Bizarro (album)

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Bizarro
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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 Ukrainian John Peel SessionsУкраїнські Виступи в Івана Піла folk music sidestep and showed that the band had grown both musically and lyrically.[citation needed] The same production team was used as on debut album George Best, but Bizarro sounds a lot tougher[citation needed], which had probably[citation needed] 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[citation needed], while musically the band sounds much tighter and experimental[citation needed], 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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