The Wedding Present to play classic album George Best at Princess Pavilion, Falmouth
THE boy Gedge has written some of the best love songs of the rock'n'roll era. You may dispute this, but I'm right and you're wrong! Those are the words of the mighty John Peel.
To many David Gedge and his band The Wedding Present were as much torchbearers for the romantic but dishevelled indie years as Morrissey and The Smiths. And 1987 debut album George Best spoke to a whole generation, garnered glowing reviews in the NME and was a mainstay in John Peel's Festive 50 – the sort of things which meant a lot back then.
So, prepare to don your anorak and skinny jeans again, as The Wedding Present will be performing George Best in full at Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, on July 9.
The Wedding Present have had 18 UK Top 40 hit singles… not bad for a band that has, from its inception, stubbornly refused to play the record industry's game.
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That was back in 1985 when Gedge boarded a National Express coach in London with 500 records packed into a pair of his mother's suitcases. In this fashion, the single Go Out And Get 'Em Boy! was collected from the pressing plant, delivered to the distribution company, and The Wedding Present was born.
That pioneering spirit has been at the core of the bands philosophy ever since. From George Best, "an unmitigated delight" (NME), the first full-length release on their own Reception Records onwards, the band has charted an appealing, if often eccentric, course of its very own.
They may have released better albums (Bizarro, Seamonsters) but George Best was where the Wedding Present sound was distilled – a gig not to be missed.
Tickets are £16.50 in advance from www.seetickets.com, 0871 2200260 or the Pavilion box office, 01326 211222.