Best Of 2010, Guest Editors: The Wedding Present’s David Gedge On His Father’s Malapropisms

As 2010 comes to an end, we are taking a look back at some of our favorite posts of the year by our guest editors.

Gedgelogo1Over 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.

gedgedad3Gedge: One of the things that makes me laugh quite a lot is when my dad comes home from a holiday in France and says things like, “Oh, the traffic was terrible on the Parakeet.” (Otherwise known as La Périphérique in Paris.) Malapropism is the substitution of a word for a word with a similar sound, in which the resulting phrase makes no sense but often creates a comic effect. The family favourite is from when my parents returned from the Canary Islands, and he said, “Ah, yes it was nice. We had a lot of erotic fruit.” The joke will ultimately be on me, though; I hear it’s a hereditary condition.

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