Teenage Fanclub Vinyl, CD & tapes by Teenage Fanclub at Norman Records
Canny little jumper boys Teenage Fanclub began in Glasgow in 1989 emerging out of C86 band the Boy Hairdressers and have since carved a slow and steady career making plaintive classic sounding guitar pop for fans of the Byrds and Big Star. Their initial records though were noisier affairs. Debut single 'Everything Flows' remains a classic noise rock anthem to this day but the band didn't really get into their stride until their second album 'Bandwagonesque' a record so informed by Big Star's southern rock boogie that it has sometimes been described as Big Star's '4th'.
Strangely though it's follow up 'Thirteen' wasn't as well received at the time and the band took a couple of years out to pen 'Grand Prix' which some may say is their classic album. It ranges from beautiful ballad's 'Mellow Doubt' to upbeat catchy guitar pop 'Neil Jung' and shows the band starting to get to grips with their songwriting technique which sees three writers write four songs per album. A situation that has continued to this day. For this writer though 'Songs From Northern Britain' is their standout. A beautiful autumnal disc which showed the band starting to mature and matching their aching song craft to a more reserved, reflective form of lyricism.
Teenage Fanclub have since released four further studio albums (including 'Words of Wisdom and Hope' with Jad Fair) and continue to quietly hone their craft. They mature like a fine wine, always understated always age appropriate and far removed from the somewhat desperate obsession with youth that can mar the later years of other bands. And as their last album 'Here' proved, they still generate much love and adoration from fans old and young.
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