The Wedding Present – Flying Saucer 7″

This 7″ we have today was easily the most difficult piece of wax I’ve encountered since I started this blog. For starters, the only clue to anything on the 7″ would be the name of the band, THE WEDDING PRESENT. The name of the record label – Ramona Records – wasn’t even good enough to supply us with any solid information. This meant drastic measures needed to be taken.

The two names on either side of the record weren’t even the actual song names for their respective sides. Side one reads “The world’s least complex pop group”, and the other side reads “It’s what you want that matters,” and you would probably assume that these are the track names, but their not! So Ramona Records is completely non-existent on the interweb, and then they make you guess what the tracks are. Fun! If it weren’t for the lyrics of these songs, I may have never found the names, because to be honest, I snagged this 7″ in the record store just for the hell of it one day. I had no idea what I was getting into or what it was all about – but now I’m glad I picked it up, and for only $3.99! Of course, only after going through the process of figuring out the names of these damn songs!

After some thorough searching, I found that the two tracks were called “Flying Saucer” and “Dalliance”. “Flying Saucer” originally came from a compilation album called “Hit Parade 2”, while “Dalliance” came from their third album “Seamonsters”. Any experienced Wedding Present listener would probably already have known this – hence why I had to do some careful searching myself. Both of the tracks sound as if they were performed in some sort of live setting, because you can hear people cheering and carrying on at the beginning and the end of the songs.

“Flying Saucer” starts out like any song would, but you’ll probably notice right away that there’s a feeling of something bigger and better to come shortly down the road. You can just feel it with the strum of the guitar. Then, sure enough, the song continues to build as the guitars get fuller, more intricate and detailed, and before you know it you’ll be dying to hear this song again. Please don’t miss it, it’s one of those songs that has that power to keep you coming back over and over again. I’m slowly but surely discovering this quality right now.

PS – If I was wrong about anything above, PLEASE correct me by leaving a comment below.

Flying Saucer –

Dalliance –

My Rating: 7/10
Genre/ Tags: Indie Rock, Alternative, Pop
Flying Saucer 7″: Tracklist:
1.) Flying Saucer
2.) Dalliance

The Wedding Present – Official Website
The Wedding Present on Myspace

9 thoughts on “The Wedding Present – Flying Saucer 7″

      1. Oh yeah, I’ve heard just about everything the band has done except for what appears to be this very rare bootleg that you stumbled upon. Thanks for taking the time to share it.

        If you haven’t heard the proper album versions of these two songs, they’re worth your time. Mindblowing stuff when played loud with headphones.

  1. I was one of the people that helped release this. These 2 songs are live at SUNY-Binghamton (now Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY) from May 8, 1992. My friends and I were in college there, put on the show, recorded it, and released this one 7″ single.

    1. that’s pretty awesome man! I found this thing in a record store in Philadelphia and randomly picked it up, not really knowing anything about it. glad I did! this stuff deserves it’s own 7″.

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