– Teenage Fanclub – in session for Marc Riley – BBC 6 Music – September 25, 2023 – BBC Radio 6 Music –
Perennial favorites Teenage Fanclub tonight. Recorded in session for Marc Riley at BBC 6 Music on September 25, 2023.
Teenage Fanclub’s music is reminiscent of California bands like the Beach Boys and the Byrds, and their seventies counterparts Big Star. Teenage Fanclub are very much influenced by Big Star and Orange Juice. They performed a cover of Orange Juice’s “Rip It Up” with Edwyn Collins. In December 2010, at the ATP Bowlie 2 music festival, they performed as the backing band for Edwyn Collins.
Their musical style has been described as alternative rock, power pop, indie rock,indie pop, jangle pop, noise pop, pop-punk, and grunge (early).
Teenage Fanclub were regularly name-checked in interviews by Kurt Cobain, who described them as “the best band in the world”. The band would support Nirvana on tour in the summer of 1992. Juliana Hatfield covered the song “Cells” on her 2012 self-titled album.
In August 2018, the band issued new versions of their five Creation Records era albums which had been remastered at Abbey Road Studios. To celebrate the reissues, the band also announced Songs from Teenage Fanclub: The Creation Records Years, a four-city UK tour during late October to mid-November in which they would play three nights each in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London, with each night’s setlist covering different periods of the Creation-era discography, and featuring former drummers Brendan O’Hare and Paul Quinn participating, in which both drummers would respectively perform the albums and B-sides they had originally recorded. These gigs would be Gerard Love’s last with the group, as he separated from the band due to differences in opinion on their future touring plans, later revealed to be a reluctance to fly frequently around the world for live performances.
After Love’s departure, Euros Childs joined the band on keyboards and vocals, with Dave McGowan switching over to bass and vocals. A new album with this line-up, titled Endless Arcade, was recorded in early and late 2019. It was originally planned for release in October 2020 to coincide with a UK and Europe tour the following November and December. However, the tour was rescheduled for April and May 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the album’s release date would eventually be set for 5 March 2021. The album release date and tour would end up being rescheduled once again, with Endless Arcade coming out on 30 April 2021 and the tour dates postponed to September 2021 and April and May 2022.
On 23 May 2023, Teenage Fanclub announced the September release of their twelfth album Nothing Lasts Forever.
To get you up to speed, here is a session they did only days ago by Teenage Fanclub. Crank it up.
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