Play loud and blow away those Monday morning cobwebs.
It entered the Top 40 at #34 on 7 October 1989. One week later it had rocketed up to #33. It was the first time The Wedding Present cracked the higher(ish) end of the charts as the previous two singles, Nobody’s Twisting Your Arm and Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now? had stalled in the 40s.
It was their first single on a major label and it probably did more than anything else up to this point in time to being the band to the attention of a wider audience. It was certainly the first record of theirs that I ever bought.
In 2015, David Gedge, having been told by an on-line interviewer that Kennedy had been one of the defining songs of the decade, was asked if was dearth/death of the American Dream? Here’s his full answer:-
I’m not really one for explaining my lyrics. That’s usually because they’re so obvious but ‘Kennedy’ is different from my usual style. It’s a lot more vague, for one thing. I wrote it after reading about the Kennedy assassination and the theories about mafia and CIA involvement… so draw your own conclusions!
Three tracks on the b-side of the 12″ – these have also been ripped at 320kpbs. The middle of them is particularly good, while the last of them is a cover, one of a substantial number that Gedge has recorded over the years, either with TWP or under the banner of Cinerama.
And remember, I’m more than happy to take requests and/or guest postings for this series.