News Archive 2004

In reverse chronological order

STEREOWONDERLAND

Wedding Present guitarist Simon Cleave now DJs on the third Friday of every month at the Stereowonderland Club in Koln, Germany. Admission is free and Simon usually DJs from 10 PM into well into the early hours! Catch him there this Friday [17th December].


THE WEDDING PRESENT PAY TRIBUTE TO JOHN PEEL

The Wedding Present are taking part in 'Peel Night', the BBC's six hour homage to the broadcasting legend which can be heard on Radio 1 on Thursday 16 December from 7PM. The programme comes from the BBC Studios at Maida Vale in London and includes a sixty minute documentary followed by live bands and DJs. The Wedding Present are scheduled to play live at 11PM following sets from people like P.J. Harvey, Belle And Sebastian, Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Hefner.


FESTIVE FIFTY 2004

Despite the untimely death of John Peel, there will still be a Festive Fifty this year, and, as usual, you are invited to vote for your three favourite tracks of the year.

There are two ways of doing this:

1. By post, writing your three favourite tracks [and the artists] in order on a postcard or on the back of a sealed envelope and sending it to:

Festive 50, Radio 1, Yalding House, 152-156 Gt. Portland Street, London W1N 6AJ

2. On line, by going to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/alt/johnpeel/festive_fifty_2004.shtml

and following the step by step instructions.


INTERSTATE 5 OUT ON MONDAY 15TH NOVEMBER

INTERSTATE 5, the first Wedding Present single for over seven years will now be out on Monday 15th November 2004.


EUROPEAN TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

The Wedding Present will be touring Europe next Spring and dates have just been confirmed. Please check out the 'Concerts' page of this site for dates and venues. More details as they are announced.


DECEMBER CONCERTS

David Gedge and Simon Cleave will be performing an acoustic set together in Germany this December. The concerts, which are being organised by the German music magazine INTRO, will be as follows:

Monday 6th December, Berlin - Maria am Ostbahnhof

Wednesday 8th December, Koeln - Gebaude 9

Also on the bill for these two nights are Broken Social Scene and possibly Polyphonic Spree, who have not yet confirmed. If anyone needs further information please send a mail to stickman@stickman-records.de


ROUND TABLE ON 6 MUSIC

David Gedge will be one of the three guest reviewers on Andrew Collins' Round Table show on BBC 6Music at 6PM on Friday 5 November 2004. You can listen to the show at www.bbc.co.uk/6music


JOHN PEEL'S DEATH

David Gedge of The Wedding Present and Cinerama said:

"We are shocked and distraught to hear the news. Aside from the fact that he presented the most challenging and entertaining program on the radio, as everyone who looks at this web site already knows, he was a huge influence on my life and musical tastes. Both Sally [Murrell] and I have gotten to know John and his wife, Sheila, well over the last twenty years and can honestly say that we'd be hard pressed to name warmer, nicer people. Our thoughts are with her and the family.

"He will be remembered for the huge number of great artists that he brought to the attention of the listening public. He was not a careerist and he was not affected by marketing campaigns. If he liked records, he played them on the radio. As a result, you heard music on his show that you would not hear anywhere else. His passing has a created a void in British culture.

"I've rarely missed a programme since the late seventies; if I've ever been away, friends have taped it for me. I'm so used to hearing his voice that it feels like I've lost a member of my own family. I know many people will feel like that. John's show was much more than just a radio show. This is an unbelievably sad day."

Simon Cleave simply added: "It's the end of an era".


DAVID GEDGE ON JUICE

For those of you in the Brighton area of England, David will be a co-hosting Claire Kember's radio show on Juice 107.2 FM between 8PM and 10PM on Thursday 11 November 2004. The rest of the world will be able to listen on demand via the daily show during 12th-14th November at www.totallyradio.com


DAVID GEDGE DJ-ING IN LONDON

To celebrate the Interstate 5 single release, David Gedge will be DJ-ing at "How Does It Feel To Be Loved?" on Friday 19th November in The Buffalo Bar, Highbury Corner, 259 Upper Street, London N1 1RU between 9PM and 2AM. David will be on at 10:30PM. Admission: £3 members, £5 non members. Membership is free in advance from www.howdoesitfeel.co.uk


FIRST NEW WEDDING PRESENT SINGLE SINCE 1997

The Wedding Present release INTERSTATE 5, their first single for over seven years, on Monday 8 November 2004. Scopitones will release the three track CD [the full track listing of which is: Interstate 5, Bad Thing and Snapshots] in the United Kingdom. All three songs were written by David Gedge and Simon Cleave and recorded in Seattle by Steve Fisk, who also produced The Wedding Present's Watusi album a decade ago. Interstate 5 is taken from a forthcoming Wedding Present album which will see the light of day in early 2005. Please note that the single will not be available for purchase by mail order from this web site until Monday 29 November 2004.

