Vinyl love: Teenage Fanclub “Grand prix”

(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: Grand prix
Year released: 1995
Year reissued: 2018
Details: Black vinyl, reissue, remastered at Abbey Road Studios, included bonus 7″ single “Every step is a way through” b/w “Some people try to fuck with you”

The skinny: If I wasn’t already a massive fan of Teenage Fanclub by the time their fourth (or is it fifth?) album rolled out, “Grand prix” definitely would have sealed it for me. The Scottish four-piece switched things up a bit, toning down the noise for more jangle, but kept the sweet vocal harmonies intact. This album soundtracked my third year of university and for that, it’ll always be a favourite… And man, does it sound sweet on this reissue.

Standout track: “Mellow doubt”

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”

Vinyl love: Teenage Fanclub “Bandwagonesque” (+ “Heavy metal 6” b/w “Long hair”)

(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: Bandwagonesque
Year released: 1991
Year reissued: 2018
Details: Black vinyl, reissue, remastered at Abbey Road Studios, included bonus 7″ single “Heavy metal 6” b/w “Long hair”

The skinny: Considered at the time, one of the best albums of 1991, topping a good deal of ‘best of the year’ charts. Unfortunately, it hasn’t enjoyed the same sustained commercial success as some of its contemporaries (*cough* Nirvana *cough*). The Fannies third (?) album is a classic in my eyes, all noisy guitars, feedback, and beautiful vocal harmonies. This fully remastered reissue is one of five the band did this year (each arriving last week in post) so expect a few more Teenage Fanclub “Vinyl Love” posts in the coming month.

Standout track: “The concept”