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  • Audio CD (August 6, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Manifesto Records
  • ASIN: B000002NVI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,690 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Brassneck
2. Crushed
3. No
4. Thanks
5. Kennedy
6. What Have I Said Now?
7. Granadaland
8. Bewitched
9. Take Me!
10. Brassneck
11. Box Elder Mo
12. Don't Talk, Just Kiss
13. Gone
14. Be Honest

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Out of print for many years, Manifesto re-issued this 1990 classic in 1996 in its 'American' version, with the four extra tracks from the 'Brassneck' single.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Justin Johnson on August 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album months ago on cassette in amoeba records on a whim one weekday afternoon and I was blown away. the trouble with a lot of recordings from the eighties is that otherwise fantastic albums can be bogged down with cheesy, dated production quality. however, this album (production included) sounds just as fresh and vibrant today as it did when it first came out almost twenty years ago. the songs are excellent. two chords never sounded this good. some of the songs go on forever using the same basic chord structure. yet, somehow, it never gets dull. i have the feeling that if this band were to come out today instead of twenty years ago, they would be instatly popular with today's music scene. this is very original, timeless music.the wedding present were definitely one of the best bands to come outta england in the late eighties.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matt Ehrhorn on March 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you're already a Wedding Present fan, then you don't need me to tell you that David Gedge & co. write some of the catchiest and most powerful guitar-driven Brit-pop of any band in the past 20 years. It's hard to choose a favorite, but I can't kid myself--it has to be Bizarro. I can't say enough about this cd. The two best words to describe it: FAST and FURIOUS. The fantastic song, "Brassneck", is quite possibly the best opening track on any cd I own, and it sets you up for the relentless onslaught that follows. Every song rocks--including the epic, "Kennedy", which is seriously one of the best songs ever written. Like most of the other songs on here, it just keeps building and building, the guitars picking up speed and power until you have to stop and say to yourself, "This is one of the best songs ever written!" And there's the equally-powerful "What Have I Said Now?, "Granadaland", the Pavement cover, "Box Elder, MO", and the list keeps going. To recap: in two words, FAST and FURIOUS. In one word, EPIC. Buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "thfcbrum" on December 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
As a previous reviewer mentioned, this player is fast!! First caught the wedding present in early 90's having heard dalliance (from 'Seamonsters') and decided to purchase this player. My vinyl copy is now a little frayed and have since upgraded to cd. I usually find frenetic guitar bands to be hollow and tuneless but this one stands out. Melody appears in all the tunes and it certianly is powerful. As with most of his work, Gedge writes about love lost. His lyrics are jealous and maudlin. He doesnt really paint a picture lyrically, hes no poet, but its honesty grabs you. The music is mostly full on natural guitar butchering, doesnt appear to be put through too many effects (how many strings must these guys have gone through), but the songs really keep the tune. And what with his angry little writings the power really shines through. You cant help but feel his emotions. Comparisons to the Smiths dont ring true for me. The Smiths never made anything this hard and rough, and lyrically this is playground material to Morrisey. I highly recommend 'what have I said now?', 'bewitched', 'take me' and 'granadaland'. Other reviewers have noted about 'kennedy', which for me is the weakest track, but it has been played to death as an indie anthem over here. That really is the only track i skip. For me, this is the best wedding present player. All in all a very pleasing collection and one that you will come back to, i promise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stuart on August 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
With the opening of Brassneck you know you're onto something special with this album. The guitar drives, the lyrics mean something and the energy pours and pours. quite literally this was an astounding record at a time when people where mourning The Smiths and The Cure looked like they could rule the world. Gedge one of the most underestimated lyricists of England (forget Gallagher instantly) and his band put so much emotion into this record I honestly believe they couldn't match it ever again. Add this to the fact that one of the classic pop songs of all times ("Kennedy") also features (it made number 2 in John Peel's Seminal Festive Fifty of 1989 - along with about 5 other of the album tracks that year) and you know you have a record on your hands.
Certainly one of the memories of the 80's - buy it and try it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By krango on October 8, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Wow. I listened to this for the first time in years, and I was floored by not only the sheer speed & energy, but the ahead-of-its-time use of distortion, song structures, and rhythmic sound. So many bands today owe these lads a debt of gratitude, whether they know it or not. Listen to the opening rhythm guitar of "Crushed" ...It's hard to imagine any human alive can strum a guitar that fast.... and then they keep it going! "Brassneck", of course, is a favorite, but this is one of those rare entire albums that's so good, it's almost like a greatest hits!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I first bought this album after seeing The Wedding Present play in Paris in 1995. I was so blown away by their great performance that they soon became my favorite band. Bizarro is one of my desert island disks for sure. Very unique guitar stylings, meaningful lyrics, and great musicianship. Great place to start on TWP but shouldn't be your final destination. Check it out.
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