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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Simon Reynolds reviews On Fire by Galaxie 500, 28th October 1989.

If there’s a more underrated band than Galaxie 500 then I want to hear about them.

Cos I’m a bit drunk and because this is the official soundtrack to this blog I paid WordPress for the mp3 feature. If just one of you hears this for the first time it’ll be worth it. Enjoy and go buy the Galaxie 500 box set on Rykodisc.

If this doesn’t make you cry then you’re already dead.

Don’t Let Our Youth Go To Waste by Galaxie 500

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