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Weddings Parties Anything, often known as WPA and Weddoes, is an Australian folk rock band formed by Mick Thomas in Melbourne in 1985 and continuing until 1998. Their name came from a Clash song (“Revolution Rock”) and musicologist Billy Pinnell described their first album as the best Australian rock debut since Skyhooks’ Living in the ’70s.

WPA initially gained a reputation as a hot new band through their constant touring in their early days, however they never really became a commercial success. They did however, form a fanatical supporter base, known as the “Wedheads” that continued to sustain the band for years. Upon the conclusion of the band several members continued on to other projects, with Mick Thomas creating Croxton Records with friend Nick Corr.

Renowned for their energetic live shows, WPA had a handful of live songs that were nearly always guaranteed to push the mosh pit into a frenzy, particularly “A Tale They Won’t Believe”, the story of cannibalism in the convict days of Tasmania. Also known for the especially legendary Christmas shows which grew from one night on Christmas Eve to a full week of live shows at the Central Club Hotel in Richmond. The 1998 show was recorded and released as a double live album, They Were Better Live.

Musically, WPA were a combination of Australian indie and garage rock, sixties folk, punk and (later) country. They lead what later became known as the alt-country scene in Melbourne{fact}. WPA were often compared to The Pogues, though the two bands were actually contemporaries rather than one following the other; the two bands toured Australia together in the early ’90s.

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  • frisbeer

    I love it how almost every guitarist from Australia plays a Maton guitar :)

    24 Dec 2012 Reply
  • grendelis

    Just added to Byron Bay Bluesfest on Easter Sunday.

    28 Feb 2012 Reply
  • grrrjames

    Haven't heard Scorn of the Women for 20 something years but I loved it back then and it sounds amazingly fresh today

    4 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Watts13

    A Tale They Won't Believe is one incredible story showcased through song. Definitely a new favorite.

    13 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Ryncewynd

    Saw these guys supporting Johnny Winter back in 1987 at the hordern when I lived in Sydney....reminded me of the Alarm for some reason...

    31 Jan 2010 Reply
  • cc2008

    Fantastic these guys are on here... saw them live when I lived in Oz 19 years ago!!

    9 Mar 2009 Reply
  • attilastockbrok

    Brilliant band.Had SUCH a good time in Oz supporting them all those years ago...

    30 Sep 2008 Reply
  • juniorfranger

    There's some live Mick Thomas here : http://mixingdesk.blogspot.com/

    28 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Flurps

    Hi - I just started a Weddings Parties Anything group - please feel free to join!

    23 Sep 2008 Reply
  • koshari

    Hey, hey, I see a Melbourne girl on a rusty Malvern Star, Through the spastic Northcote streets at dawn See the way her hair's tied back, Her cheeks so red, a grey coat ragged and worn.

    26 May 2008 Reply

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