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Bandwagonesque (140 Gram LP)
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
"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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished on March 17, 2014 by JohnMac59
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 morePublished on March 30, 2013 by L. M.
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 morePublished on November 9, 2011 by barnard gumble
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 morePublished on March 3, 2011 by puma
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 morePublished on August 29, 2010 by Fredric A. Cooper
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 morePublished on November 14, 2008 by Stephen J. Walker
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 morePublished on May 24, 2007 by Angela M