The Wedding Present

Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now?

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This single came out after George's Best, the Wedding Present's accomplished debut, and before their first great album, Bizarro. They had yet to make much of an impression outside of England, and this single is still hard to find in the States but available widely throughout England. The title song is a lovely, perfect, jangly guitar-laden pop tune. It sets the tone for all the great music to come from the Wedding Present. They would certainly get darker on Sea Monsters and overly giddy on Watusi, but the depressive pop tune would always remain the main fixture of singer/guitarist David Gedge's songs, usually downbeat lyrics set to upbeat music. On "Not From Where I'm Standing," the Wedding Present employ Bizarro-style guitars, but don't make the song go on endlessly the way they do on most of the songs on Bizarro. The B-side is a little bit less impressive. The acoustic version of "Give My Love to Kevin" doesn't work because it's too overly melodramatic and just not much of a song, while the Wedding Present's cover of the Beatles' "Getting Better" is entirely forgettable. Still, this single is definitely worth getting just for the A-side.