From Leeds With Love

Probably the most obvious of covers this week: released in 1990 as part of the 3 Songs EP, a quick look at the vinyl copy I own tells me that today’s Wedding Present cover was the 2nd track on the A side, and you could argue, therefore, not the lead track on the EP. Certainly the sleeve seems to indicate that honour goes to “Corduroy“, but that is the only track on the AA side.

Q: When does the song on the AA side actually become the A side? A: When both sides have been released by The Wedding Present.

So you can hardly be surprised that amongst the confusion, today’s choice is the one that attracted the most attention, hence it being the one they played on one of their oh-too-rare appearances on Top of The Pops. (One of the more indifferent appearances there: microphones? What microphones??) Though not the most indifferent… ) Though I suspect Gedge was merely objecting to the fact that Anthea Turner seemed to be introducing them, again.

284 The Wedding Present – Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)

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Actually, as far as I know this is the only song that The Wedding Present have released two versions of. For ever-so-slightly earlier in 1990, they released this proto-version as part of the Anti-Poll Tax album, “Alvin Lives in Leeds”:

R-406728-1268881171_jpeg The Wedding Present – Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) (Alvin version)

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And here’s the original, like you don’t already own it:

steve-harley-and-cockney-rebel-make-me-smile-come-up-and-see-me-emi-5 Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel: Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)

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PS: One of the things I love about writing this blog is that when I start digging around for links to include, I occasionally find that an artiste I’m featuring has released something I was unaware of, and such is the case today. I had no idea that the DVD in the Corduroy link existed, and have now bought a copy. Who says that blogging is killing music…??