Gosh, this is my 200th post!
And, here’s a surprise: a track by The Wedding Present. Who’d have thunk it?
In early 1990, in between the release of the “Bizarro” and “Seamonsters” albums, the band hooked up with Steve Albini to re-record the “Brassneck” single. Albini dislikes the term “producer”; he prefers to be either uncredited or referred to as the “recording engineer.” The project led to Albini returning to
produce engineer the whole “Seamonsters” album.
At the time, The Wedding Present were one of those bands whose B-sides and additional tracks on 12″ and CD singles were worth listening to (see also all singles by The Smiths and oh-go-on-then-I’ll-admit-it early Oasis singles) featuring as they did songs which at best were potential singles, at the very least album tracks. There will be further evidence of this at some point in the future here.
One of the extra tracks on the “Brassneck” 12″ was this absolute monster:
The only down-side of this, one of my favourite Wedding Present songs ever, is that it has the same title as this:
Don’t worry, I’ve got this covered. We can salvage something positive from this.
In 1992, the Heavenly record label released a three track 12″ featuring acts from their stable performing covers of songs by Right Said Fred, with all proceeds going to the Terence Higgins Trust. The other two tracks will almost undoubtedly feature on these pages sooner or later; for now though, here’s Flowered Up’s version of the above song, one of the finest moments they ever committed to vinyl in their short-lived career: