The Wedding Present announce 'Marc Riley Sessions Volume 1' album released 2nd December on Hatch Records

The Wedding Present

‘Marc Riley Sessions Volume 1’

Album released 2nd December on Hatch Records

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“The release of The Wedding Present sessions done for our 6 Music programme over the years is something of an honour. In the great tradition of the Peel/Selwood releases on the Strange Fruit label this record proves that even without John the BBC can still be a place where great bands can continue to grow and be creative… amongst friends.” Marc Riley

This December, Hatch Records, in conjunction with BBC Radio 6 Music, are pleased to announce the first in a series of stunning Marc Riley radio sessions from UK indie legends, The Wedding Present. Released 2nd December, ‘Marc Riley Sessions Volume 1’ consists of three memorable studio sessions from 2007, 2008 and 2010.

Highlighting the incredible consistency of David Gedge´s prolific songwriting over the period of three decades, the release includes a rollicking ‘Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft’ (‘George Best’ 1987), a stirling rendition of stone-cold proto-indie classic ‘Brassneck’ (‘Bizarro’ 1989), an anger-filled ‘Heather’ (‘Seamonsters’ 1991), and a ripping version of ‘Don’t Take Me Home Until I’m Drunk’ (‘El Rey’ 2008). Also included is live favourite ‘Where Everybody Knows Your Name’, a cover of the theme music to classic US sitcom ‘Cheers’.

One of the most listened to music shows on BBC 6 Music, Marc Riley is synonymous with popular radio; his long-running, Sony Radio Academy Award-nominated weekday evening show mixes the classics with the cutting-edge and has helped break numerous acts in recent years including Metronomy, Ezra Furman, Field Music, King Creosote, Everything Everything and Wild Beasts.

A band with a history that’s inextricably intertwined with the BBC and in particular the late BBC DJ John Peel, an early champion of the band, the ‘Marc Riley Sessions Volume 1’ echoes the famous Peel/Selwood releases on the Strange Fruit label that included BBC sessions from the likes of New Order, Buzzcocks, The Cure and Echo & The Bunnymen.

“There were many other bands who benefitted from the ‘Peel Effect’. Too numerous to mention. But one of those was — as if you can’t see this coming — The Wedding Present. The constant support. Plays. Sessions. Encouragement. Friendship. John’s love of the George Best LP (which was a heroic support considering John’s affiliation to Liverpool — Manchester United’s most hated rival) was well known… and until John passed away he remained a firm fan of all things ‘Gedge’”, says Riley.

An avid Wedding Present fan himself, Riley shares in common with Peel that same enthusiasm for new music. His show is a continuation of the legacy Peel left behind, a man he grew up listening to and eventually formed a solid relationship with. Riley and his merry team of producers have formed a close bond with David Gedge and his band in recent years and the band have performed numerous sessions for the show, showcasing new material and returning to a few old classics along the way.

Forming in 1985, The Wedding Present are one of the UK’s most longstanding and much-loved indie bands with eighteen UK Top 40 hit singles to their name. Not bad for a band that has, from its inception, stubbornly refused to play the record industry’s game. Their breathtakingly honest love songs immersed in whirlwind guitars had Peel declare,“The boy Gedge has written some of the best love songs of the rock ’n’ roll era. You may dispute this, but I’m right and you’re wrong!”.

The Wedding Present recently released their critically acclaimed ninth studio album ‘Going, Going…’ and are to embark on an extensive UK tour this winter.


Tracks 1-3             Recorded 26/10/07            
                                Don’t Take Me Home Until I'm Drunk (El Rey 2008)
                                Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft (George Best 1987)
                                Something and Nothing (George Best 1987)               
Tracks 4-6             Recorded 28/05/08
                                Palisades (El Rey 2008)
                                The Thing I Like Best About Him Is His Girlfriend (El Rey 2008)
                                Gone (Bizarro 1989)                          
Tracks 7-11           Recorded 07/12/10            
                                You Jane (Valentina 2012)
                                Mystery Date (Valentina 2012
                                Brassneck (Bizarro 1989)
                                Where Everybody Knows Your Name (Cheers Theme Tune)
                                Heather (Seamonsters 1991)