

THE WEDDING PRESENT
Watusi
ISLAND CID 8014

Scientists may blame the heat for a recent rise in "global irrationality", but 18 months without a Wedding Present record may well have played its own small part. They are among those bands formed in the quite hot crucible of the 1980s indie scene who do not go away. RCA-ditched after 12 hits in 12 months in 1992, David Gedge bounces back: new label, newly minted line-up, old, old formula. Unmistakably Wedding Present-esque, no-one could accuse Watusi, recorded in Seattle, of goalpost-tampering. Slowies Gazebo and Big Rat present a tenderer side to the eternally "chucked" songsmith, and Click Click's a cappella coda (with Heather Lewis) would soften any cynic. Business as usual? Largely. A bad thing? Not entirely. ***

Andrew Collins

   
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