News Archive 2002

In reverse chronological order


David Gedge discusses some of the records that have been most influential to him on Tracy MacLeod's BBC 6 Music radio show on Sunday 24 November from 9:30 AM.

There are three ways to receive BBC digital radio: via a DAB digital radio, digital satellite TV or the internet.


Cinerama have now returned to The United Kingdom following their twenty three date concert tour of The United States Of America. The tour was Cinerama's largest so far and the band would like to thank everyone who came along and made the trip the success it was.

While in Atlanta the band stopped off at Zero Return Studios and recorded two new tracks "It's Not You, It's Me" and "Erinner Dich". The latter is a cover of a German disco record. More news about this later... in the meantime we are pleased to announce that the second Cinerama singles compilation, the 14-track "Cinerama Holiday" is now available for sale from the merchandise section of this site, and "Torino" has just been released in Japan by P-Vine Records.

Finally, we should mention that you can now contribute to The Festive Fifty, the chart of the best records of 2002 as voted for by listeners to John Peel's BBC Radio 1 Show. Click here.


Cinerama, who are currently on tour in the United States of America have agreed to play a couple of free mini-shows at two record shops in addition to the scheduled concerts. The details are as follows:

3PM on Friday 18 October at: "33 Degree" 4017 Gaudalupe Austin, Texas.
7PM on Monday 28 October at: "Amoeba Music" 6400 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, California.

On the day of their concert in Seattle the band also recorded a session for a local radio station: KEXP. The recording will be archived at for a week.


The Garden Of Earthly Delights is a weekly radio show hosted by Shane Quentin, broadcast live in the UK on Cable Radio Milton Keynes [89.8 fm] in the UK from 10pm til midnight every Friday. A session recently recorded with Cinerama will be broadcast on October 25th.

Visit the site at


Next month Cinerama will be recording a session for one of the BBC's new digital radio channels: 6 MUSIC. The session, which is to take place at the BBC's studios in Maida Vale, will comprise six tracks, two of which will be played live into Tom Robinson's show during the evening of Thursday 19 September at around 21.40 GMT. One of the live tracks will be repeated on Gideon Coe's show the following morning and the four pre-recorded tracks will be played out on The Evening Sequence [Monday-Thursday] the following week.

There are four ways to listen to 6 Music: via a DAB digital radio, digital satellite TV, digital cable TV or via the internet at

David Gedge and Simon Cleave will also be dropping into Sean Hughes' 6 Music show on Sunday 25 August to chat and play some acoustic songs live.


Further dates have been confirmed on the band's American tour:

16.10.02 New Orleans The Parish / House Of Blues NEW
17.10.02 Houston Mary Jane's NEW
21.10.02 Kansas City The Brick NEW
25.10.02 Sacramento Capitol Garage NEW
26.10.02 San Francisco Bottom Of The Hill NEW

For the full list of confirmed forthcoming Cinerama concerts, please visit the Tour Dates page of this web site.


Wedding Present fans (we think there may be one or two of you out there!) may be interested to know that some copies of the Wedding Present 12" single "It's A Gas" have been unearthed. The track-listing is; It's A Gas, Jumper Clown It's A Gas (Acoustic Version) and Bubbles... and it's all pressed on a most tasteful purple vinyl!

Just £1.80 from the Merchandise section.


David Gedge and Simon Cleave are set to appear with Jonathan Ross during his BBC Radio 2 show on Saturday 3 August. The two Cinerama guitarists will be interviewed and will play a song acoustically.


Cinerama recently completed a concert tour of Great Britain in support of
Torino, their new album. The concerts went very well [apart from the one in
Dundee which was cancelled because the promoter double-booked the band into a
hip hop night and declined David's offer to go up and do a bit of
scratching]. Cinerama would like to apologise for this cancellation and at
the same time thank everyone who made the effort to come along to the other
dates. The band are now preparing for further concerts in Northern Ireland
and The Republic of Ireland next month and, at the same time, working on an
American tour which will start in California on September 26 and end there a
month later.

Early confirmed dates include:

27.09.02 Los Angeles Troubadour
28.09.02 San Francisco Great American Music Hall
01.10.02 Seattle Crocodile
05.10.02 Chicago Metro
09.10.02 New York City Knitting Factory
10.10.02 Boston MA Middle East Down
13.10.02 Atlanta GA Echo Lounge

A full list will follow in due course.


The next Cinerama single "Careless" will be released by Scopitones
on Monday 2 September and will feature two previously unreleased tracks:
"This Isn't What It Looks Like" and "Sparkle Lipstick".

Yorkshire filmmaker Tim Middlewick has made a promotional video for this single compiled from
footage filmed on the British tour. If anyone knows any TV programs who would
be interested in showing it, please get in touch.


David Gedge discusses five of his favourite films in a short article for the August 2002 issue of Uncut Magazine which is in shops now, priced £3.90.

The magazine goes on to review Cinerama's new album thus: "It's taken four years but, with last year's epic "Health And Efficiency" single making Number Three in John Peel's Festive Fifty, Cinerama are finally escaping the shadow of David Gedge's illustrious indie-legend past. In Wedding Present terms, "Torino" is Cinerama's Seamonsters; a giant beast of adulterous lyrical fantasies, cult soundtrack flourishes and the screams of Gedge's Steve Albini-engineered guitars. The surreptitious text message of "Get Up And Go" shows his sketches of infidelity are moving with the times, while Gedge's music - as on the orchestral grunge blockbuster "Cat Girl Tights" - has, if anything, ripened with age."



Due to circumstances completely beyond our control the Dundee concert has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


The Wedding Present's 1990 Top Of The Pops 'performance' of "Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)" will be reshown courtesy of BBC2's "Top Of The Pops 2" on Tuesday 9th July - sandwiched in between Bauhaus and The Real Thing, apparently! If nothing else this will give you another chance to marvel at guitarist Peter Solowka's masterly use of the 'double necked' guitar as the band rip their way through the Cockney Rebel cover which was originally recorded for the "3 Songs" EP. This track is now available on the Camden DeLuxe reissue of "Seamonsters" which was released in 2001 along with Bizarro, both of which with extra tracks.


Torino, the third album by Cinerama, will be released by Scopitones in Europe on 01.07.02 and Manifesto Records in North America on 02.07.02. The thirteen track CD was recorded in the USA and the UK by Steve Albini & Dare Mason. Cinerama have now confirmed the dates on their forthcoming concert tour of Great Britain. See "tour dates" for full details.


David Gedge discusses some of his favourite records with Virgin Radio's Pete Mitchell in "RazorCuts" at 8 PM GMT on Sunday 16 June 02. Virgin Radio broadcasts in FM in London, medium wave to the rest of the UK and from to the rest of the world.


Pictures of Cinerama's appearance at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain on 18 May 02 can be found at