Indie legends The Wedding Present and a plethora of their former members have come together to record a charity album, Not From Where I’m Standing, featuring 20 classic James Bond themes.
This benefit album for Campaign Against Living Miserably’ (CALM) is released by Leeds-based Come Play With Me on Friday 4th December as a double LP including a CD, on CD, and digitally.
The Wedding Present are a band that have always been keen to explore new ways to showcase their music, but this album also serves as an insight into the strength and diversity of the musicians that have been members, as well as revealing their favourite Bond tunes.
In addition to the expected contributions from Cinerama and The Wedding Present, the album also features a first ‘supergroup’ outing for Britpop stalwarts Sleeper featuring Weddoes’ ever-present David Gedge’ and also Gedge’s solo rendition of Louis Armstrong’s classic ‘We Have All The Time In The World’.
“Where do ideas like this come from? Well, I can tell you that this one was born during a soundcheck in New Zealand, in 2013, when the band were playing around with the main melody of the classic Bond theme ‘You Only Live Twice’,” says David Gedge.
“And then came another idea. Each of the artists on this proposed compilation would be required to have a physical connection to Cinerama or The Wedding Present. I liked the unifying feel of that. I suppose it appealed to the collector in me. None of the artists I approached asked for payment for their track and so the obvious thing to do was to make this a benefit album.”
CALM, who get 100% of the profits, are leading a movement against suicide by offering life-saving services, provoking national conversation, and bringing people together to empower everyone to reject living miserably and stand together against suicide.
“I once saw David Gedge doing some photocopying in an office, but couldn’t pluck up the courage to speak to him,” recalls CALM CEO Simon Gunning. “I have jumped up and down to My Favourite Dress in fields across the country and the tension of Brassneck and Dalliance gets me all sweaty.”
“I, and CALM can’t thank the band enough for this album. Suicide is on the increase – it’s the single biggest killer of young men and the cause of death for 18 people each and every day in the UK. CALM is leading a movement against suicide through campaigning and through our free to call helpline and it’s support like this that means our message can reach more people than ever. CALM believes everyone has the right to be happy and that no-one should lose their love of life.”
If you’re struggling CALM’s helpline & webchat are open from 5pm until midnight. Call the helpline on 0800 58 58 58, or chat to their trained helpline staff online. No matter who you are or what you’re going through, it’s free, anonymous & confidential.
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Words by Paul Clarke, you can see his author profile here.