Monday, February 11, 2008

Teenage Fanclub (for beginners)

In 1991, the record of the decade was released, Nirvana's Nevermind.
So, what album did Spin Magazine pick for its best album of 1991? Teenage Fanclub's Bandwagonesque. It's true. Look it up. They were the mega buzz band. They performed on SNL, Zines called'em the next big thing. Pitchfork would've said "Best New Music" if they existed. Alas, Pitchfork didn't exist, and alas Teenage Fanclub was not the next big thing. They continued to make records that I loved, but critics didn't. As a result they slowly faded but continued to put out a quality record every few years, each time featuring a few brilliant pop songs. I think critics get bitter at songwriters who are dependable and not rock'n'roll enough.

Sparky's Dream - Grand Prix
Ain't That Enough - Songs From Northern Britain
I Need Direction - Howdy
Mellow Doubt - Grand Prix
I Don't Want Control Of You - Songs From Northern Britain
The Concept - Bandwagonesque
What You Do To Me - Bandwagonesque
Neil Jung - Grand Prix
Start Again - Songs From Northern Britain
Winter - Songs From Northern Britain
It's All In My Mind - Man-Made
Everything Flows - A Catholic Education
Hang On - Thirteen
If I Never See You Again - Howdy


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