February 1995 Newsletter number one february 1995
This is the first of our fantastic redesigned newsletters, which will come as a big relief to those of you who struggled to read my handwritten tomes! It's now beginning to get busy, following a relaxed start to 1995 while we recovered from last year's exhausting schedule. After a fortnight's tour of the UK, we jetted off for six weeks in North America, which ended with the band's debut appearance on American TV (NBC's Conan O'Brien Show) playing Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah...This was followed by a brief stint in Europe, from which we returned just in time for some last minute Christmas shopping!
The only shows lined up so far this year are all in March, in France. As with any tour dates it's possible that there may be changes from the following list, so please check before making travel arrangements!
11th Nantes Chapiteau Gala
(*inspiration for a recent W.P. instrumental!)
And, speaking of things Gallic, the next live tape will be from the December 1994 show in Strasbourg; hopefully it'll be ready by the end of March (the price will be the same as the four previous cassettes detailed in the merchandise '94 leaflet). And while I'm on the subject of merchandise, we'll probably end up selling all the remaining current T-shirts on the French tour, so if you've got your eye on one of the current designs, this might be your last chance.
So that all you North Americans out there don't think we've forgotten about you, I should tell you that the idiosyncratically named Canadian label Pearls From The Past are about to give Tommy it's first ever release on your side of the Atlantic. And if Bizarre Planet Records in California (who've already released Seamonsters and the Hit Parade compilations) finalise their negotiations with RCA for Bizarro, we might finally have every Wedding Present album available for you.
Lastly, we're offering a copy of the Japanese edition of Hit Parade 1, with all the original packaging intact. A must for any collector!
That's all for now...Sally
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June 1995 Newsletter number two june 1995
Howdy. The big news for this time is that although the last tour went extremely well and had, as its high point, the spectacle of Paul clad in a Hawaiian shirt being filmed by French TV, Dick Daling his way through a fiery version of Le Bikini at the Toulouse venue of the same name, we were all sad to learn that this would turn out to be one of his final appearances in the band. Yep, it's time for one of them there Wedding Present line-up changes again, except that on this occasion the group will carry on as a 3-piece, drafting in extra musicians for shows and recordings as the need arises, which brings us neatly to the following imminent live dates:
June 20th Leicester Princess Charlotte (0116) 255 3956
The Huddersfield concert is a benefit for the 1995 Unity Festival Against Discrimination. There's also a large chance of some concerts in Ireland just before Phoenix. As with any tour dates, it's possible that there may be changes, so please check before travelling. If you do manage to get to any of these dates, you'd be advised to bring along some extra cash... that is, if you wish to take advantage of the fabulous Wedding Present T-shirt Sale! Yes, the prices of all Hit Parade shirts (numbers remaining are: 2, 8 & 9 -short sleeved and 3, 4, 7 & 11 -long sleeved) and the short sleeved "Ding Ding Dink" shirt have been reduced to just $8 (ss) & $12 (ls). This offer applies to mail-order customers too, of course, but please note that sizes and numbers are limited, so try and give alternatives. Let's see, what else can we flog you? Oh, yes, the new official live bootleg's now available (pto) and we still have selected copies of the Hit Parade 7" singles in stock ($5 inc. p&p) as well as the singles presentation boxes ($5 inc p&p). North American readers will also be pleased to hear that our early compilation album, Tommy was finally released in your neck of the woods by "Pearls From The Past Records" in April.
A couple more points... Please note that Leigh Hunt, who's just about ready to close polling on his Wedding Present song survey (details from: 4, Roebuck Close, Ashtead, Surrey KT21 2DN, England) is not connected to the band, and so can't answer questions about us! Meanwhile, Darren Bugg, who's kindly been helping us with our computer recently, is thinking about doing a fanzine. If anyone's interested in getting involved and would like to drop us a line, we'd be pleased to pass on your letters to him.
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a new live tape
recorded in France, December 1994
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September 1995 Newsletter number three september 1995
Shock News! The Coverbridge Inn Music Festival is OFF, and The Wedding Present will therefore not be playing anywhere on 2nd September. The band would like to apologise to anybody who was looking forward to seeing Saturday's show, but stress that the cancellation was due to events beyond their control.
Actually, I've often thought that if you were to list all the countries in the world in order of "suitability to hold a rock festival", Britain would be floundering at the bottom of the table. Why? Well, because it rains! It rains a lot! And yet we do seem to host more than everybody else put together, and The Wedding Present have treaded the boards at most of them. This year it was back to The Phoenix Festival, where the band's new two drummer line-up was paraded for the first time in this country. The drizzle started halfway through the set.... pretty much immediately after David had noted that it was nice and sunny, in fact, but it didn't appear to spoil anyone's enjoyment too much. The show was recorded by the BBC and broadcast as part of the John Peel Programme on Radio 1 the following day, and filmed by ITV, to be broadcast as a feature on The Beat "sometime in October".
