🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 The Wedding Present

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Leaderboard
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Talk Talk 4.46
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Scott Walker 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Leonard Cohen 4.30
Pixies 4.30
Sparklehorse 4.29
Boards Of Canada 4.28
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
J Dilla 4.23
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Fugazi 4.21
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Bill Callahan 4.13
Minutemen 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Pavement 4.12
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Dinosaur Jr. 4.11
Jason Molina 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
Nick Drake 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Slowdive 4.07
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Burial 4.07
Autechre 4.06
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Fuck Buttons 4.03
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
MF DOOM 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
The Knife 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
The Roots 4.00
New Order 3.99
Frightened Rabbit 3.97
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Wilco 3.97
Robyn 3.96
Low 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
Built To Spill 3.94
Sigur Rós 3.93
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
Depeche Mode 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Broadcast 3.92
Dusty Springfield 3.92
Arab Strap 3.91
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Janelle Monáe 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
The Twilight Sad 3.88
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Lou Reed 3.83
Guided By Voices 3.82
Underworld 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
The Jesus And Mary Chain 3.82
Deerhunter 3.81
Fucked Up 3.80
Patti Smith 3.79
Run-D.M.C. 3.78
Young Fathers 3.78
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Trail Of Dead 3.76
Spoon 3.76
Hüsker Dü 3.74
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
Nine Inch Nails 3.70
The Walkmen 3.70
The Avalanches 3.69
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
M.I.A. 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Fiona Apple 3.66
Neutral Milk Hotel 3.66
Soundgarden 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Solange 3.65
Cat Power 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Tricky 3.62
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
Hope Of The States 3.58
The Smiths 3.57
Sea Power 3.56
65daysofstatic 3.56
WHY? 3.56
Sunn O))) 3.55
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Mew 3.54
Flying Lotus 3.54
Charli XCX 3.53
Eels 3.52
Half Man Half Biscuit 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Roxy Music 3.51
Mastodon 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Hold Steady 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Explosions In The Sky 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Teenage Fanclub 3.47
Wild Beasts 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
The Cribs 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
The Fall 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Black Flag 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
The Cooper Temple Clause 3.37
The Go! Team 3.36
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
George Harrison 3.34
Paul McCartney 3.33
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Leftfield 3.32
Sepultura 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Decemberists 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Misfits 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Richard Hawley 3.25
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
Laura Marling 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Motörhead 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Gorillaz 3.13
Snoop Dogg 3.13
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Maxïmo Park 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
Nas 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
St. Vincent 3.09
Animal Collective 3.07
T. Rex 3.07
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
HAIM 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
Everything Everything 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
System Of A Down 3.02
Wolf Alice 3.01
AC/DC 3.00
Frank Zappa 3.00
Duran Duran 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Art Brut 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Garbage 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
The Coral 2.88
Paramore 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Happy Mondays 2.86
Feeder 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
The Horrors 2.84
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
James 2.78
Foals 2.76
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Alanis Morissette 2.75
Miley Cyrus 2.73
John Lennon 2.73
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Fatboy Slim 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Faithless 2.63
The Levellers 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
The Police 2.59
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
The Maccabees 2.52
Editors 2.51
Little Mix 2.49
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Linkin Park 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Jamie T 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
The 1975 2.28
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
Ocean Colour Scene 2.26
Travis 2.25
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Phil Collins 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Panic! At The Disco 2.16
Counting Crows 2.13
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
Paul Weller 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Usher 2.08
Moby 2.06
Ringo Starr 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Korn 2.03
Drake 2.02
Kings Of Leon 2.01
Bryan Adams 2.00
The Libertines 1.99
Celine Dion 1.99
Fall Out Boy 1.96
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Eagles 1.86
McFly 1.85
Limp Bizkit 1.82
The Spice Girls 1.81
Bruno Mars 1.79
Take That 1.76
Stereophonics 1.74
Busted 1.74
Razorlight 1.74
KISS 1.73
Morrissey 1.69
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

Friday’s thread, then;

Wedding_Present

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  • 5

0 voters

  • George Best
  • Bizarro
  • Seamonsters
  • Watusi
  • Saturnalia
  • Take Fountain
  • El Rey
  • Valentina
  • Going, Going…

0 voters

  • Go Out And Get 'Em Boy
  • Once More
  • You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends
  • My Favourite Dress
  • Anyone Can Make A Mistake
  • Nobody’s Twisting Your Arm
  • Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now?
  • Kennedy
  • Brassneck
  • Dalliance
  • Lovenest
  • Blue Eyes
  • Go-Go Dancer
  • Three
  • Silver Shorts
  • Come Play With Me
  • California
  • Flying Saucer
  • Boing!
  • Loveslave
  • Sticky
  • The Queen Of Outer Space
  • No Christmas
  • Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah
  • It’s A Gas
  • Sucker
  • 2, 3, Go
  • Montreal
  • Interstate 5
  • I’m From Further North Than You
  • Ringway To SeaTac
  • You Jane
  • Metal Men
  • Two Bridges
  • Meet Cute
  • Bear
  • Jump In, The Water’s Fine
  • Crawl
  • We Should Be Together
  • I Am Not Going To Fall In Love With You

0 voters

Very, very boring. :man_shrugging:t2:

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Who?

