The Hit Parade is a compilation of the twelve 7” singles [both A and B-sides] released by The Wedding Present in 1992. It originally went on to be compiled in two albums… ‘Hit Parade 1’ in 1992 and ‘Hit Parade 2’ in 1993.
In 1992, The Wedding Present equaled Elvis Presley’s record tally of 12 UK Top 30 singles chart entries in a year. Perhaps more remarkably, when played in sequence, these 12 original compositions plus their quixotic cover version flip-sides, stand as a cogent artistic statement, featuring some of the band’s definitive performances.
This 3CD + DVD Expanded Edition includes the original singles [remastered], alternate versions and other tracks from the period, recordings for BBC Radio 1’s John Peel and Mark Goodier programs, sessions for the BBC’s World Service and Radio Leeds and concert recordings plus promotional videos, TV appearances and a specially filmed acoustic song and interview with David Gedge discussing the album.
All the content is housed in a hardback book which includes lyrics, photos, memorabilia scans and extended notes.
THE HIT PARADE SINGLES
#1 6 January 1992 : Blue Eyes / Cattle And Cane
#2 3 February 1992 : Go-Go Dancer / Don’t Cry No Tears
#3 2 March 1992 : Three / Think That It Might
#4 6 April 1992 : Silver Shorts / Falling
#5 4 May 1992 : Come Play With Me / Pleasant Valley Sunday
#6 1 June 1992 : California / Let’s Make Some Plans
#7 6 July 1992 : Flying Saucer / Rocket
#8 3 August 1992 : Boing! [7” Version] / Theme From Shaft
#9 7 September 1992 : Loveslave / Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family
#10 5 October 1992 : Sticky / Go Wild In The Country
#11 2 November 1992 : The Queen Of Outer Space / U.F.O.
#12 7 December : No Christmas / Step Into Christmas
ADDITIONAL EXTRA TRACKS
Boing! [Original Compilation Album Version] / Blue Eyes [Radio Remix] / Cumberland Gap / Signal
BBC RADIO 1 JOHN PEEL SESSION 17 March 1992
California / Flying Saucer / Softly Softly / Come Play With Me
BBC RADIO 1 MARK GOODIER SESSION 17 October 1992
Sticky / No Christmas / Loveslave / The Queen Of Outer Space
BBC RADIO LEEDS SESSION January 1992
Blue Eyes / Go-Go Dancer / Three / Silver Shorts
BBC WORLD SERVICE SESSION June 1992
Silver Shorts / Flying Saucer / Boing! / California
‘LIVE TAPE NO. 11’ – DEN HAAG 30 October 1992
Boing! / Go-Go Dancer / Lovenest / Silver Shorts / Blue Eyes / Blonde / Kennedy / Suck / Loveslave / Silver Shorts / The Queen Of Outer Space / Bewitched / Crawl / Heather / Sticky / Come Play With Me / Brassneck / Corduroy / Dare / Dalliance / Flying Saucer
DICK YORK’S WARDROBE : THE HIT PARADE VIDEOS
No Christmas / The Queen Of Outer Space / Sticky / Loveslave / Boing! / Flying Saucer / California / Come Play With Me / Silver Shorts / Three / Go-Go Dancer / Blue Eyes / Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family / Step Into Christmas
Blue Eyes [Alternate Version] / Boing! [Alternate Version]
TV APPEARANCES – TOP OF THE POPS 1992
Blue Eyes / Three / California / Flying Saucer
Keith Cameron interviews David Gedge about ‘The Hit Parade’, 2014
The Queen Of Outer Space [Live Acoustic Version] filmed in Hove, East Sussex