But anyway, as if to prove my point, the following fortnight we were whisked away to sunny Spain, where, unlike England, people were still walking around in T-Shirts and shorts as they trailled home from night-clubs at.... 7.30 a.m.! This last point can be verified by David and Hugh who had, erm, "difficulty in finding a taxi back to the hotel". They also had difficulty standing... but that's another story.
Oh... have I introduced you to Hugh? Well, he's the new 2nd. drummer, and he plays in Doncaster band Beachbuggy, and he's joined by the new bass player Jayne, who used to be in Tse Tse Fly. (Darren's now the guitarist). Jayne's other talents include singing, while Hugh can often be spotted seated at the piano or on the shoulders of someone in the audience.
Last month the group went into the studio to do some recording. Initially they were planning to just put down a version of "Jet Girl" for inclusion on Saturday Night Special No.3. This is the latest in a series of E.P.'s to feature recordings from bands who have played at Sheffield's famous night-spot. It's out on October 2nd., on Leadmill Records, inevitably, (distributed by Vital) but you will also be able to buy it for £3 including postage and packaging directly from the venue itself (The Leadmill, 6-7, Leadmill Road, Sheffield S1 4SE) The other bands on the E.P. will be The Apartments, Heights Of Abraham and Speedy. While they were in recording mode, however, The Wedding Present managed to knock out a couple more top tunes, and I refer you to the other side of this piece of paper for further details.
Meanwhile, over in France, a fanzine has just released an E.P. featuring The Beatnik Filmstars, Boyracer, Hem and a live version of "So Long, Baby" recorded at the 1994 Reading Festival. Yes, I know.... it took them a while, okay! They promised to let us have a few to sell via our fabulous mail order service, but unfortunately we haven't seen hide nor hair of them yet. Drop me a line if you're interested. If you're desperate (or live in France, perhaps) their address is Ti-Moog, c/o Dinsdale, 97 rue St. Antoine, 75004 Paris.
You might remember that last time, we mentioned Darren Bugg, who was thinking about doing a fanzine. Well, it's now exclusively going to be about The Wedding Present, so if you were put off thinking about contributing because you were scared that he might be writing about The Rockingbirds or something, worry no longer, and drop him a line care of us.
Leigh Hunt's now closed the polls on his fantastic Wedding Present survey. If you'd like a copy of the facts and figures in full, send us a stamped addressed envelope or a couple of IRC's, and we'll forward the details. In the meantime I'll just let you know here that the highest rated song was Kennedy and Keith Bittner in the United States won the prize draw.
And finally, Esther... I just thought I'd mention that, if you're a subscriber to the Newsletter Mailing List, it might be useful if we had a telephone number for you. Well, you never know, do you?
Toodle Pip... Sally
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October 1995 Newsletter number four october 1995
Lots of stuff for you this time, so Ill omit the preamble and hit you straight away with all the hot news!
Firstly, the band are pleased to announce that they have now signed to COOKING VINYL RECORDS of London. For those of you who havent heard of this company before, its Britains biggest genuinely independent label, and already home to such diverse artists as Billy Bragg, Detrimental, Pere Ubu and, yes, your old mates The Ukrainians. For their part, The Wedding Present are pleased to have escaped from the often politically motivated whims of major label employees! Cooking Vinyl typically licence recordings to other independents all round the world, although they have their own office in the U.S.A. Having said all that, you may be aware that the bands current release, the 7" single Sucker isnt on any label, being available (in Britain, anyway) only by mail order or on the imminent tour, the dates of which I will now lovingly display:
The concert on November 16th is part of THE CAMDEN CRAWL where 15 bands, including Gallon Drunk and Quickspace Supersport, will be playing at 5 venues in Camden. Ticket holders will be entitled to admission to any of the shows, plus a free CD featuring tracks from all the bands involved. The Wedding Presents contribution is the version of Jet Girl that recently appeared on that SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL E.P. As with any tour dates, its always possible that there might be changes to this list, so you are advised to check with the venue before making travelling arrangements. Following the tour, the group will be recording their 11th session for John Peel.
