El Rey (The Wedding Present album)

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El Rey
TheWeddingPresent ElRey.jpg
Studio album by The Wedding Present
Released United States May 20, 2008
United Kingdom May 26, 2008
Recorded January 2008
Genre Indie rock
Length 45:32
Label Manifesto (US)
Vibrant (UK)
Producer Steve Albini, The Wedding Present, Pete Magdaleno
The Wedding Present chronology
Search for Paradise: Singles 2004-5
(2006)Search for Paradise: Singles 2004-52006
El Rey
Singles from El Rey
  1. "The Thing I Like Best About Him Is His Girlfriend"
    Released: May 5, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
NME (8/10) (05/24/2008, p.39)
Cosmos Gaming [2]

El Rey is the seventh studio album by The Wedding Present. It was released in the US on May 20, 2008, by Manifesto Records, and on May 26, 2008, in the UK by Vibrant Records/Pinnacle Records. The album is the band's first album since 2005's Take Fountain. El Rey was preceded by the first single "The Thing I Like Best About Him Is His Girlfriend" as a digital download only.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Santa Ana Winds" (Gedge, de Castro) - 3:56
  2. "Spider-Man on Hollywood" (Gedge, McConville) - 3:30
  3. "I Lost the Monkey" (Gedge, Cleave) - 3:50
  4. "Soup" (Gedge, Ramsay) - 3:49
  5. "Palisades" (Gedge, de Castro) - 3:51
  6. "The Trouble with Men" (Gedge, Ramsay) - 5:22
  7. "Model, Actress, Whatever..." (Gedge, de Castro) - 3:58
  8. "Don't Take Me Home Until I'm Drunk" (Gedge, McConville) - 3:07
  9. "The Thing I Like Best About Him Is His Girlfriend" (Santa Monica and La Brea Version)(Gedge, de Castro) - 4:34
  10. "Boo Boo" (Gedge, de Castro) - 6:23
  11. "Swingers" (Gedge, Cleave) - 3:05
  12. "Back for Good" (Exclusive Bonus Track) - 4:41 - iTunes Store only, cover of a Take That track


The Wedding Present
  • David Gedge - lead vocals, guitars, mellotron
  • Terry de Castro - bass guitar, vocals, Hammond organ, lead vocals on #11
  • Christopher McConville - guitars, Hammond organ, mellotron
  • Graeme Ramsay - drums, percussion, mellotron

Recorded and mixed by Steve Albini

Southern California references[edit]