The Thing The Wedding Present’s David Gedge Likes Best: British Sea Power

Over the course of a quarter of a century, Wedding Present and Cinerama auteur David Gedge has consistently documented the intricacies of interpersonal communication, mostly of the romantic kind. While currently writing new tunes in his tradition of celebrating romantic bliss and bemoaning lost love, Gedge is also revisiting some old flames. His label, Scopitones, last week released Live 1988, a double album of concert recordings from—you guessed it—1988, the second in a series of LPs collecting live cassettes that were sold at gigs and through their fanzine in the late ’80s. The band is also playing Bizarro, arguably the best Wedding Present effort, in its entirety during a tour that kicked off April 1 in San Diego. Gedge will be guest editing all week. Read our brand new Q&A with him and our 2005 career overview of the Wedding Present.


Gedge: I came late to the work of British Sea Power because someone described them to me as being quite theatrical and it kind of put me off. But I regret that now because I missed out on a few years of seeing them. When I finally caught them live, they just seemed a little quirky, with their slightly odd clothes and extravagant stage designs. I didn’t know what to expect, but it certainly wasn’t the massive, powerfully melodic wall of sound that hit me. It’s definitely not straightforward rock music, and it’s no less entertaining because of that. They’re also extremely nice people.