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Bandwagonesque
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2012
Scotland's Teenage Fanclub is one of those bands that you simply have to love. They're adorable. Their songs are like warm sweaters that never go bad. `Bandwagonesque', their 1991 debut, gained fame by being the album that knocked the titanic `Nevermind' off the charts. But it's not for nothing; each song is heartbreaking and/or uplifting, like Big Star...but with better harmonies. Seriously, their singing voices are THAT good. "December", "The Concept", "What You Do To Me", "Pet Rock" are all amazing songs, with harmonies and arrangements that Brian Wilson would kill for (and probably would if he used his mental illness for evil)
Get this album. Listen to it at least a dozen times, and tell me how it recklessly pulled your heart-strings till breaking point.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2000
Teenage Fanclub have made a better album than this in the form of Grand Prix, but the emotional vitality and warmth at the heart of these songs make Bandwagonesque an essential purchase. Alcoholiday - a blaze of criss-cross guitars and heart-breaking lyrics - is one of the finest pop singles never released, while The Concept, Star Sign, December and Guiding Star are proof that TFC should have hit gold with this album's gorgeous mix of sixties' melodies and grunge-influenced guitar work. If you are new to Teenage Fanclub, this is definitely the place to start; then move on to Grand Prix, Songs From Northern Britain and Howdy! Believe me, you won't regret it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2000
Teenage Fanclub have made a better record than this in the form of Grand Prix, but what makes this an essential album is the emotional vitality at the heart of the songs. Part self-conscious evocation of sixties pop, part grunge-influenced document of early-nineties music, TFC pointed the way for every Britpop band with a Lennon/Wilson fixation and a small amount of talent. And the songs? Well, Alcoholiday, a blaze of criss-cross guitars and heart-breaking lyrics, is one of the finest pop songs never released, while The Concept, Star Sign, December and Guiding Star are not far behind. Utterly wonderful.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2000
This isn't TFC's best album (Grand Prix surely gets that accolade) but it is nevertheless an inspired and gorgeously melodic LP. Obvious influences are Big Star and The Byrds but the slightly rough edge to the album and the vague hint of a grunge influence means that this album could only have been recorded in the early 90s. They would get better but this is an excellent introduction, and 'What YOu Do to Me' and 'Star Sign' are among their very best songs.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2013
with my middle finger. Idiots. This lp is great, an early 90's classic of melody and noise blended to perfection. Lyrically strong too its right up there with the best of TFC.
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3 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2011
Can't bring myself to enjoy this one bit. I was very much looking forward to giving this a spin once I'd bought it for I'm always on the lookout for timeless guitar pop records, but this plods drearily and is more repetitive than The Wedding Present. Disappointed but I may yet still try some of their other records. Not for me, this one.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2009
Songs from Northern Britain and Grand Prix are classics. This isn't ... so buy the others first then if you want to fill in the gaps, get this one.

This is good in parts, but not an album you'll absolutely love like you probably will the aformentioned.
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1 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2011
Bought another album (Howdy) of this band and thought it was quite good.
This album, on the other hand, contains a mess of random noise and is just not very good.
Another CD relegated to becoming a coaster.
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