Teenage Fanclub, Bandwagonesque

#tbt Teenage Fanclub / Bandwagonesque (1991)

By Randy Nieto
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“She wears denim wherever she goes / Says she’s gonna get some records from the Status Quo”… the immortal words sung by Scottish Alt Rockers Teenage Fanclub ring on forever in many an audiophile’s hearts. An album that at times is such sickly sweetly pop it can give you a toothache, yet still finds time to bring on the fuzz, has remained a classic over the years, and no doubt influenced by bands like fellow Scots The Jesus and Mary Chain and American Indie pioneers Big Star and Sonic Youth. “The Concept” which opens the album, possibly the strongest on the record, ends with harmonies so beautiful it would bring a tear to a Beatle’s eye. The second song, an instrumental titled “Satan”, is reminiscent of early Sonic Youth with screeching guitars and feedback preceding some high octane punk rock. “What You Do To Me” and “Metal Baby” are both more sugary sweet-yet-heavy pop-rock, at times with almost maudlin vocals by singer Norman Blake. If you haven’t had a chance to check out these pre-grunge contemporaries (Bandwagonesque was released a month after Nirvana’s Nevermind), it is never too late to start. Check out “The Concept” below.


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