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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
The gold standard of the early-'90s power pop revival, in its own way Bandwagoneque was as much a benchmark as contemporary records like Nevermind and Loveless; though not the generational rallying cry of the former nor the revolutionary sonic breakthrough of the latter, Teenage Fanclub's sophomore album nevertheless heralded the return of melody and craft, coupled with energy and spirit -- hallmarks of much of the greatest rock & roll of the past, and virtues as rare as hen's teeth in the years immediately prior to the disc's release. Although its incandescent harmonies, lazily immediate songs, and crunching guitars earned it endless comparisons to vintage Big Star, ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
The gold standard of the early-'90s power pop revival, in its own way Bandwagoneque was as much a benchmark as contemporary records like Nevermind and Loveless; though not the generational rallying cry of the former nor the revolutionary sonic breakthrough of the latter, Teenage Fanclub's sophomore album nevertheless heralded the return of melody and craft, coupled with energy and spirit -- hallmarks of much of the greatest rock & roll of the past, and virtues as rare as hen's teeth in the years immediately prior to the disc's release. Although its incandescent harmonies, lazily immediate songs, and crunching guitars earned it endless comparisons to vintage Big Star, Bandwagonesque is in every way a product of its own time -- the thick, grungy sound of the Fannies' debut A Catholic Education remains intact for gems like "What You Do to Me" arguably the most brilliantly simpleminded love song ever penned and the instrumental "Satan," while the lyrics of other standout moments like "Star Sign" and "Alcoholiday" reflect a laissez faire irony and unassuming genius even more emblematic of the moment in question.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/1997
  • Label: Geffen Gold Line Sp.
  • UPC: 720642446126
  • Catalog Number: 24461
  • Sales rank: 38,957

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Concept (6:07)
  2. 2 Satan (1:22)
  3. 3 December (3:02)
  4. 4 What You Do to Me (1:59)
  5. 5 I Don't Know (4:35)
  6. 6 Star Sign (4:53)
  7. 7 Metal Baby (3:39)
  8. 8 Pet Rock (2:34)
  9. 9 Sidewinder (3:02)
  10. 10 Alcoholiday (5:26)
  11. 11 Guiding Star (2:45)
  12. 12 Is This Music? (3:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Teenage Fanclub Primary Artist
Paul Chisholm Guitar, Background Vocals
Don Fleming Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Gerard Love Bass, Vocals
Joseph McAlinden Strings, Horn, Brass
Raymond McGinley Guitar, Vocals
Brendan O'Hare Drums
Dave Buchanan Percussion, Hand Clapping
Norman Blake Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Teenage Fanclub Producer
Keef Hartley Engineer
Paul Chisholm Producer, Engineer
Don Fleming Producer
Gerard Love Contributor
Raymond McGinley Contributor
Brendan O'Hare Contributor
George Peckham Mastering
Keith Hartley Engineer
Sharon Fitzgerald Cover Design
Norman Blake Composer, Contributor
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Twenty Years Of Fannies!

    When the Scottish band, Teenage Fanclub, released this album in 1990, Spin Magazine named it as The Album Of The Year, beating out Nirvana's "Nevermind". While "Bandwagonesque" may not be the startling groundbreaker that "Nevermind" was, it has more than held up over the last two decades. Here was a band that loved Sixties rock while keeping its head firmly in Eighties alternative-grunge rock. You can hear The Byrds in the wonderful opener, "The Concept". There's heartbreaking emotion and musical stops and gaps in "December" that's reminiscent of Big Star. "What You Do To Me" sounds like Badfinger with the volume turned up to eleven. And the feedback-drenched intro of "Star Sign" has Sonic Youth written all over it. It certainly helped that the band had not one but three brilliant songwriters in Norman Blake, Gerard Love and Raymond McGinley. What's so impressive about this album is that you can actually hear the future in it as well. For example, when you hear the boozy refrains of "Alcoholiday", you know that Oasis' "Cigarettes & Alcohol" is not far behind. Over the years, Teenage Fanclub would move away from the whirling, chaotic sound they started with. However, they would end up making even better records like 1995's "Grand Prix" and 1997's "Songs From Northern Britian", probably the closest the alternative generation has ever come to making a "Revolver" or "Rubber Soul"-like record. Still, if you want to get initiated into this Fanclub, this is the place to start. This album ends with a song titled "Is This Music?". Twenty years later, that question has been answered.

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