Last in the series. An exploration of the weird indie phenomenon known as 'the classic fourth single'. Enjoy!
The Wedding Present
David Gedge's raucous chiming jangling guitar monsters born in 1984 and still going. Feted by John Peel, they produced the classic album George Best on the independent Reception records, who also compiled their classic early singles on the album Tommy and released a 10inch Wedding Present LP of songs in Ukrainian. It was good. They were perhaps equally famous for getting their major label RCA for the whole of 1993 to allow them to release a single a month in limited editions of 10,000 each (later compiled on the Hit Parade albums). Since then, they have been on various labels, and their most recent album, Ringway to Seatac, was released in 2005.
'You should always keep in touch with your friends' is their fourth
single, dating from 1986.
Signed to Rough Trade in 1985, and releasing the fantastic album Giant the following year, the Woodentops were an exciting singles and live band but for some reason were never quite massive. Rolo McGinty was their songwriter and singer and all round bandleader, but not sure what happened to him after the band appeared to have disolved by the 1990s, having moved away from traditional guitar-based music towards dance (although their singles were always highly danceable).
'It will come' was their fourth single and can be found on the classic Giant.