Teenage Fanclub – Live at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut – Glasgow, Scotland – May 22, 1991 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
Teenage Fanclub this weekend. Recorded live at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow on May 22, 1991. With COVID running roughshod over music this past year, forcing venues to close, tours to cancel, festivals called off and bands left wondering where the next meal is coming from, some bands are making the best of it under rotten circumstances and heading into the studio and coming out with new albums and new singles. Further evidence Music may be down, but it’s far from out.
Teenage Fanclub, who have been with us since 1989 have a new album, slated to come out this coming March. Endless Arcade is their first album since 2016 and it’s eagerly anticipated.
Always one of the bright spots, Teenage Fanclub have undergone some direction shifts as well as personnel changes, but have maintained that splendid integrity that’s been in their DNA since Day One.
This weekend it’s a dive back in time, during their earlier incarnation when they were heavy, immediate and high energy as part of the burgeoning C-86 scene.
The band was founded by Norman Blake (vocals, guitar), Raymond McGinley (vocals, lead guitar) and Gerard Love (vocals, bass), all of whom shared lead vocals and songwriting duties until Love’s departure in 2018. As of 2019, the band’s lineup consists of Blake, McGinley, Francis Macdonald (drums, vocals), Dave McGowan (bass, vocals) and Euros Childs (keyboards, vocals).
In concert, the band usually alternate among its songwriters, giving equal playing time to each one’s songs. Although often pegged as alternative rock, the group have incorporated a wide variety of elements from various music styles in their songs.
Teenage Fanclub have had a succession of drummers, namely Francis Macdonald, Brendan O’Hare and Paul Quinn. Keyboardist Finlay Macdonald (no relation) has also been a member. As of September 2016, the band have released ten studio albums and two compilation albums. Eleven as of April this year.
While you’re waiting, crank this one up and feel free to go crazy – it’s the weekend anyway.