Cinerama (band)

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Cinerama are an English indie pop band, headed up by David Gedge, the frontman for The Wedding Present. The band is known for combining rock guitar music with string and woodwind sounds.[1]


Originally formed in 1998 while on a break from The Wedding Present, Cinerama started as a duo of Gedge and his then-girlfriend Sally Murrell. The initial releases were a break from previous Gedge records as they featured soundtrack-like arrangements and string and woodwind accompaniment. Live performances included a lot of musicians to play these orchestral/pop songs. Over the years though the sound changed back to more of a rock sound, especially once some of The Wedding Present songs were incorporated into the live set.

Around 2003 Murrell and Gedge split up and she then left the band. Eventually during the recording of what became Take Fountain, Gedge decided that the sound had changed so much that it would be better released under The Wedding Present name, and so Cinerama were finished although the same musicians carried on.

Post 2004[edit]

Most Wedding Present set lists in recent years have included at least one Cinerama song.[citation needed]

The band have played and recorded occasionally and perform a short set at each of David Gedge's "At the edge of.." festivals. The line up usually comprises the current Wedding Present lineup but with the musicians switching their usual instruments.[citation needed]

On 18 May 2015, Cinerama released a re-vamped version of the Wedding Present's album Valentina.[2] The re-recording of a Wedding Present long player by Cinerama had been a long-term ambition of David Gedge.



  • "Kerry Kerry" (Cooking Vinyl 1998) – UK Singles Chart No. 71[3]
  • "Dance, Girl, Dance" (Cooking Vinyl 1998)
  • "Pacific/King's Cross" (double a-side 7" vinyl / Elefant 1999)
  • "Manhattan" (Scopitones 2000)
  • "Wow" (Scopitones 2000)
  • "Lollobrigida" (Scopitones 2000)
  • "Your Charms" (Scopitones 2000)
  • "Superman" (Scopitones 2001)
  • "Health and Efficiency" (Scopitones 2001)[1]
  • "Quick, Before It Melts" (Scopitones 2002)
  • "Careless" (Scopitones 2002)
  • "Don't Touch That Dial" (Scopitones 2003)
  • "It's Not You, It's Me" (GoMetric! Records 2004)


Studio albums

  • Va Va Voom (Cooking Vinyl 1998)
  • Disco Volante (Scopitones 2000)
  • Torino (Scopitones 2002)
  • Valentina (Scopitones, 2015)


  • This Is Cinerama (compilation, Cooking Vinyl 2000)
  • John Peel Sessions (compilation, Scopitones 2001)
  • Cinerama Holiday (compilation, Scopitones 2002)
  • John Peel Sessions: Season 2 (compilation, Scopitones 2003)
  • John Peel Sessions: Season 3 (compilation, Sanctuary 2007)
  • The Complete Peel Sessions (triple album box set compilation, Sanctuary 2007)
  • Seven Wonders of the World (compilation, Scopitones 2014)

Live albums

  • Live in Los Angeles (Scopitones 2002)
  • Live in Belfast (Scopitones 2003)
  • Live in New York (Download Album 2010)
  • Live 2015 (Scopitones, 2015)


  • Get Up and Go (Scopitones 2004)


The band has included the following members:

  • David Gedge (1998–date)
  • Andrew Black (2000–date)
  • Melanie Howard (2014–date)
  • Maria Scaroni (2017–date)
  • Bryan McLellan (1998–1999)
  • Sally Murrell (1998–2003)
  • Philip Robinson (1998–2000)
  • Terry de Castro (1998–2018)
  • Simon Cleave (1998–2004)
  • Richard Marcangelo (2000)
  • Kari Paavola (2000–2004)
  • Graeme Ramsey (2006–2011)
  • Charles Layton (2009–2019)
  • Samuel Beer-Pearce (2012–2016)
  • Danielle Wadey (2013–2019)
  • Katharine Walliger (2014–2016)
  • Simon Pearson
  • Nick Wellauer

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "CD REVIEWS: Creed, The Smashing Pumpkins, Robbie Williams and many more". Chart Attack, 20 November 2001
  2. ^ "Valentina - Cinerama | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 107. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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