Grand Prix is the album on which Teenage Fanclub perfected their chiming and charming indie rock-cum-power pop sound. Originally released in 1995 on the legendary and now defunct Creation label, the Glaswegian band stepped it up in terms of songwriting and production. Includes Sparky’s Dream and Mellow Doubt. Initial pressings come with a bonus 7” single.
Vinyl LP £19.49 19075837051
180g vinyl reissue LP, remastered from the original tapes at Abbey Road. Initial pressing includes bonus 7" subject to availability.
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10/10 The Doc 25th September 2018
Thank Christ this has finally been reissued. Grand Prix was one of the seminal albums of my youth, and it's never been far away from my listening pile ever since, despite the fact that I bought it as a spotty indie boy teen all the way back in 1995. That the Fannies made some of the best pop music of the 1990s is absolutely beyond question - Bandwagonesque is a solid-gold, power pop classic, Thirteen has some wonderful material on it - check out Radio if you want to hear how to write a two-minute FM friendly singalong -, and even the sloppy bubblegrunge of A Catholic Education gave us the monumental Everything Flows, prompting Kurt Cobain to call them the best band in the world - but this is their finest hour for me. Starting with the amazing About You and the timeless Sparky's Dream, it's thirteen songs of peerless pop magic. The Fannies were blessed to have three ridiculously talented songwriters in their ranks, and on this one they were all at the top of their game so the quality top-drawer throughout. Mellow Doubt and Neil Jung are two more classics, but for me a couple of the less-heralded tracks, Discolite (which I've never seen the fuckers play live, despite seeing them about ten times) and Going Places are the equal of anything else on here. It's been the soundtrack to twenty three summers at my gaff, and I'm sure it'll be the soundtrack to twenty three more. Anything this band did in the 1990s is well worth checking out, but if you've never heard them before this is the place to start. Original pressings of this go for proper coin now, so snap this one up while you can. I've only ever given 10/10 reviews to a handful of records on here - Either/Or, Disintegration, Darklands and Black Love - so this really is in esteemed company indeed.
9/10 Tom 21st May 2018
Grand Prix, the fifth Teenage Fanclub album, was released in 1995, around the time that grunge died and Britpop began to rear its ugly head. And while I'm loathe to lump Teenage Fanclub in with the jingoistic wave of laddish pub rock that would soon rule the airwaves, there's little doubt that they had an influence on some of those bands.
Simply put, Grand Prix is an incredible collection of immaculately arranged pop songs. Blessed with three fantastic songwriters in Norman Blake, Gerard Love, and Raymond McGinley, Teenage Fanclub don't put a foot wrong on these 13 songs and some of them rank among their best ("Sparky's Dream", "Mellow Doubt", "Neil Jung", "Don't Look Back" - I could name more). Indeed, you could make the case that this was their last truly essential album.
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