I’m a huge fan of Take Fountain which was the 2005 ‘comeback’ album by The Wedding Present in the sense that it was the first music released under that moniker in nine years. But during that hiatus, David Gedge had been very busy writing and recording music as part of Cinerama, a band which released three albums and twelve singles of incredibly and consistently high quality. There were also, you’ll not be surprised to know, a whole bundle of Peel Sessions and as was always the case with David Gedge, the opportunity was usually taken to air what were the unreleased tracks as well as having a stab at an unusual unexpected cover.

I’ll actually look at some covers in tomorrow’s posting but for today I’m focusing on some Peel session songs by Cinerama that wouldn’t see light of day until TWP laid them down for Take Fountain.

There’s two sessions involved – the first was recorded on 8 May 2003 and broadcast on 4 June 2003 and included these two tracks:-

mp3 : Cinerama – Edinburgh
mp3 : Cinerama – Larry’s

The former would be renamed as I’m From Further North Than You but in a tribute to its original title the promo video for its release as a single was shot entirely on location in Scotland’s capital.

mp3 : The Wedding Present – I’m From Further North Than You
mp3 : The Wedding Present – Larry’s

The other cuts are from the band’s sixth and final Peel Session, recorded on 27 November 2003 but not broadcast until 6 January 2004:-

mp3 : Cinerama – Always The Quiet One
mp3 : Cinerama – Mars Sparkles Down On Me
mp3 : Cinerama – Why Are Nickels Bigger Than Dimes?

Both sessions are unlike all the previous Cinerama material as they are arranged, more or less, for a more basic lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass and drums rather than the more complex style involving strings, brass and woodwind. So it made perfect sense just to take the songs and record them under the TWP moniker. Incidentally the last of the tracks on this second session was also given a different title and while it didn’t make the cut for Take Fountain it did appear as a b-side:-

mp3 : The Wedding Present – Always The Quiet One
mp3 : The Wedding Present – Mars Sparkles Down On Me
mp3 : The Wedding Present – Nickels and Dimes



  1. I’m going to take this opportunity to shamelessly plug David Gedge’s comic book biography that I do all the drawings for! We’re working on the 10th issue right now, back issues available here:
    End of plug.
    Also, it’s surely time for a Wedding Present imaginary compilation album. Below are my choices. As you can probably tell, I prefer the earlier fast ones…
    1. Felicity (Orange Juice cover from their first Peel Session. Purely a narcissistic choice as it was the track that got me ‘into’ them).
    2. Once More (second single, probably my favourite…)
    3. My Favourite Dress (but then again, this could be my favourite too…)
    4. Brassneck (‘nuff said!)
    5. Kennedy (ditto)
    6. This Boy Can Wait (probably my favourite too… sigh!)
    7. Dalliance (From ‘Seamonsters’ – always amazing live too!)
    8. Go Out And Get ‘Em Boy (stunning debut 7”)
    9. Fleshworld (first heard on Peel and I actually thought ‘Who IS this?’ All the songs sound the same? I don’t think so).
    10. Take Me! (from ‘Bizarro’ – epic in every sense)
    11. Bonus track: You Should Always Keep In Touch With your Friends (great sentiment, great song!)
    I don’t know how you do these compilations for bands that have been going for such a LONG time! I’m sure you’ll do a better job than me when you get round to it. There are so many more that I could have included, but these are the ones I would miss the most if all of my vinyl, CD and mp3 collection vanished from the face of the Earth!

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