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The Hit Parade

The Wedding Present

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Album Review

It was a stunt of sorts, yet it was also an idea, and as the Legend! points out in the liner notes to this 2003 reissue, ideas in music are few and far between. It suckered weak-willed casual fans into apprehensively buying a Wedding Present single once a month for an entire year, but it also produced a handful of the group's best singles — all 12 of which reached the Top 40 of the U.K. chart — and several covers that were either completely unlikely or just the opposite. While the Hit Parade 1 CD compilation covered January-June and its companion disc took care of the rest of the year, this reissue places the A-sides on one disc and the B-sides on the other. As a result, the first disc makes for a solid follow-up to 1991's Seamonsters; the B-sides disc makes for one of the best all-covers albums ever made. This would've been a good time to make Hit Parade 3 — a limited six-song disc of more covers — more widely available. Some things must be left for the 20th anniversary edition, right?

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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