Bizarro (album)

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Bizarro
Studio album by The Wedding Present
Released October 1989
Recorded 1989, England
Genre Alternative rock, indie pop
Length 46:58
Label RCA
Producer Chris Allison
The Wedding Present chronology
Українські Виступи в Івана Піла
(1989)
Bizarro
(1989)
Seamonsters
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Bizarro is the second studio album by The Wedding Present. It was released in October 1989 by their record label, RCA.

About the album[edit]

The Wedding Present's second studio album and first "proper" album for RCA came hot on the heels of the Українські Виступи в Івана Піла folk music sidestep and showed that the band had grown both musically and lyrically. The same production team was used as on debut album George Best, but Bizarro sounds a lot tougher, which had probably also to do with an increased recording budget. Lyrically, Gedge still chronicles the same tales of lust, love, jealousy and revenge, but is a lot more mature about it, while musically the band sounds much tighter and experimental, often ending songs in Velvet Underground-like extended rhythm guitar workouts.

Technically speaking, only one single was taken from the album, "Kennedy", which provided the band with their first Top 40 hit, reaching #33. In early 1990, The Wedding Present re-recorded "Brassneck" with Steve Albini, which reached #24 in the UK charts. The single and its B-sides were later included on U.S. release of the album, and are also included on the Singles 1989-1991 compilation. A remastered CD version, released by BMG Camden in 2001, also features the B-sides of the "Kennedy" single, including a cover version of the Tom Jones hit "It's Not Unusual".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by David Gedge (unless otherwise noted).

Original LP[edit]

Side A[edit]

  1. Brassneck – 4:51
  2. Crushed – 2:32
  3. No – 4:11
  4. Thanks – 2:22
  5. Kennedy – 4:20
  6. What Have I Said Now? – 5:18

Side B[edit]

  1. Granadaland – 4:50
  2. Bewitched – 6:42
  3. Take Me! – 9:15
  4. Be Honest – 2:37

US CD release[edit]

  1. Brassneck [original version] – 4:52
  2. Crushed – 2:32
  3. No – 4:11
  4. Thanks – 2:22
  5. Kennedy – 4:20
  6. What Have I Said Now? – 5:18
  7. Granadaland – 4:50
  8. Bewitched – 6:42
  9. Take Me! – 9:15
  10. Brassneck [Steve Albini version] – 4:22
  11. Don't Talk Just Kiss – 3:20
  12. Gone – 2:42
  13. Box Elder (written by Pavement) – 2:14
  14. Be Honest – 2:37

UK Remastered CD[edit]

  1. Brassneck [original version] – 4:52
  2. Crushed – 2:32
  3. No – 4:11
  4. Thanks – 2:22
  5. Kennedy – 4:20
  6. What Have I Said Now? – 5:18
  7. Granadaland – 4:50
  8. Bewitched – 6:42
  9. Take Me! – 9:15
  10. Be Honest – 2:37
  11. Unfaithful – 3:21
  12. One Day This Will All Be Yours – 2:02
  13. It's Not Unusual (Les Reed and Gordon Mills) – 2:09
  14. Brassneck (Steve Albini version) – 4:22
  15. Don't Talk Just Kiss – 3:20
  16. Gone – 2:42
  17. Box Elder (written by Stephen Malkmus of Pavement) – 2:14

People involved[edit]

The band[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Technical staff[edit]

References[edit]

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