Almost thirty years on from the band’s debut album A Catholic Education, the much loved Teenage Fanclub continue to give their audiences joy, be it at their own headline dates or at festivals alike. The band’s signature indie rock repertoire was paid the ultimate sign of respect by Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, one of the genres other prominent songwriters, by covering the band’s acclaimed 1991 album Bandwagonesque in its entirety.
Gibbard is noted as saying “Hearing Bandwagonesque, it not only scratched that itch of like, ‘This is familiar to me: melodically familiar, structurally familiar, the harmonies feel familiar’, but at the same time, it has this energy to it… Everyone would open up their lockers and there’d be picture of women, and punk bands, and metal bands, and I had a photo of Norman and Raymond in my locker.”
Other famous admirers include the late Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain, with Teenage Fanclub supporting the grunge giants for a European tour in 1992. With the Scottish icons being talked about as being an equally important band.
Throughout their illustrious career the band have released a total of ten studio albums, their latest offering being 2016’s Here, released on the band’s own PeMa label. Making the Scottish Album Of The Year Award longlist in 2017. Many of the band’s offerings have claimed Top 20 status in the UK, no mean feat for an alternative rock band reaching their 30th year anniversary as a band.