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The Wedding Present is a rock group based in Leeds, England, that was formed in 1984 from the ashes of the Lost Pandas. Their music has evolved from fast-paced indie rock in the vein of their most obvious influences The Fall, Buzzcocks and Gang of Four, to more varied forms.
= The Lost Pandas fell apart in 1984 when singer David Gedge's then girlfriend Janet Rigby, the drummer for the band, ran away with guitarist Michael Duane. Gedge and the Pandas' bass player, Keith Gregory, decided to continue the band, renaming it The Wedding Present.
Gedge had wanted to use the name "The Wedding Present" for ages but was afraid of the perceived similarity with the name of one of his favourite bands, The Birthday Party. By the time the Lost Pandas broke up, however, that band had gone as well and Gedge felt free to name his new band The Wedding Present.
cquote|Iâ€™ve always thought that The Wedding Present was an inappropriate name for a pop group - more like a poem, or a book or something - and therefore quite attractive (to me!). Iâ€™ve also always been fascinated by weddings...
I used to be a huge Birthday Party fan an...
|years active||1984–1997, 2004–present|
|music genre||Rock (music)|
|current members||David Gedge (1984â€“present, singer|
|past members|| Peter Solowka (1984â€“1991, guitar, accordion)|
Mike Bedford (1984â€“1985, drums)
Keith Gregory (1984-1993, bass guitar)
Shaun Charman (1985â€“1988, drums)
Simon Smith (1988-1997, drums)
Paul Dorrington (1991-1995, guitar)
Darren Belk (1993â€“1995, bass guitar, guitar, singer