Turning our attention to the airwaves, those of you living in The British Isles may be interested to hear that David is featured in THE CHART RUNDOWN, a program about the pop charts, on Radio 1 at 7pm on Sunday 12th November, (immediately after the, erm, chart rundown, actually) while the whole band can be seen performing Swimming Pools, Movie Stars and being ridiculed for doing so by an audience of Troggs fans on THE ESTHER PROGRAM on BBC2 TV on Friday 17th November. Before anyone writes in, can I just say that the bass player on the telly is not Jayne Lockey, who will, of course, be on the tour, but one Nicola Hodgkinson from fellow Leeds band Boyracer. Jayne was on holiday.
What else? Oh, yes, I suppose its about time for my periodic announcement that we do have copies of selected items from the groups extensive back catalogue in the office, including all the Hit Parade 7" singles except the first one. Before paying extortionate collectors prices, please contact us, even if youve been previously told that we didnt have the item youre after, since, occasionally, fresh deposits of old stuff are, rather mysteriously, made available to us! Also although we don't have an updated merchandise leaflet yet, we do have two new shirts. One is a yellow short sleeved shirt, with SUCKER printed in purple across the front (8 pounds plus postage). The second is a polo shirt (short sleeved, collar) in either royal blue or black, with the elipse logo across the left breast (12 pounds plus postage.)
Finally, Id like to draw your attention to a couple of tribute compilation LPs featuring your favourite pop combo... On Monday 6th November, MANIFESTO RECORDS release Step Right Up: The songs of Tom Waits while DARK BELOVED CLOUD / QUIXOTIC RECORDS have already released Dead Beat Descendants. Details of these and many other fabulous releases can be found overleaf.
And I guess thatll do for now. See you on the tour!
The Wedding Present New Releases
sucker c/w waiting on the guns
so long, baby
red shoes by the drugstore
January 1996 Newsletter number five january 1996
Hello Again. Well, 1995 certainly ended with a bang! The intimate-venues-in-towns-nobody- ever-plays tour went extremely well, and, though I should commiserate with those of you who didnt manage to get a ticket for the shows that sold out, those who did get into a concert or two will agree that the atmosphere was electric. More gigs follow (see overleaf), but the first date for your diary is the 22nd. of this month when the band release their debut for COOKING VINYL RECORDS.
This is a six track release on CD and limited edition 10" vinyl called MINI and the songs featured are: MERCURY, CONVERTIBLE, SPORTS CAR, DRIVE, LOVE MACHINE, and GO, MAN, GO. BBC Radio 1 listeners may recognise some of these titles, since versions of the last 4 in this list were recorded for the band's 11th session for The John Peel Show (broadcast on 16/12/95). While Im on the subject of Peel, watch out for a This Is Your Life special on the great man, which was recorded just before Christmas and features a terrified looking David as one of the surprise guests! Weve been told that this will be shown on January 24th.
Before I leave the topic of MINI I should mention the FANTASTIC PRIZE DRAW. Inside every copy of the album youll find an entry form which could win you an actual, real life, classic Austin Mini... the one pictured on the LP sleeve, in fact! All youll have to do is fill in your name and address, send it back to us by the end of February, and by spring you could be driving around in your very own Wedding Present motor car. Unfortunately, this competition is only open to residents of The United Kingdom.
A couple more things to watch out for in the week that Mini appears, are The Wedding Presents first ever live British in-store performances. The Virgin Megastores the place to be on January 24th in London and 25th in Manchester, where the band will be performing a short set, starting at about 1pm. Finally people living in London can hear a Wedding Present session broadcast live, as it happens, on GLRs Phil Jupitus Show at 12 noon on Friday 26th.
The debut issue of ORANGE SLICES, a 40 page magazine devoted entirely to The Wedding Present is out now. Theres an exclusive interview with David and lots of lovely features about the worlds most complex pop group, and it can be yours for 1.20 (1.50 Europe, 1.90 The Rest of The World) including p&p. Cheques should be made payable to Darren Bugg and sent to him care of us at the address at the foot of this page. (N.B. you must put c/o The Wedding Present on the envelope because letters addressed simply to Darren Bugg, P.O. Box HP25, etc. may be returned to you by the Post Office).
What else? Oh, yes, I suppose its about time for my periodic announcement that we do have copies of selected items from the groups extensive back catalogue in the office, including all the Hit Parade 7" singles except the first one, and the Singles Presentation Box. Before paying extortionate collectors prices, please contact us, even if youve been previously told that we didnt have the item youre after, since, occasionally, fresh deposits of old stuff are, rather mysteriously, made available to us!
