56 Take Fountain by the Wedding Present 2005
I was pretty confident that The Wedding Present's debut George Best would be in this chart. It summed up all the C86 music I started to like when I got to Leeds. I saw the band play live a few times (until they started getting a Leeds football fan following and the gigs became a little hairy for a soft college boy) I even had a kick about with David Gedge on Hyde Park once (football that is .. jumpers for goalposts etc).
Taking the spirit of Orange Juice , jangly guitars with the volume and the speed turned up, with titles that Morrissey would have been proud of and the best conversational lyrics going. David Gedge only really has one subject , the break up song with either partner being a bit of a shit. Less lyrics more snatches of overheard private conversations.
However when he returned to the Wedding Present name after the break up of Cinerama both in terms of the band and his relationship with fellow Cinerama founder, he came back with a maturer sound and a break up lp to topple his debut
After a bit of a false opening track , the driving guitars of Interstate 5 create a sense of tension and doom and we know we are back in Gedge's world of sexual and relationship failure
I should just get out of here and start driving south on Interstate 5
But I need to stay near, in case you suddenly remember that I'm alive
But I have this nagging fear that sex was all you needed
I've tried to persevere; I guess I've not succeeded
And is it sexist to say that I thought just boys were meant to behave in this way?
And though you seemed quite sincere, will you even recognise my face this time next year?
Well I'll remember how your eyes sparkled in the moonlight
You can surely sympathise; I just wanted more than one night
And yes there was one particular glance that made me afraid
That you were just seeing me as a chance of getting laid
There is still a great sense of song titles
This isnt the same Wedding Present as George Best, there is much more light and shade in the backing and a weariness in the vocals as he knows his lyrics mean he is condemned to make the same mistakes again and again
Mars Sparkles Down on Me - The Wedding Present
So yeah I've got my brand new girlfriend,
And she's great in every way
And you've got your new lover there so I guess we're both ok
And I know that we've been through this
And we have to be apart
But the thought of him lying in our bed with you, well it still just breaks my heart
Mars sparkles down on me
He says he wants to meet meoh I'm sure he's genuine
but how can i just shake his hand when it's been, all over your skin?
Mars sparkles down, on me
I should stop calling on a whim, but I wont
I know I really should consider him, but I can't
Mars sparkles down on me
one of my exhibits for David Gedge as one of the Uks most under appreciated lyricists campaign
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