Monday 25 July 2022

A wedding presence

Today, my firstborn - known to these pages as TheMadster - is getting married. The whole shebang has been delayed by a year for reasons you're all more than aware of, but I suspect the wait will be worth it. Now, I'm not one for parties at all these days, but I am willing to make an exception for this one.

By way of marking the occasion here, I'm offering up a few tunes for the happy couple. First up, one for the bride, who as you may know, is a big Frank Turner fan. I will be walking her down the aisle to this:

Her groom - who is known in these parts as TheEmster - is into EDM. Never mind, eh. His favourite track of all time is this one:

For my part, I've delved into the archives. I was working in Our Price when Goodbye Mr Mackenzie released their second album 'Hammer And Tongs'. I remember we were all mildly amused by it's front cover. One of its singles was this track. The video features Big John Duncan as a priest and Shirley Manson as a bride. What's not to like?

And finally, as if the point needs proving that there's always a Half Man Half Biscuit song for every occasion, here's the four lads from The Wirral and a song from their 2003 mini-album 'Saucy Haulage Ballads'. It references 16th Century Renaissance composers, 18th Century British Prime Ministers, and, erm, a former Liverpool goalie. Typical HMHB, then...

To the Bride and Groom!


  1. Congratulations to all concerned - have a fabulous day!

  2. Congratulations to you all, have a fantastic day

  3. Best wishes to the happy couple

  4. Belated congrats to TheMadster and TheEmster, and I trust a grand day was enjoyed by all who were present. Most of all, I hope your Father of The Bride speech went down a storm. Surprised that Vampire Weekend didn't feature above.......

  5. Very belated congratulations to the bride and groom, it must have been a fantastic day, especially after the enforced delays and reschedules.

    Thanks for your archive selections. I've got the Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie single on CD but only saw the YouTube clip for the first time in more recent years. I'm guessing Martin Metcalfe was going for a Bowie-inspired look at the time, but my more immediate connection on seeing it was Cindy Beale from EastEnders. I guess it could have been worse, I could have thought of Pat Butcher...