May 1996 Newsletter number six may 1996
Ahoy there shipmates
Its a little later than Id planned but here, finally is a slinky new
The North American Tour was rather more stressful, since we had to drive
And before we go any further, let me reassure you all that, yes, we did
Following the radio broadcast from Leeds, the band have now accepted an
June 19 Swindon LEVEL 3 01793 534238
As with any tour dates you are advised to check with the venue before
The group are currently working on new songs with a view to recording a
The second issue of Orange Slices will be out soon. More details will be
August 1996 Newsletter number seven august 1996
: NEW LINE-UP : NEW SINGLE : NEW ALBUM : NEW TOUR-DATES :
Yep, it's been all go here at Wedding Present HQ, but I am pleased to be able to let you know that the band have now completed their latest batch of recordings at the Cocteau Twins' studio in Twickenham, and are about to release a new album called SATURNALIA.
The album, which was completed last month despite David being nearly hit by lightning, is released by Cooking Vinyl Records as a CD, cassette and limited edition double 10" LP on Monday 9th September. It's also preceded by a brand new limited edition single called 2, 3, GO which appears as a 7" and a CD on August 19th. Meanwhile the group is busy rehearsing for plenty of live appearances, namely:
August 15th Amsterdam Paradiso
The band will be supported by Bis in Amsterdam, The Raincoats in America, Livingstone in Dublin and Beatnik Filmstars and The Delgados in London. Supports for the October concerts are still unconfirmed. As with any tour dates, it's always possible that there might be changes, so you are advised to check with the venue before making travelling arrangements. (I'm sorry I don't have the telephone numbers of all the venues). There will be further continental European dates in October and then the band will return to North America in November. Full details of these tours will be in my next bulletin. If you would like to obtain subsequent issues of the newsletter you can subscribe to the Newsletter Mailing List by sending us a stamp or, if you're not in the U.K., an international reply coupon (available from post offices) for each future copy you'd like to receive (there are about 4 or 5 a year). Please note that you won't automatically receive every newsletter by simply being on our database, because it would cost us a flippin' fortune. Please include a telephone number if you are able. And by the way, it'd be very useful if you let us know if you received more than one copy of this one*. (The address is at the foot of the page).
The new addition to the ranks of Britain's most complicated pop group is Simon Cleave, which completes The Wedding Present's semi-annexation of Tse Tse Fly, the Leeds band which formerly featured both him and bass player Jayne Lockey. Meanwhile, Jayne herself is exclusively interviewed in the second issue of "Orange Slices", the Wedding Present fanzine which is edited by Darren Bugg and also contains an up to date UK discography of the band. I have no involvement with this magazine, but I can pass on enquiries if you write to Darren c/o The Wedding Present at the address below. The price per copy is 1.20 Pounds including postage and packaging. North Americans can obtain a copy for US$3.50 from Kevin Behrens c/o "Orange Slices USA", Box 54542, Atlanta, GA 30308.
The completists amongst you will never forgive me if I don't let you know that the band are featured on a couple of current compilations. "Come Play With Me" The Wedding Present's top ten smash hit from 1992 resurfaces on "True Brit", a Britpop double album released by Polygram. There is also an exclusive acoustic version of "Sports Car" on "Grants Not Loans", which is a benefit CD released by the Campaign For Free Education, an apolitical body opposed to student loans on Delirium Records (through Pinnacle) in October, price 10 Pounds.
North American readers may also be pleased to hear that Manifesto Records have just re-released the American version of Bizarro, which has been unavailable for six years. They also have Seamonsters and the Hit Parade albums, which means, since George Best and Tommy have been re-issued by Pearls From The Past Records, that the whole WP back catalogue is now finally available in North America. I'll give you the addresses of these labels at the end of this newsletter.
Back here, I'm sorry to say that the release of the next official live bootleg tape has been unavoidably delayed, but, again, I hope to bring you full details in Newsletter No.8. And with that, I'll be off to take my seat on the Wedding Present's poptastic tourbus.
See you on the tour... and don't forget that while the band's away, the office closes, so don't worry if you don't get an immediate reply to your letters.
January 1997 Newsletter number nine january 1997
Happy New Year!
Yep, a new year, a new newsletter, and a new single!
Cooking Vinyl Records Present
In 3 fabulous limited edition formats:
Two x 99p 7" singles and one x 4-track CD
The song Montreal is taken from the hit album Saturnalia also released by Cooking Vinyl Records
Released: Monday 13 January 1997
Thanks to the many thousands of you who came to see The Wedding Present on tour last year. I hope you enjoyed the shows in Europe and North America. The concerts went very well, but I think the highlight for the band might have been meeting Little Richard in their hotel lobby in Los Angeles! Peter Buck from REM was also hovering round the mixing desk at the Seattle show, but unfortunately was told "Oy... you can't stand there, mate!" by John, our Brummie sound engineer... so bang goes that stadium support slot, I suppose. Instead, there have been some more modest concerts arranged to celebrate the release of Montreal, namely:
As with any tour dates, it's always possible that there might be changes, so you are advised to check with the venue before making travelling arrangements.