That’s a different band.

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The Wedding Present, it says it in the thread title, sorry if it was unclear.

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The last gig that I went to with my dad was The Wedding Present at Tunbridge Wells Forum. Better live than on record. Love them, but can’t listen to them.

Bizarro and Seamonsters are both great.

@UncleRetrospective if you are in any way inclined you should check out their 2016 album Going, Going…. where they went a bit post rock.

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A band I really loved when I was a teenager in the late 80s, but have barely listened to in the last twenty five years. They had a good line in spiky guitar thrashes, and Gedge’s lyrics seemed very clever and apposite to a sixteen year old who couldn’t get a girlfriend. I’d be worried they’d seem a bit incelly these days, but I’m not going to dive back in to find out. Glad they’re part of my past, but happy to leave them there tbh.

This is a banger though

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Loved the Weddoes ever since I heard Kennedy on an indie compilation tape in the early nineties and played it about four times in a row while leaping around my living room!

The first three albums are nailed on 5s but their latter material is pretty bland so it’s a 4 from me.

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Hope they kept the receipt

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Guess what I did hear never interested me enough to bother checking them out further. Nothing against them though, always seemed like one of those slightly secret bands people who got into them were really evangelical about.

A very easy 5 - love everything from the self-deprecating hapless romantic lyrics to the jangly, choppy guitars and the barnstorming extended outros. Yes their most recent output hasn’t been all that inspired, but those first three albums alone (plus the very underrated Watusi and Take Fountain) are enough to cement their place as one of my favourite bands. I’m even wearing my George Best t-shirt as I type this :slight_smile:

EDIT: Oh, and they’re a phenomenal live band! Don’t think I’ve ever had more fun at a gig than when I saw them at Grappa’s Cellar in Hong Kong a few years back, even if Gedge was just as miserable as ever when I met him after the show. :sweat_smile:

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Some properly great stuff on those first three albums (and Tommy). Used to really like them as a teenager - they were massive at my school and some of my pals were huge into them. Really good live band in the early 90s too, although I saw them in LA around 2006 and they were awful. Dropped off a bit of a cliff after Seamonsters, but an easy 4 for the good times. This is a corker

One of my favourite band names. Gedge seems like a GBOL. Give them a 4.

I’ve gone with a 4. They do the chugging indie thing better than most and released a truly special record when they brought in more abrasive sounds for seamonsters - I certainly hear lots of that record in bands like the gilla band and even Protomartyr.

My favourite of theirs is when they hit the middle ground between the more abrasive and melodic stuff:

Seamonsters is such a perfect manifestation of the sounds of the 80s transitioning into those of the 90s. Love the almost shoegazey production, and the dynamic range of songs like Dalliance is breathtaking.

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As a 15 year old basket of hormones living in The South but very much from The North I was properly invested in songs like ‘My Favourite Dress’ & ‘Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft’

Big fan of Tommy & George Best a little after the fact & bought Bizarro the day it came out and played it to death. Went off them a little bit during the Hit Parade run of singles and I’d moved on by the time Seamonsters came out - though I did see them live a few times in the early 90s

Haven’t listened to them at all in nearly 30 years

Probably a 3.5. Gonna listen to a few old favourites and see if they get rounded up or down

Good in small doses but they get very samey beyond that.

Don’t really know anything after the first 3 albums, though I saw them touring the last new studio album from a few years ago and listened to that. I remember them taking a left turn on that album by starting with a bunch of Mogwai-esque instrumentals which was quite good, but then after those first few tracks it turns back into a standard Wedding Present album.

They were fine touring that album but I saw them again last year on their latest Seamonsters anniversary tour and I was really impressed. Completely different band to last time and they played much louder and noisier and were a bit more exciting (even if we were all seated due to covid gig restrictions).

Might go 3

Love them! Can’t hit the 5 button quick enough.

Music for ace people

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Real answer…

Was a sorta half fan for years when I first heard them in 1990 doing that Steve Harley cover. Then I heard the French version of “Why Are You Being…” that was on The Best of the Indie Top 20 compilation and thought it was superb. Liked some of the 12 releases in 1992 but wasn’t sure and remember liking Montreal when it came out a few years later.

Then, years later, I finally checked out what had been released before I heard of them and loved practically all of it. So, it has to be a 5 for me.

Actually quite annoyed as they played Seamonsters in Aberdeen last night and I could have popped along. Saw them doing the whole Bizarro LP about 10 years ago with Ringo Deathstarr in support.