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Album Review

Two years on from their debut album, the Wedding Present delivered a proper sophomore effort, Bizarro [Camden Deluxe Bonus Tracks]; one quite distanced from the jangle punk days of 1987's George Best. Though David Gedge's obsession with the lovelorn had by no means disappeared, the band finally found a way to frame his lyrics properly, resulting in a darker album with more emotional weight where needed. "Brassneck," the Wedding Present' first collaboration with engineer Steve Albini, became their biggest hit yet, peaking at Number 24 on the British charts. [Camden Deluxe's 2001 reissue features remastered sound, the entire Brassneck single, and three additional tracks.]

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Its all about Kennedy

The "official" review mentions Brassneck as the big single but this album is great all the way through...the most important song on here being Kennedy which is just top. The Pixies would have been proud of this one with the skiffle thrash guitar just surfing along at pace. They sound like Alan Bennett meets Jesus and the Mary Chain and grumpy old Gedge is on fire. Buy the track or treat yourself to an underated indie gem of an album.

Fantastic Album

This is one of the few albums that I listen to the WHOLE WAY THROUGH from beginning to end because it's an experience. I first bought this in 1989 and I still listen to it now!
Brilliant!

If they had been American...

Bizzaro has to be one of the best albums of its time, souping up and ramming a great big wodge of noisy energy into the Smiths jangle. The melody is always front and centre but there is a grit and a power which no-one else could do quite like Gedge and co.

The really sad thing is that if they had been from Seattle not Leeds then this wouldnt be a little known treasure, but would be heralded as the seminal peice of pop culture it is.

Its worth your money for Kennedy and Take Me alone - that you get 10+ more tracks of similar calibre is a frighteningly good deal

Biography

Formed: 1985 in Leeds, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Emerging in the wake of the Smiths' demise as the U.K.'s most successful indie pop band during the late '80s, the Wedding Present were founded in Leeds, England, in 1985. Formed from the ashes of the short-lived Lost Pandas, the Weddoes (as they were affectionately dubbed by fans) were essentially the vehicle of singer/songwriter David Gedge, the only constant member throughout the group's tumultuous history. Initially rounded out by guitarist Peter Solowka, bassist Keith Gregory, and drummer Shaun...
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