Vinyl love: Teenage Fanclub “Thirteen” (+ “Country song” b/w “Eyes wide open”)

(Vinyl Love is a series of posts that quite simply lists, describes, and displays the pieces in my growing vinyl collection. You can bet that each record was given a spin during the drafting of each corresponding post.)

Artist: Teenage Fanclub
Album Title: Thirteen
Year released: 1993
Year reissued: 2018
Details: Black vinyl, reissue, remastered at Abbey Road Studios, included bonus 7″ single “Country song” b/w “Eyes wide open”

The skinny: After falling hard for “Bandwagonesque“, I was all over the group’s next album, “Thirteen”, the moment I heard it was being released. The first single (see below) was stunning, as was the rest of the album, and demanded that I get tickets for their show when they swung through Toronto that year. This is the second of the five reissues Teenage Fanclub has released this year, all from their time spent with Creation. Of course, I wanted all of them so expect a few more from the fannies in the coming weeks.

Standout track: “Hang on”

6 replies on “Vinyl love: Teenage Fanclub “Thirteen” (+ “Country song” b/w “Eyes wide open”)”

It’s funny. The critics didn’t really like this one. I loved it at the time (and still do) but I get the feeling now that it’s not on most people’s favourite list. The only con with this reissue is that it doesn’t have all those awesome bonus tracks my CD had on it.

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I kinda remember it having a lukewarm reception, but I really liked it. It was actually the first album of theirs I bought, so very much my introduction… maybe that has a bearing on my fondness for it.


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