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Leeds, England (1984 – 1997, 2004 – present)

The Wedding Present are an group formed in Leeds, England in 1984. They evolved from the ashes of The Lost Pandas. Their music has evolved from fast-paced indie rock in the vein of their most obvious influences The Fall, Buzzcocks and Gang of Four, to more varied forms. Throughout their career, they have been led by vocalist and guitarist David Gedge, the band’s only constant member.

The Lost Pandas fell apart in 1984 when guitarist Michael Duane (later of DUSTdevils) was sacked, and Panda’s drummer Jaz Rigby followed in protest. Gedge and the Pandas’ bass player, Keith Gregory, decided to continue the band, renaming it The Wedding Present.

Gedge wanted to use the name “The Wedding Present” in honour of one of his favourite bands,The Birthday Party.

Gedge and Gregory recruited an old schoolmate of Gedge’s, Peter Solowka, to play guitar and auditioned a string of drummers, including Mike Bedford, with whom they recorded a demo tape, before settling on Shaun Charman. The country’s clubs and bars were toured as the band prepared for the recording of their first, self-financed single.

After some consideration, “Go Out And Get ‘Em, Boy!” was chosen over early favourite “Will You Be Up There?”. The A-side features drumming by hired hand Julian Sowa with Charman on its B-side.

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