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Bellshill, Glasgow, United Kingdom (1989 – present)

Teenage Fanclub are an / band from Bellshill, Scotland near Glasgow, formed in 1989 and formerly known as the Boy Hairdressers. They have two generally known humorous nicknames: “The Fannies” and “The Bellshill Beach Boys”. They’re revered for their devotion to chiming, The Byrds-esque guitars and harmonic vocals. The band is perhaps best known for the 1991 masterpiece ‘Bandwagonesque’, which presaged the later Britpop and movements, and, in 2006, Teenage Fanclub held two special concerts in London and Glasgow playing said album in its entirety. Songwriting duties are shared between the three permanent members of the band: Norman Blake, Raymond McGinley, and Gerard Love.

A Catholic Education’ was their debut album, released in 1990. The album received positive reviews from English music journalists and critics. In contrast to the group’s later work, the album has a very dark, abrasive, and cynical tone and incorporated a and influenced sound. As well, the album’s two title tracks are direct attacks on the Catholic Church, which are unique for an otherwise apolitical band. The opening track, “Everything Flows”, is a mellow -influenced song (unlike the rest of the album) that provides a sort of blueprint for their later work.

“Everything Flows” was later included in the compilation albums ‘Deep Fried Fanclub’ and ‘Four Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty-Six Seconds – A Short Cut to Teenage Fanclub’. Those were released in 1995 and 2003, respectively. Teenage Fanclub’s second album, 1991’s ‘The King’, went for a shambolic, edge that left many fans and critics cold, though the release also had strong defenders.

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  • Inuzini

    it doesn't seem to get much love because it wasn't "groundbreaking," but i've noticed howdy has held up surprisingly well for me. in fact, the older i get the less i seem to mind the five year gap between albums. please come to texas soon tho ;n;

    7 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Lacquer1992

    I love 13, the album that made me a Teenage Fanclub Fan! Very underrated album.

    19 Sep 2014 Reply
  • juliacfonseca

    Como explicar o carinho que eu tenho por essa banda? :')

    9 Aug 2014 Reply
  • morningside24

    Another vote from me about SFNB being their best...

    11 Jun 2014 Reply
  • d1lll1nger

    Great band.

    6 Jun 2014 Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    grand prix > bandwagonesque [4]

    27 May 2014 Reply
  • nandosiol

    They're great

    24 Apr 2014 Reply
  • WarriorJones

    I prefer Bandwagonesque to Grand Prix, but they're both great so bottom line is, hey, two more excellent albums for me to listen to.

    16 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Inuzini

    i've always thought grand prix and songs from northern britain were interchangeably better than bandwagonesque. and why are a catholic education and thirteen so underrated?

    11 Mar 2014 Reply
  • rirriri

    "Bandwagonesque" was the first CD i ever bought.......it will always be the most special for me. That being said...i've never heard a TFC album that i didn't love. Timeless!

    8 Feb 2014 Reply
  • joykgs

    The King ♥

    8 Feb 2014 Reply
  • uphei

    any chance come to south east asia?

    22 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Juan-k_86

    Want to see them live

    5 Jan 2014 Reply
  • HushSettleDown

    Still think they sound a little to much like Big Star, but if you are going to sound like another band, you won't do better then that! I hope they tour again soon!

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • alicewondered

    Songs for Northern Briatin needs to be first, I can't stop listening! I'm in loooove!

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • samuelfox1990

    But then there is also SFNB...

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
  • samuelfox1990

    Grand Prix might be better... very hard to say

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Headacheville

    SFNB is their best album. There, I said it.

    19 Sep 2013 Reply
  • denimdreams

    the first album is really underrated

    11 Sep 2013 Reply
  • morningside24

    grand prix > bandwagonesque [3]

    9 Sep 2013 Reply
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