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Bandwagonesque

Teenage FanclubAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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"the pop landscape is littered with folks who wish they could deliver one or two tracks as good as the dozen found here" ~ PASTE MAGAZINE (of Shadows)

"Proof that youth is a state of mind you need never outgrow." ~ SPIN MAGAZINE

"Shadows is full of drowsy sweetness and mellow doubt: the sound of a great group ageing gracefully." ~ UNCUT (4 ... Read more in Amazon's Teenage Fanclub Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 12, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Gold Line Sp.
  • ASIN: B000000P09
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,297 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Crotchety critics complained that this Glaswegian quartet sounded too close to cult Memphis band Big Star for their own or anyone else's good, but Bandwagonesque proved that unapologetic homage can sometimes work. The Fanclub's mesh of yearning, ethereal melody and cranked, feed-backing guitars came together superbly on "The Concept," "Metal Baby," and the thrashing "Star Sign"--mini-blizzards of mellifluousness that yoked Alex Chilton to Crazy Horse and the Ramones. Dismiss "Alcholiday" as "record collection rock" if you must: it doesn't make the track any less sublime. --Barney Hoskyns

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album For the Ages January 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
All the reviews are true, (except only giving it 4 stars) This album is the highlight of a very confusing time in music. When the world was hypnotized by Nirvana and labeling every rock band into the grunge category, you have a band that truly stood on their own terms and wasn't trying to make you feel sad. Rather they were creating moods of their own.

How can you describe the feeling on "The Concept" it's just musical stone still bliss. I think of this song as being locked into a timeless moment, and the music is able to swirl around your soul so very snuggly.

"Alcoholiday" is the song that makes strong men weep. Something about the singing really bends the mood and you feel at peace with their sound, caught in a twister of oohs and aahs. Out of all of Teenage Fanclub's works this has to be their moment in time. I find myself always going back to this one when I want to listen to them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every music lover should own this November 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Teenage Fanclub have made a better album than this in the form of Grand Prix but Bandwagonesque is an equally essential purchase. Part self-conscious evocation of sixties' pop, part grunge-inspired guitar fest, Norman Blake, Raymond McGuinley and Gerard Love pointed the way for a host of cross-Atlantic guitar bands with a Lennon/Wilson fixation and a modicum of talent. Alcoholiday, a blaze of criss-cross guitars and heart-breaking lyrics, is one of the finest singles never released, while The Concept, Star Sign and Guiding Star are not far behind. Utterly wonderful.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilton Schmilton, this CD rocks candy baby! March 3, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The inevitable (and well deserved) comparisons to Big Star aside, this is "it" when it comes to jangly guitar rock in the 90's. Along with "The Auteurs" and "The Apples in Stereo", "Teenage Fanclub" dusts off Chilton-Bell's sound and turns it into their own powerful machine gun of angst. If you love power pop of the classic variety this CD belongs on your changer 100% of the time. The challenge for anyone who teen'd in the 70's is to listen to "December", "The Concept" or "Guiding Star" and NOT be transported back to High School. Buy this CD yesterday (at this price buy copies for anyone you know in their 40's who hasn't smiled alot lately)! It's only one of the top 10 CD's of the 90's!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Baby I've been (...) already December 14, 2001
By GZA
Format:Audio CD
This is where is all started (discounting A Catholic Education). One of the great underrated bands of the last decade showed just what they were capable of in the messy, poignant, joyous collection of songs that is Bandwagonesque. Big Star blah blah - Teenage Fanclub stand on their own as a great band who write great songs, full stop. And they invented Travis.
December, Guiding Star, What You Do to Me and Alcoholiday are all lovely, but my favourite is the Gerry Love penned instrumental Is This Music, though how the Fannies managed to get their guitars to sound like bagpipes is a mystery not uncommon in Scottish bands (remember Big Country?).
Bandwagonesque is not as smooth as later Teenage Fanclub offerings, the wonderful Grand Prix, the excellent Songs From Northern Britain and their latest long player Howdy, but in its sheer ragged exuberance it stands out as one of the best albums of the 90s.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yeah it's Big Star influenced but so what? September 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Big Star means Big Time for me. Their number one record is one of my fave records, all time fave and i think such records deserve admiration, respect and a following crowd behind them. And when the crowd is good like these fellows, nothing to say. Alex Chilton but mostly Chris Bell must have liked this collection of beautiful, haunting rock songs. Teenage Fanclub have never touched this perfection again (unfortunately).
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5.0 out of 5 stars a power pop classic November 3, 2003
By doug
Format:Audio CD
I just bought this album due to the fact that everyone says it is so great and because it is really cheap. Everyone is right. This record is fantastic. It is full of great songs like The Concept, What You Do To Me, and I Don't Know to name a few. Really if you are into highly melodic music with some distorted guitars I highly recommend purchasing this record.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Conceptually Brilliant January 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
With a sense of earnestness and a broad wink, this Scottish band has concocted a sound comprised of snarly guitars, melodies that beg to be whistled, and harmonies that are positively haunting. A couple of the tracks happily tread closely to bubblegum (viz. Metal Baby),others, namely Alcoholiday and The Concept, soar nearly to the sublime. If you are young, or ever were, you will enjoy this record.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Stars - Great 90's Indie/Power Pop February 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Teenage Fanclub is one of those bands who garners a lot of respect from critics, maintains their high level of indie cred, but can still put out songs with lyrics like "When you tick I'll be your tock" and not really be self-effacing about it. The song I just mentioned is "Sidewinder", the album is Bandwagonesque, and the band is simply one of the best that 90's power pop (or any kind of pop/rock) had to offer. Starting out as a considerably noisier band on indie label Matador, Teenage Fanclub dropped a bit of the grungy sound and went for pure pop, Big Star style. Sure, the guitars still have a bit more fuzz than anything on #1 Record, and there's still some silly Sonic Youth style white noise on the instrumental "Satan," but for the most part these Scottish popsters nail it. Would be my record of the year for 1991 but there was darn tough competition that year (Adam Schmitt's "World So Bright" takes the prize). Pick this up if you are a fan of great harmonies, ringing guitars, and all-around great, melancholy pop tunes.