In the week that the single is released, there are also a couple of live radio sessions to look out for. The band will be playing on Virgin 1215's Paul Coyte Show at 6pm on January 16th., and then those of you in the London area can catch them around noon on GLR the following day.
Darren Bugg apologises for the slight delays in the production of issue 3 of his Wedding Present fanzine ORANGE SLICES, but is pleased to inform us that it should be out by the end of February, and will contain part two of the popular discography and a WP family tree. He's accepting orders now. I have no involvement with this magazine, but I can pass on enquiries if you write to Darren c/o The Wedding Present at the address below. The price per copy is £1.30 including postage and packaging, cheques made payable to Darren Bugg. North Americans can obtain a copy for US$3.50 from Kevin Behrens c/o "Orange Slices", Box 54542, Atlanta, GA 30308. Back Issues of 1 & 2 are still available.
Good news for anyone who sent in an order before Christmas and has yet to receive anything.... I'm now back in the office after being away on tour with the band. However, amazingly enough, the Portsmouth Live tape is still not ready, but if you've ordered a copy, you'll be hearing from me soon. Thank you for your patience!
The red skinny-fit V-neck "2 3 Go" shirts proved to be so popular that we've had some made up in XL for those of you who aren't emaciated wretches. Unfortunately, this proved to be quite expensive, so we'll have to charge =£12 for them (the same price as the polo shirts). For postal rates, see the mail-order leaflet that should accompany this newsletter.
May 1997 Newsletter number ten may 1997
Hello folks from the Leeds office of The Wedding Present. Here is the new official newsletter.
newsletter number ten
a new album!
June 9th will see The Wedding Present releasing "The Evening Sessions 1986-1994" on Strange Fruit Records (Catalogue Number SFRSCD029). This long awaited compact disc compiles three sessions recorded by the band at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios exclusively for the award winning Radio 1 show, and follows in the tradition set by "John Peel Sessions 1987-1990" which was released (also by Strange Fruit) in 1993.
The tracks included on the three sessions are:
1. Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft, Shatner, My Favourite Dress, I Found That Essence Rare (Recorded 20/04/86)
2. Sticky, No Christmas, Loveslave, The Queen Of Outer Space (Recorded 17/10/92)
3. Click Click, It's A Gas, Hot Pants, Catwoman (Recorded 7/9/94)
First of all, thanks to everyone who bought a copy of Montreal, and helped the band to have their 17th UK Top 40 hit single! I know many of you saw the video on The ITV Chart Show, but my apologies to those who missed the GLR and Virgin 1215 live radio sessions that were broadcast in the week the single was released... I'm afraid David told me the wrong dates.
It's fairly quiet for the time being here at WP HQ. After the hectic schedule of 1996, the band have decided to take some time off this year. Consequently, there are no plans to tour at the moment, but I'll naturally let you know as soon as this changes. In the meantime, American readers might like to check out interviews with David in Pop Culture Press 41 (PO Box 150423, Austin TX 78715-0423) and Uno Mas 13 (PO Box 1832, Silver Spring MD 20915) while here in Britain you could peruse a short article he wrote for high brow British magazine The Argotist (348 Vine House, Mulberry Court, Liverpool L7 7EZ)
The third issue of Orange Slices, The Wedding Present fanzine, is out now, featuring part 2 of the Wedding Present discography, and an exclusive interview with guitarist Simon Cleave. I have no involvement with this magazine, but I can pass on enquiries if you write to Darren c/o The Wedding Present at our address. The price per copy is £1.30 including postage and packaging, cheques made payable to Darren Bugg. North Americans can obtain a copy for US$3.75 from Kevin Behrens c/o "Orange Slices", Box 54542, Atlanta, GA 30308. Back Issues of 1 & 2 are still available. Darren sincerely apologises for the delay!
An American group called Class recently released a 7" single featuring a cover version of The Wedding Present's "I'm Not Always So Stupid". For more details, write to the label, Double Agent, at: #3204, 188 East 64th Street, New York City, NY 10021, USA. (or: www.doubleagent.com)
As some of you will know, due to circumstances beyond our control, the 1995 Portsmouth concert never became Live Tape No.14, as promised, and it has now been replaced by a recording of the band playing live in Rouen, France, in March 1995. Featured tracks are: So Long, Baby, Blue Eyes, It's A Gas, Dare, Dalliance, Click Click, Three, Spangle, Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah, Loveslave, Jet Girl, Kennedy, Come Play With Me, Gazebo, California, Catwoman and Swimming Pools, Movie Stars. The price, as always, is £3.50 plus postage and packing (see below). Keeping on this topic, we are considering a release of the band playing live last year at The Shelter in Detroit, USA, and wonder if anybody out there has a ticket or flyer or anything connected with the gig or the venue that we might be able to use for the cover artwork.