Film-maker Tim Middlewick has made a promotional video for Interstate 5.


NORTH AMERICAN RELEASE OF CINERAMA DVD

GET UP AND GO, Cinerama's 'life on the road' DVD will be finally get its North American release on Tuesday 16 November 2004. Scopitones North America are releasing this 68 minute documentary, which follows the band as they tour and promote their album 'Torino' with concerts, radio sessions and interviews around the United Kingdom. Extra features include an interview with David Gedge where he talks, amongst other things, about Steve Albini and America. The DVD will be distributed by Redeye Distribution of North Carolina. www.redeyeusa.com


NEWS UPDATES

The first Wedding Present John Peel Session for nearly a decade was broadcast on BBC Radio 1 on Tuesday 21 September 2004. Peel remarked: "This session has been as good as anything they've done over the years".

Meanwhile, there was quite a rush of emails inquiring about David's Wedding Present shirts with the result that most of the items have now been allocated


PEEL SESSION TRANSMISSION

The BBC have now informed us that the John Peel Session will be transmitted from 11:00 PM on Tuesday 21 September 2004 after all, and have apologised for any confusion caused by their clerical error.


NEW ADDRESS

Please note the new postal address for Scopitones, the home of Cinerama and The Wedding Present:

Post Office Box 3, Brighton BN1 6DU, UK


AN APOLOGY

Scopitones would like to apologise for the late dispatch of the recent newsletter which arrived in inboxes after the transmission of the TV program it was meant to publicise! This was due to circumstances beyond our control, but, fortunately, the documentary [entitled The Wedding Present] will be transmitted again at Midnight on Tuesday 21 September 2004. This time, apparently, it will also be shown in the Granada TV region, too.

If any of you worried about the apparent clash with the transmission on Radio 1 of the forthcoming John Peel Session, the BBC have just informed us that this session will now not be transmitted on 21 September 2004. They are unable to provide us with a new slot at this time, but we will post the date on these news pages as soon as they let us know.


NEW CINERAMA 7" SINGLE RELEASED ON 8 JUNE 2004

"It's Not You, It's Me" and "Erinner Dich", recorded during Cinerama's North American tour of 2002 at Zero Return Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, are now available for the first time, exclusively from Go Metric! Records of Seattle, USA. "It's Not You, It's Me", on side A, is a dynamic pop tune, describing the final fling of an illicit affair in classic Gedge style. Side B features "Erinner Dich", a cover of the German disco hit from the Kraut-pop wonders Klee (who supported Cinerama on their German tour dates in April 2004). Always ready for a new linguistic challenge, Gedge dusted off his Deutsch dictionary to sing "Erinner Dich" in the original language. Both tracks feature immense, emotive guitar set against a languid pop backdrop.

This single, released on 8 June 2004, is only available on 7", cream-coloured vinyl [Catalogue number: mm001] and is limited to 1,500 copies. Please note that it will not be available by mail order from Cinerama. It will have limited distribution to stores in Europe and North America, but can also be ordered directly from Go Metric! [This is the first in a series of specialty vinyl singles that Go Metric! intends to release]. Please visit www.gometricrecords.com for more information, or e-mail orders@gometricrecords.com to find out how to buy the single.


NORTH AMERICAN [NTSC] RELEASE OF CINERAMA DVD CANCELLED

We are sorry to announce that Manifesto Records have decided that they will not release an NTSC version of "Get Up And Go" [the Cinerama DVD] in North America. Consequently, Cinerama's label, Scopitones, is now in discussion with another American record company.


CINERAMA BACK IN THE STUDIO

Following their successful recent mini-tour of Europe, Cinerama have now decamped to Seattle where they will be recording their fourth studio album over the summer with Steve Fisk [producer of Cinerama's Festive Fifty Chart-Topper "Don't Touch That Dial", The Wedding Present's classic 'pop' album "Watusi" and Low's breakthrough "The Curtain Hits The Cast"].

