THE WEDDING PRESENT at the Pike Room

THURSDAY OCTOBER 2, 2008
doors at 8PM
tickets: $12 (buy tickets)

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THE WEDDING PRESENT have had eighteen UK Top 40 hit singles… not bad for a band that has, from its inception, stubbornly refused to play the record industry’s game. That was back in 1985 when David Lewis Gedge boarded a National Express coach in London with 500 records packed into a pair of his mother’s suitcases. In this fashion, the debut 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 band’s 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. Abrasive and catchy, insouciant and insistent, cynical and sensitive, their latest, El Rey, again captures all the dichotomies that have made Gedge and the Wedding Present a fascinating band throughout the years. DIRTY ON PURPOSE opens.

 

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