Finally, gripped by a spate of seasonal insanity, we've decided to launch a sensational stock-clearing summer sale of the grey Saturnalia polo shirts! We have reduced the price of this classic shirt (it's the one with the Saturnalia logo over the left breast, in case you haven't seen the "Merchandise 1996/7" leaflet) by 50% to just £6! However, this is only until the next newsletter, or while stocks last, so get a move on! (Sizes: Medium, Large or Extra Large).
For more details about postage costs or about merchandise generally write to The Wedding Present, PO Box HP 25, Leeds, LS6 1RU, United Kingdom.
October 1997 Newsletter number eleven october1997
GEORGE BEST IS BACK
Cooking Vinyl Records are re-releasing The Wedding Present's debut album, George Best, on Monday 13th October 1997 - exactly ten years and a day after its original release, although not quite in its original form....
The album has been re-mastered, re-packaged, and re-titled GEORGE BEST PLUS to signify that nine extra tracks have been added, namely the songs from The Wedding Present's two 1988 EPs Nobody's Twisting Your Arm and Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now?
NB: George Best Plus will be released on CD and as a strictly limited (to: 1,500!) edition boxed set of four 10" EPs
The track listing in full is:
Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft, What Did Your Last Servant Die Of?, Don't Be So Hard, A Million Miles, All This And More, Getting Nowhere Fast, My Favourite Dress, Shatner, Something And Nothing, It's What You Want That Matters, Give My Love To Kevin, Anyone Can Make A Mistake, You Can't Moan Can You?, All About Eve, Nobody's Twisting Your Arm, Nothing Comes Easy, Don't Laugh, I'm Not Always So Stupid, Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now?, Not From Where I'm Standing, Give My Love To Kevin (Acoustic), Getting Better and Pourquoi Es Tu Devenue Si Raisonnable?
On the same day, Cooking Vinyl will also be re-releasing Tommy, The Wedding Present's compilation of early singles (including the very first!) and BBC session tracks from 1985 to 1987. This will be a mid-price CD.
The songs on Tommy are:
Go Out And Get 'Em, Boy!, (The Moment Before) Everything's Spoiled Again, Once More, At The Edge Of The Sea, Living And Learning, This Boy Can Wait, You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends, Felicity, What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted?, Never Said, Every Mother's Son and My Favourite Dress (single version)
The catalogue number for George Best Plus is COOK CD 134, (COOK 134 for the boxed set) while Tommy will be COOK CD 135. The albums have been re-mastered to a higher digital capability than was available in the late 80s.
The fourth issue of Orange Slices, The Wedding Present fanzine, will be out in early 1998. I have no involvement with this magazine, but I can pass on inquiries if you write to Darren c/o The Wedding Present at our address. The price per copy is £1-30 including postage and packaging, cheques made payable to Darren Bugg. North Americans can obtain a copy for US$3.75 from Kevin Behrens c/o "Orange Slices", Box 54542, Atlanta, GA 30308. Back Issues of 1, 2 & 3 are still available.
Some of you may remember the problems we had with the recording of The Wedding Present playing live in Portsmouth, England (November 1995). We had hoped this would become live tape number 14, but the person who had the master DAT went to the far east for 6 months! The release was continually delayed and eventually replaced by a tape of the band playing in Rouen.
However, I'm now pleased to be able to announce that thanks to our good friend Rocker in Bristol, a copy of this master tape has finally returned to our possession, and therefore Portsmouth 1995 hereby becomes Wedding Present Live Tape Number 15...
The track listing (yes, another one) is:
Drive, Sticky, Swimming Pools Movie Stars, Crawl, Love Machine, It's A Gas, Sports Car, Dare, Sucker, Skin Diving, Rotterdam, Brassneck, The Queen Of Outer Space, Convertible, Click Click, Yeah x 5, Silver Shorts, and Go, Man, Go.
The price is £3.50 (GBP) plus postage and packing. The usual p&p rules apply, a tape being 1 unit.
Over the last few months, many of you have written in asking if you could buy copies of The Wedding Present's last 2 singles, Montreal and 2,3,Go directly from us. Originally, we didn't have much stock, so my answer was probably "No." However, I'm now pleased to be able to report that Cooking Vinyl have found us some extra copies, so all formats of both singles are available once again. See the Wedding Present merchandise list for more details.
