Teenage Fanclub


Scotland's Teenage Fanclub were elevated to legendary status almost immediately upon releasing their audacious 1990 debut album, A Catholic Education, on the nascent Matador label. The late '80s/early '90s were the dawning of the influential 'indie rock' scene as we know it today. College radio led the way, major labels had not yet quite co-opted the term 'alternative,' and the mainstream press celebrated independent label music in a major way. Dinoosaur Jr., Naked Raygun, Sonic Youth etc., paved the way for LOUD guitar bands pummeling through insanely catchy tunes with epic choruses. The 'Daydream Nation' also adopted Teenage Fanclub, along with Ride, My Bloody Valentine, and a select few other British acts. The Fannies' debut album, recorded on a small budget and mixed in a few hours (or something like that), was as brashly melodic and grungily produced as anything on the market. Their outrageous personal statements and 'winner-take-all' attitude coming out of the gate also generated no small amount of notoriety for them in the indie rock world. U.S. touring and a follow-up EP recorded with agent provocateur, Don Fleming, converted a significant number of campus DJs, budding journalists, record label mailroom staff and rock musicians into diehard, lifelong, Fanclub fans. Notable tours with the Pastels, Primal Scream, and gigs with the Pixies, Soup Dragons, Galaxie 500 and My Bloody Valentine solidified their reputation. Their career flourished during the '90s, during which time they became a cultural institution in the U.K., and a deeply-loved, and much admired, cult band in the U.S.