THE WEDDING PRESENT’S 1987 DEBUT ALBUM GEORGE BEST WAS, ESSENTIALLY, A NORTHERN KITCHEN-SINK DRAMA, WITH LYRICIST DAVID GEDGE FOCUSING IN ON THE MUNDANE AND SEEMINGLY INSIGNIFICANT TO REVEAL A BIGGER PICTURE. WITHIN A YEAR THE BAND HAD ALSO RELEASED TOMMY – A COMPILATION OF THE VARIOUS SINGLES, B-SIDES AND RADIO SESSIONS WHICH HAD PRECEDED THE RECORDING OF GEORGE BEST.
In 2018 the band toured TOMMY, and took the opportunity to book some studio time during a gap in dates so that they could re-record the songs that make up the album. That recording has recently been released to celebrate the original record’s thirtieth anniversary – and in this new in-depth edition of The Mouthcast, David Gedge discusses both versions of TOMMY. We also talk about the band’s new single and the recently published book SLEEVENOTES, in which in which Gedge details the process of writing and recording fifteen of the band’s songs from their 34-year career…
Buy the album TOMMY 30 here
Buy the book SLEEVENOTES here
Buy The Wedding Present’s new limited edition single here
Listen to The Wedding Present’s 2018 gig for The Mouth Magazine here
Read and listen to our 2017 feature on GEORGE BEST 30 here