If you were asked the question, "Which UK band equalled the Elvis Presley's record for scoring the most Top 30 hits in 12 months?", you'd be forgiven for suggesting Oasis, Blur or Take That.
It was actually Leeds' own The Wedding Present who achieved this remarkable feat in 1992 by releasing limited edition 7" singles, one a month from January to December.
Starting with January's "Blue Eyes", which ironically turned out to be the poorest performing release of the lot (#26) and ending with December's "No Christmas" (on glorious red vinyl, wax fans), each single had a cover version on the flipside, ranging from the sublime (Go Betweens' "Cattle and Cane") to the ridiculous (U.F.O. by Barry Gray).
None of the singles remained in the chart longer than two weeks, prompting media cries of 'cynical marketing ploy' and 'a swizz'. However, it was all very clever - all new songs, new b-sides and many of the tracks decent enough to appear on Top of the Pops at least once - "Flying Saucer" I think it was - making the John Peel faves stars for a few minutes.
After the singles were deleted, all A and B sides ended up on a pair of collection entitled "Hit Parade", volumes 1 and 2. 24 belters for a budget price - super.
There's a good chance you'll get near enough all of these tunes on The Wedding Present's next UK tour. Set to start in Wolverhampton on 22nd October and end up in Shepherd's Bush on 1st November, each night of the Hit Parade UK tour will serve up just that - a parade of hits.
Tickets on sale now, priced at around £16. More shows may be added in due course - meanwhile, other Weddoes shows are taking place throughout 2013 including a George Best Seaside Tour and their At The Edge of the Sea 2013 festival (in Brighton), all during the summer!