Best Tracks:

"December" - One of the greatest all time Fanclub songs that never gets the recognition of other popular tracks. This is one of those somber but still sugary sweet tunes they do so well.

"What You Do To Me" - Pure Alex Chilton. Fanclub defines their reason for being in about 1:50.

"Sidewinder" - A book called "Bubblegum Music is the REAL Truth" called this one of the definitive bubblegum songs of the 90s - Brains + humor + sugar = perfect pop.

"Alcoholiday" - Considerably more somber & depressing...see Greenberry Woods' "Punch Drunk," and add a purely gorgeous outro.

"Guiding Star" - Harmonies in full force on this Beach Boys/early Shoes-styled charmer. Strings, synths, just a great song that shows they can still tear it up without guitar or drums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ashamed, confused... and Glaswegian (no surprise there then)
CONFESSION - I have attempted to enjoy the Fannies music on numerous occasions by picking them up gingerly (is that still a word) by the cracked CD cover corner from the depths of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by JohnMac59
5.0 out of 5 stars Nineties power-pop at its best
Bandwagonesque is Teenage Fanclub at its very best; moving away from the proto-grunge sound of their debut, Catholic Education, this 1991 release is prime time power-pop revival,... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Luis Mejia
3.0 out of 5 stars Spun it three times -- no more
I bought this cd sometime in 2011 from the reject bin of my local second spin for cheap because I thought "this is supposed to be good I guess I'll give it a shot". Read more
Published on November 9, 2011 by barnard gumble
3.0 out of 5 stars Not great...
I don't understand why many people say this is Teenage Fanclub's best album. It's actually quite boring - but then many people would say that TF ARE boring! Read more
Published on March 3, 2011 by puma
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Big Star influence;
Teenage Fanclub apes Big Star big time on this album, but who's complaining? There are enough good tracks here to satisfy this Big Star fan. Read more
Published on August 29, 2010 by Fredric A. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album of 1991. Seriously
I drove cross country alone at 18 with this album. Somewhere around Ogden Utah I realized I loved this album. 16 years later I still listen to it. Read more
Published on November 14, 2008 by Stephen J. Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars crisp and fresh
15 years after its release, this album still sounds really crisp and fresh. I can picture this being on the radio today even moreso than in the early 90's. Read more
Published on May 24, 2007 by Angela M
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Introduction to the POP ROCKIN' Brit group: Teenage Fan Club
BANDWAGONESQUE was my introduction to Teenage Fanclub. This is "The Fannies" 3rd release and their first successful achievement. Read more
Published on April 17, 2007 by Chris G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Memories of all kinds
This album reminds me of a great alternative rock radio station in Minnesota circa 1991. Just at the time I thought "rock" was dead, along came that radio station and albums like... Read more
Published on April 1, 2007 by Misanthrope
5.0 out of 5 stars deserves its classic status.
from the stunning opener "the concept," with its wonderfully lyrical guitar solos, on through the closing intrumental "is this music?" this is a power pop classic. Read more
Published on February 12, 2007 by fluffy, the human being.
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