August 29, 2017
Scottish Alt Rockers Teenage Fanclub have been entertaining audiences for over twenty five years and they are still going strong. Formed in 1989 by Norman Blake, Gerard Love, Raymond McGinley, Brendan O'Hare, and Francis MacDonald. The band emerged out of Glasgow and were part of the emerging C86 scene, which overtook indie rock in the UK during the late 1980s. The band's debut album "A Catholic Education" was released in 1990. With its noisy and chaotic sound, the album was not very representative of what the band's sound would become.
The band's critical and commercial breakthrough came with Rolling Stone and Spin Magazine's 1991 Album of the Year, Bandwagonesque. This was no easy feat considering it beat out Nirvana's Nevermind, REM's Out of Time, and My Bloody Valentine's Loveless. Over their lengthy career the band has released ten studio albums with the most recent, Here, coming out last year.
The band's influence is immense with many major artists citing them as an inspiration. One such artist is Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, who recently released an album where he covers Bandwagonesque in its entirety (affectionately nicknamed 'Ben-wagonesque').