David Gedge and Richard Houghton
the wedding present: All The Songs Sound The Same
Co-edited by David Gedge, this book brings together over 300 stories from fans, friends and current and former band members, who each write about their favourite song by The Wedding Present or David’s other band, Cinerama.
David Gedge said: ‘When I’m asked to choose my favourite of the songs I’ve written, I never know what to say. It’s like asking who your favourite child is! How could I pick just one? However, I did think it would be interesting to see which songs fans would select, and why. There’s quite a few from which to choose; The Wedding Present – together with my other band, Cinerama – have recorded over 300 tracks. When an audience member requests one of the 280-plus songs that we haven’t rehearsed for that particular evening’s set I usually sympathise with them by saying, “I know, I know… there are just too many classics, aren’t there?!”' Altogether more than 100 different Wedding Present and Cinerama songs are dissected and then championed as the best of David’s songwriting, with contributors including Sir Keir Starmer KCB KC MP, Stella Creasy MP, folk singer Amelia Coburn, the Legendary Len Liggins (The Ukrainians), journalist & broadcaster Andrew Collins and music writer Mark Beaumont, as well as current or former Wedding Present members Patrick Alexander Shaun Charman, Terry de Castro, Melanie Howard, Marcus Kain, Charles Layton, Graeme Ramsay, Peter Solowka, Jon Stewart (from Sleeper) and Danielle Wadey.