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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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