The band have also taken the opportunity to pop into Seattle's radio station KEXP (www.kexp.org) to play some of their new songs live on John Richard's breakfast show.


ORANGE SLICES 9

Darren Bugg is now busy putting together the 9th issue of Orange Slices, the award winning Cinerama and Wedding Present fanzine, and is currently inviting people to contribute via orangeslicesnet@aol.com or Orange Slices, c/o Cinerama, Post Office Box 3 Brighton BN1 6DU UK.

This year's features include a fan-wide survey on the weird and wonderful things Cinerama songs make people think of. Now's the time to add your ideas to the compilation of memories, associations and fantasies triggered by your favourite Cinerama song. Just contact the feature's writer: Louise Hume at louisebythesea@aol.com

Says Louise: "I want people to tell me about memories or associations that get triggered by their favourite songs.... What they were doing when they heard the song for the first time, what/where/who does it remind them of, why do they like it so much... Or, where does the song take your imagination? If you were making a promotional video for a Cinerama song, which would you choose? Where would you set it? What would happen? Be as outrageous, predictable, imaginative, X-rated, mundane, magically-realistic, unlikely or obvious as you want. So go on... Turn the computer off, lie in a dark room, play your favourite song and e-mail me now!"


GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS

We are pleased to announce that Sally has now successfully completed her intensive course and has begun tackling the backlog of mail order. If you've been awaiting merchandise, thank you for your patience and your items should be with you soon, unless your order included a DVD [in which case it should arrive around 12 April].

The mail order backlog isn't actually quite as large as it might've been, though, because the people who look after our post office box have been returning letters to senders [contrary to our wishes, that is!]. The confusion now appears to be sorted out, so if you recently wrote to us and got your letter back, please accept our apologies and try again!


DVD UPDATE

Scopitones are currently in negotiation with Manifesto Records of Los Angeles, who wish to release an NTSC version of "Get Up And Go" for North America. Please note that only the PAL version will be available from this site.

Pre-ordered copies will not be despatched until 12/04/04.


GET UP AND GO DVD

Scopitones have finally set a release date for GET UP AND GO, film maker Tim Middlewick's Cinerama DVD. This documentary follows the band as they perform and promote the album TORINO with concerts, radio interviews and sessions around the United Kingdom.

It also includes footage of the band performing an acoustic version of The Wedding Present's CORDUROY and, in the extra features, David Gedge talks openly about his influences and inspirations, his favourite records and his songwriting. With the fly on the wall style of GET UP AND GO, Middlewick has succeeded in capturing the highs and lows experienced by a band on tour.

GET UP AND GO [TONE DVD 017] will be released by Scopitones on Monday 12 April.


NEW FORUM NOW OPEN

The new forum is now open for use. You will need to register. To do this click on the forum link on the menu.

Let us know what you think!


No.1 FOR DON'T TOUCH THAT DIAL

Cinerama have had their best year ever in John Peel's 2003 Festive Fifty - the annual chart compiled from votes cast by listeners to the veteran BBC presenter's Radio 1 show. The most recent single: "Don't Touch That Dial" reached No.1.

The band would like to sincerely thank everybody who took the time to vote for them, particularly since only one point divided the top two tracks in the chart! David was especially pleased. Although he's had three No.2's and three No.3's over the years since The Wedding Present's "Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft" reached third place in 1987, he's never been top dog before!

Meanwhile, the band's new John Peel session was transmitted, as expected, on Tuesday 6 January, to universal acclaim. One listener wished that the session could "go on forever" while Peel himself said that he hoped the band could return to the BBC studios before the end of 2004.


DUTCH DATE

David Gedge and Simon Cleave will be taking a break from songwriting when they appear in Amsterdam as guests of Dutch band Persil [pictured] on Tuesday 10 February. Simon and David will be performing a few songs acoustically at the event, which is to celebrate the release of Persil's debut album on Transformed Dreams Records. The concert starts at 8:30 PM at The Paradiso, Weteringschans 6-8, Amsterdam, Netherlands, [Tel: +31 20 626 4521]. Cyozlab and Persil [who covered The Wedding Present's "Kennedy" on their Snapcracklepop E.P. in 2002] will be amongst the other artists appearing.


MERCHANDISE

Cinerama's Sally Murrell will be attending an intensive full time course from the middle of February until the middle of March and, since she almost single-handedly runs the Cinerama mail order department, service is obviously going to suffer drastically during these dates. Please allow longer for delivery and be patient! Thanks.