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Scottish indie band known for their infectious hooks and soaring harmonies

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Teenage Fanclub came into existence when former Boy Hairdressers Raymond McGinley, Francis Macdonald and Norman Blake recruited bassist Gerard Love to join them in a new venture. Their 1990 debut A Catholic Education got the band off to a promising start, even if its noisy, feedback-drenched squall was far removed from the melodic power pop that would make them heroes at home and abroad.

Following the endearingly shambolic, almost totally instrumental The King, Teenage Fanclub (who now included Brendan O’Hare on drums in place of Macdonald) signed to Alan McGee’s Creation Records in the UK and Geffen in the US.

Their first album for both was 1991’s seminal Bandwagonesque, which found them dialling back the dissonance of their first two records in exchange for heavenly three-part harmonies and soaring melodies that were more reminiscent of The Byrds and Big Star. Even in a year that offered up Nevermind, Loveless and Achtung Baby, Bandwagonesque won album of the year in Spin magazine’s yearly poll. Kurt Cobain declared them the best band in the world.

Perhaps victims of their own success, The Fannies (as they’re affectionately known to fans) struggled with their follow-up. Thirteen was initially viewed as a disappointment by both critics and the band themselves, although it’s been viewed far more generously in hindsight. O’Hare left the band after Thirteen’s release, replaced by former Soup Dragons and Boy Hairdressers drummer Paul Quinn.

Teenage Fanclub raced ahead with their next album Grand Prix, which contained future fan-favourites Sparky’s Dream, Neil Jung, Mellow Doubt and Versimilitude. Reviews would have been unanimously ecstatic, but for one dissenting voice from Melody Maker. Teenage Fanclub retaliated by cheekily placing an ad in the magazine claiming “Nine out of ten cats prefer Teenage Fanclub”.

The band’s albums had been one-upping each other since Bandwagonesque, each charting higher than the last. That trend peaked with another critically adored album, Songs From Northern Britain, which reached No.3 in 1997.

Record label issues meant it would be three years before another Teenage Fanclub record appeared. Howdy! was the band’s last with drummer Paul Quinn, who left to focus on his family and found the similarly blissful indie pop band The Primary Five. Original drummer Francis Macdonald returned to the fold in his stead.

Releases became increasingly sporadic in the ’00s. Jad Fair enlisted TFC as his backing band for Words Of Wisdom And Hope in 2002 and a best of (featuring three new tracks) came out a year later. The Fannies then decamped to Chicago to record Man-Made with John McEntire of Tortoise.

After 2010’s Shadows, Blake moved to Toronto and TFC slowed to a crawl, only resurfacing for the occasional live show. While in Toronto, Blake formed the New Mendicants with Joe Pernice and The Sadies drummer Mike Belitsky and produced two albums for Swedish band I Was A King, but it was 2016 before a new Fannies album appeared. However, Here was well worth the wait, showcasing a band that might have eased off the gas slightly, but could still turn out breath-taking melodies and crafty hooks with consumate ease.

Founding member Gerard Love announced his departure from the band shortly afterwards, with long-time keyboardist Dave McGowan taking his place on bass and Euros Childs (Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci) joining on keys.

Teenage Fanclub announced their 11th studio album Endless Arcade in 2020, set for an October release alongside a UK tour. Both the Teenage Fanclub new album and UK tour were delayed to 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with some dates moved to 2022. Endless Arcade was eventually released on 30 April 2021.

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Teenage Fanclub are touring the UK in September 2021 and April 2022.

No, Teenage Fanclub's UK tour dates from 2019 have been rescheduled to September 2021 and April 2022. Tickets for the original dates remain valid.

Teenage Fanclub have announced shows in the following locations:

September 2021

  • Manchester
  • London
  • Edinburgh
  • Aberdeen
  • Glasgow

April 2022

  • Sheffield
  • Nottingham
  • Birmingham
  • Norwich
  • Bath
  • Brighton
  • Portsmouth
  • Belfast