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The Wedding Present Brings Back "Bizarro"

of the Oakland Press

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The Wedding Present’s David Gedge says that preparing the group’s second album, 1989’s “Bizarro,” to be played in its entirety this year has been enlightening.

“I had kind of forgotten what that album was like,” notes Gedge, 49, who’s been the group’s soul mainstay since its 1985 founding in Leeds, England. “We did our first album, ‘Ukrainski Vistupi V Johna Peela,’ a couple years ago, and in my mind I always thought ‘Bizarro’ was a similar record. But it’s actually very different.

“ ‘Johna Peela’ was all these short, aggressive pop songs, and ‘Bizarro’ is a lot more textured and layered and walls of sound that go on for quite awhile. It’s very hypnotic. You get these long kinds of driving sections, just like a wall of noise. So we’ve worked very hard on capturing that for these shows.”

“Bizarro” was the Wedding Present’s first U.S. release and even spawned a Top 40 single, “Kennedy,” during the early days of the MTV era. Gedge figures the song’s decidedly American theme — about the conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy — didn’t hurt it on these shores, either.

“It’s a funny one, that,” Gedge says of the song. “I guess it’s kind of the most popular Wedding Present song ever. People really love it — but I’m not one of those people. At the time I thought it was kind of mundane and a bit boring, a bit predictable, really.

“It’s just basic rock ‘n’ roll chords, really. I always thought it would be a B-side, but it did literally launch the Wedding Present in North America, which was quite fun.”

Gedge says he expects the Wedding Present to play its third album, 1991’s “Seamonsters,” on a subsequent tour, and the group is also working on new material for a follow-up to 2008’s “El Rey.”

The Wedding Present and Girl in a Coma perform Thursday, April 15, in the Pike Room at the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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