Those of you in London might like to know that David will be a guest of Mark Sheldon on his XFM Breakfast Show (on 104.9 FM) between 9.30 and 10.00 on the morning of Sunday 5th October, while Granadaland residents can probably catch him on Pete Mitchell's Show on Manchester's Piccadilly Key 103 on Sunday the 12th - although this is still to be confirmed.
Finally, thanks to everyone who wrote in to let us know that The Wedding Present were a (rather tasteless) question on BBC TV's pop quiz: "Never Mind The Buzzcocks"...
Ta-ta for now,
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THE WEDDING PRESENT ON THE INTERNET
There are two Wedding Present mailing lists for people wishing to exchange information about the band.
1. "twp" which is moderated... You can subscribe to this by sending an email to: [email protected] and in the body of your message write: "subscribe twp <your email address>"
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There are several sites devoted partly or wholly to The Wedding Present put together by fans, record companies, magazines, etc. Here is a list kindly compiled for us by Kevin Behrens, who runs the twp mailing list:
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April 1998 NEWSLETTER NUMBER 12 APRIL 1998
Where was I? Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and er, Easter Felicitations. Have we done that? Well it’s been a while, but I’m here again… have you missed me? Did you think I’d deserted you for a life in the Big City? Nah… I’m still holding the fort at Wedding Present H.Q., although admittedly it has been a little quiet since that tenth anniversary re-release of George Best last year.
There are still no plans to play live anywhere, so I suppose the big news for this letter is that Cooking Vinyl, in conjunction with the BBC, are about to release a CD compilation of the band’s three most recent Peel sessions. The album, called "The Wedding Present: John Peel Sessions 1992-1995" is out on April 27th and features: California, Come Play With Me, Flying Saucer, Softly Softly, Spangle, So Long Baby, Gazebo, Him Or Me (What’s It Gonna Be?), Love Machine, Drive, Sports Car and Go, Man, Go. The sessions were recorded by three different incarnations of The Wedding Present, including the British version of the celebrated double drummer line-up where the band were augmented by Hugh Kelly Jnr., now a member of Groop Dogdrill. "Softly Softly" has never been previously released, but elements of the song were later included in the Wedding Present single "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah." Finally, the catalogue number will be: COOK CD 146
Not to be out done, we here in Wedding Present Land have our own new release. Live Tape Number 16 is now on sale. Recorded by our chum Aadam Jacobs at The Shelter in Detroit, USA on 21st March 1996, it features the American version of the double drummer line-up, including Debby Vander Wall from the tour support group, Butterglory. The concert track listing is: Sucker, Skin Diving, Dare, Love Machine, Convertible, Click Click, Drive, Mercury, It’s A Gas, Corduroy, Snake Eyes, Bewitched, Real Thing, Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah, Sports Car, Flying Saucer and Go, Man, Go. The price, as always, is £3.50 plus postage and packing, and the usual p&p rules apply, a tape being 1 unit.
One of the most common questions that I’m asked is how to get hold of "Crawl," which, for those who don’t know, was one of the tracks on The Wedding Present’s 1990 EP called "3 Songs." The single has long been deleted, so I’m usually forced to point people in the direction of record collectors’ fairs… but now a Californian label are planning to include the track on a new compilation. Manifesto Records are hoping to release "The Wedding Present: Singles 1989-1991," which brings together all the tracks from the band’s first five singles for RCA Records (including Niagara, also often requested!) later this year. More details next time.
Finally, with all these compilations of old songs flying around I ought to tell you about some new stuff. As you may know, at the moment The Wedding Present are taking some time off. David has not stopped writing, however, and is currently in the studio recording what will be his debut solo album. He tells me that, freed from the confines of the group democracy, he’s been indulging himself in his own musical tastes, and that he hopes the finished LP won’t sound anything like The Wedding Present. And I can confirm that it doesn’t, because I’ve been doing the backing vocals! That’s all that I can really add at the moment, suffice to say that Cooking Vinyl are planning to release the album in July under the group name CINERAMA, but you might like to know that David has been talking about the recordings to BBC Radio One’s "Fanzine Of The Year," Orange Slices. Over to editor Darren Bugg:
"Issue 4 of Orange Slices is out in May. It includes an exclusive interview with David Gedge on his first work outside The Wedding Present, Part Three of official Wedding Present Discography, articles, features, competitions and loads of other stuff. Copies are available from Orange Slices, C/O The Wedding Present, P. O. Box HP25, Leeds LS6 1RU UK. Please make cheques payable to Darren Bugg. Prices, including postage and packaging, are as follows: £1.30 (UK), £1.60 (Europe/Eire), £2.00 (Rest of World). American readers can purchase a copy from Orange Slices USA, Box 54542, Atlanta, GA, USA (please make cheques for US$3.90 payable to Kevin Behrens)"
Thanks Darren. That’s all for now, but I’ll keep you posted on anything new. Happy Summer. Hope the chocolate queen smiled on you, and remember, where the egg splits, the blind dog sees fish.
