It was about ten years ago when, on a whim, I picked up the Scottish group Teenage Fanclub's "Grand Prix" album. It had been included in Q Magazine's 100 best British albums list, so I figured it couldn't be that bad. Ten seconds in, I was hooked.
Everything about that album was right. Catchy guitar hooks, simple pop lyrics, the amazing harmonies of Norman Blake, Gerard Love, and Raymond McGinley, all of it went into creating a mid-90s pop masterpiece. I soon gained possession of their entire body of work. "Bandwagonesque" was great. "Songs From Northern Britain" was great. Even "Thirteen" and "Howdy!" had their moments.
Now in 2010, the Fannies are back with a new album, "Shadows". It is without a doubt vintage Teenage Fanclub. They'll be performing at the end of September in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with fellow Scots Belle & Sebastian, hopefully with more US tour dates to follow.
Star Sign (from "Bandwagonesque")
Hang On (from "Thirteen")
Sparky's Dream (from "Grand Prix")
Teenage Fanclub store at Amazon