The Wedding Present is a British independent rock band from Leeds, England. Their musical style is characterized by independent rock in the vein of The Fall, Buzzcocks and Gang of Four and other varied forms. During their career, they are led by singer and guitarist David Gedge, the only constant member of the band.
The Wedding Present was formed in Leeds in 1985 after the separation of The Lost Pandas, the former band of David Gedge and Keith Gregory >>>. The initial training includes David Gedge on vocals and guitar, Peter Solowka on guitar, Keith Gregory on bass and Shaun Charman on drums. They self-produce their first singles and are noticed by John Peel, host on BBC Radio 1. In February 1986, it allows them to record their first Peel Session, whose titles are marketed on the EP The Peel Sessions.
They decline the solicitations of the record companies and release their first album on Reception Records, their own label, in 1987>. The disc, which bears the name of North Irish footballer George Best, reaches the spot of the UK Albums Chart >>>. The following year Tommy released, a compilation of songs from 1985 to 1987. The disc includes the first singles of the group and songs recorded during radio sessions.
Ukrainski Vistupi v Johna Peela (Ukrainian John Peel Sessions) is composed of songs from Ukrainian folklore, the home of Peter Solowka's father. They are recorded between 1986 and 1988 during two radio sessions. The CD was released by RCA Records in February 1989. The Wedding Present is accompanied by singer and violinist Len Liggins and mandolinist Roman Remeynes. Between the two sessions, drummer Shaun Charman joins The Popguns and is replaced by Simon Smith. Kennedy is their first song to rank in the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart. The next two albums, Bizarro and Seamonsters, are produced by Steve Albini. In 1991, guitarist Paul Dorrington succeeds Peter Solowka, who continues his career with The Ukrainians >>>.