Stop Press News: David has just accepted an invitation from The Mean Fiddler Organisation to headline at the Dr. Marten tent at this year's Phoenix Festival.
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July 1998 NEWSLETTER NUMBER 13 JULY 1998
Despite the shocking news that Lionel Ritchie and Mariah Carey are both back on Top Of The Pops, there is one ray of light!
I’m pleased to be able to let you know that Cooking Vinyl have now confirmed release dates for David Gedge’s debut solo single and album. As you may know,
The single's called Kerry Kerry, and it has already been played on BBC Radio One by John Peel, Jo Whiley and The Evening Session; it is also Mark Sheldon's "record of the week" on XFM, London's alternative station.
It hits the shops in the UK on 6th July and comes in three formats: a £1.99 CD single which also features Love and Au Pair (Catalogue number FRY CD 072), and two limited edition 99p seven inch singles, the B-sides of which are respectively 7X (FRY 072) and Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (FRY 072X).
The album, Va Va Voom, is released on 27th July and comes in two formats: LP (COOK 150) and CD (COOK CD 150). The songs on the album are: Maniac; Comedienne; Hate; Kerry Kerry; Barefoot In The Park; You Turn Me On; Ears; Me Next; Hard, Fast And Beautiful; Dance, Girl, Dance and Honey Rider.
Emma Pollock from The Delgados, who supported The Wedding Present on tour a couple of years ago, duets with David on both Love and Ears, and the recordings also feature members of The Church and Animals That Swim.
You can find a review of the album together with the world’s first ever interview with Cinerama, in the new issue of Orange Slices, which is out now. The magazine, complete with new improved full colour cover also contains Part Three of the official Wedding Present Discography, David’s "Va Va Voom Recording Diary" and details of a new "Tribute to The Wedding Present" album, as well as the usual photos, lyrics and competitions. Copies are available from Orange Slices, C/O The Wedding Present, P. O. Box HP25, Leeds LS6 1RU UK. Please make cheques payable to Darren Bugg. Prices, including postage and packaging, are as follows: £1.30 (UK), £1.60 (Europe/Eire), £2.00 (Rest of World). American readers can purchase a copy from Orange Slices USA, Box 54542, Atlanta, GA, USA (please make cheques for US$3.90 payable to Kevin Behrens).
Cinerama have already done a session for Radio 1’s John Peel Programme. Versions of Maniac, Comedienne, Honey Rider and You Turn Me On were recorded live at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios last month, and this will be broadcast in the next week or two. The band have also been invited to record a session for GLR, the BBC's station for London, later this month.
You may know that Cinerama were scheduled to headline the Dr Martens Tent at this year’s Phoenix Festival. Unfortunately, this festival was cancelled as a result of poor ticket sales. The band are planning to tour The British Isles in Autumn, but there is also talk of a one-off London show and to coincide with the album release, in conjunction with XFM.
On the subject of concerts, The Wedding Present’s Live Tape Number 17 is also now on sale. It’s The Wedding Present’s last concert of 1996, and was recorded at the Muffathalle in Munich, Germany on 21st December. The concert track listing is: Drive; Gazebo; Venus; Love Slave; Real Thing; Swimming Pools, Movie Stars; Heather; Crawl; Montreal; 2,3,Go; Blue Eyes; Snake Eyes; Sports Car; Kansas; Dreamworld; Kennedy; Come Play With Me and What Have I Said Now? The price, as always, is £3.50 plus postage and packing, and the usual p&p rules apply, a tape being 1 unit.
Finally, Manifesto Records of Los Angeles, California are still in the process of putting together their compilation album: "The Wedding Present Singles 1989-1991" which compiles all the bands non - ‘Hit Parade’ singles for RCA Records, together with some bonus tracks culled from rare compilations and live performances.
Both David and I are going to be occupied with the Cinerama project over the next few months, so this is going to be the last Wedding Present newsletter for a while. However, I will still be around as usual to answer queries about both of the groups, and will return any postage stamps we’re holding on your behalf, if you don’t fancy waiting!
‘til next time, then…
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news letters 1995-1998
In 1995 the band started sending news letters to the fans by mail, later by e-mail too. On this site you can find twelve news letters, I'm missing one issue of this period.