Andrew Mueller interviews Teenage Fanclub, 1st April 1995

Andrew Mueller interviews Teenage Fanclub, 1st April 1995. Photos by Matt Bright.

In the same issue Taylor cracks his Teenage Fanclub who’s who gag there’s this from Mueller! Which begs a bigger question – who’s right? Runaround now!

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Taylor Parkes reviews the singles of the week, 1st April 1995

Taylor Parkes reviews the singles of the week, 1st April 1995.

A rare column photo of the shy and retiring Mr. Parkes here in (ironic?) debonair, Zoolander mode. 8/10 for the ballsy “I haven’t heard it ” Menswear review.

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Steve Sutherland reviews Bandwagonesque by Teenage Fanclub, 26th October 1991

Steve Sutherland reviews Bandwagonesque by Teenage Fanclub, 26th October 1991.

And when I say “reviews”, I really mean “compares”. Despite the persistent cries of plagiarism this was still a huge Creation success at the time and the start of a lighter poppier sound (when a grungy/shoegaze direction was prevalent) which would eventually become Britpop.

I was never that much of a fan of the Fanclub though and besides, I always thought Grand Prix was better. After that record they slowly slipped off my radar and I’ve genuinely not thought about, or listened to a Teenage Fanclub track for years and years. So memory jogged, and as is now customary, I go to wikipedia to find out if the band have split up or are still together. And stone the crows it seems that in this case it’s the latter. Now I’m not sure if my surprise about this just proves how out of touch with music I have become and that Teenage Fanclub are musical colossus’ selling more records than they ever did before, or if, as I suspect, the band are struggling on for lack of anything better to do, somehow eeking out a living based on former glories. Time marches on and pop’s a fickle mistress.

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The great pretendin’, moonshine sippin’, Ween hatin’ Andrew Mueller reviews The Boo Radleys Wake Up, 25th March 1995.

One of the great ironies for the Boos is that the record that made them also ended up breaking them. It’s probably their weakest record but I’m glad it made them some cash if nothing else. Go buy Giant Steps, C’Mon Kids or Kingsize before this though.

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