Our Daughter’s Wedding

Our Daughter’s Wedding were a quirky, New York City based wave outfit comparible to the likes of Devo and Suicide. The band formed in the wake of the initial New York punk movement in 1977, taking their name from a section of greeting cards found in shops.

By the time they would begin recording and releasing material, the original straightforward rock lineup would soon add synthesizers to the mix and slim down to a trio. Though they employed the techniques seen in a variety of new wave and synth acts, the band would stay more true to their punk upbrining, keeping their songs punchy and energetic and playing all of their instruments live without the aid of sequencers.

Their first single, ‘Nightlife’ was released in 1980 and failed to make any impact whatsoever, though their second attempt, ‘Lawnchairs’ made a splash in the college circuit. Alongside a few more 7” singles, the band would cut an EP and a full length record, 1982’s Moving Windows, but would soon split in 1983 without any further drive or mainstream success.

I’ve plucked two tracks for your listening pleasure. The first is a remix of their underground hit ‘Lawnchairs’ and the second is the opening track from the Digital Cowboy EP, released in 1981.

download Our Daughter’s Wedding- ‘Lawnchairs (Remix)’
download Our Daughter’s Wedding- ‘Target For Life’

Here’s a live video of Our Daughter’s Wedding performing “Target For Life:”

Though several collections of the band’s material have been pressed to cd, they remain currently out of print. For more information about the band however, please visit these handy-dandy links.

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2 Responses to “Our Daughter’s Wedding”

  1. futility Says:

    that 'karate' style synth playing is a true anomaly… I think about him reminiscing today about the way he used to hack that micromoog… lost and under-appreciated art.

  2. Greg in Florida Says:

    An appropriate selection for this NYC-based blog. I saw ODW in 1982, and Frankie is correct that they eschued sequencers, preferring to play all their synthesizers by hand, including basslines and rhythms. There were a lot of complaints in the early days, primarily from the rock crowd, that synthesizer-based music wasn't "real" because the musiciams didn't demonstrate enough virtuosity on their instuments. ODW addressed this by flailing away on their keyboards, which made for a lively and entertaining performance, though somewhat silly to see so many fingers moving so quickly at one time. I always believed music was about sound composition and now how fast somebody could play an instrument.

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