🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Teenage Fanclub

Was planning to do this today before the other thread got bumped so don’t accuse me of being… … …bandwagonesque.

Johnny Cash finds a home between Aphex Twin and Tom Waits:

Summary
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Boards Of Canada 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
The Knife 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
New Order 3.99
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Underworld 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
Guided By Voices 3.82
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
AC/DC 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Moby 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

Today;

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  • 4
  • 5

0 voters

1 Like
  • A Catholic Education
  • The King
  • Bandwagonesque
  • Thirteen
  • Grand Prix
  • Songs From Northern Britain
  • Howdy!
  • Words Of Wisdom And Hope
  • Man-Made
  • Shadows
  • Here

0 voters

  • Everything Flows
  • Everybody’s Fool
  • The Ballad Of John & Yoko
  • God Knows It’s True
  • Star Sign
  • The Concept
  • What You Do To Me
  • Free Again
  • Radio
  • Norman 3
  • Hang On
  • Fallin
  • Mellow Doubt
  • Sparky’s Dream
  • Neil Jung
  • Ain’t That Enough
  • I Don’t Want Control Of You
  • Start Again
  • Long Shot
  • I Need Direction
  • Dumb Dumb Dumb
  • Near To You
  • Did I Say
  • Association
  • Scotland On Sunday
  • Fallen Leaves
  • It’s All In My Mind
  • Baby Lee
  • I’m In Love

0 voters

Don’t hate them but don’t really get them either. 3.

1 Like
  1. That run of albums from Bandwagonesque to Howdy! is brilliant. Really tough call on which is best, but I think Bandwagon just about pips it for me. When they nail that mix of harmonies and cranked/fuzzy guitar tones… that’s like peak music or me.
4 Likes

I mean look at that list of songs.

Any enjoyment I got from them (which was a fairly large amount) has been tainted by Francis being a transphobic arsehole so no idea how to score them really.

2 Likes

Really don’t like them. Find them dull as ditch water and they were shite supporting Nirvana.

Great band, great fun, lovely stuff 4/5

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Can’t believe these guys are so local to me yet I have had so little exposure to them, heard one song on a compilation years ago and I think someone played them in a round of music league, that’s it. Not even sure what kind of music they were. Not a fan of abstinence so I’ll check out the top album when the poll numbers rise and vote accordingly.

They’re okay. Some great stuff amongst some average stuff. 3

At their peak they released some fantastic albums, Grand Prix being my favourite. Around that time the three main songwriters all got equal exposure, yet the albums flowed brilliantly. Started losing track around the time of Howdy and haven’t heard much of the recent stuff at all, barring Here which was pleasant enough. Didn’t even register that Euros Childs was now an official member

1 Like

Don’t really understand why they are so popular. I bought Bandwagonesque but it didn’t do anything for me at all. Think it’s just going to be a 2 from me I’m afraid.

2 Likes

Some highlights from that 5 album run of Bandwagonesque to Howdy!. Safe to say videos weren’t their strength.

They’ve got some absolutely lovely songs: I Need Direction/Sparky’s Dream/Everything Flows are staples of so many of my summer playlists and they really nail down that shimmery delicate Scottish pop-rock thing that normally gets a sure-fire 5 from me.

But. I don’t think they’ve ever made a great album, and so much of their output just completely washes over me, despite repeated listens. Went to see them at the Kelvingrove bandstand a few years ago and ended up bored stiff, despite them playing a set that was pretty much all the “hits”. And the transphobia stuff has definitely made me much less inclined to give them a listen recently.

Weird one for me: would consider myself a fan, but can’t work up much enthusiasm for them beyond a fairly narrow set of tunes spread pretty evenly across most of their fairly long career. So I’m going for a 3.

1 Like

Solid three. Decent lads, a few really good songs but they’ve never really been more than the sum of their influences. I would be happy to listen to them anytime but can’t imagine being that excited about it.

Judging purely on the music and the highs alone it’s a 5

This was practically the national anthem of Lanarkshire for a while in the 90’s

3 Likes

I saw them twice in 1991. The first time, at Reading, they were great so I was excited to go to their headlining gig at Trent Poly (don’t bother looking for it, it’s not there anymore) that autumn, whereupon I was bored stupid for ninety minutes. They have a few nice tunes, but really they’re for people who are into the craft of songwriting and all that gubbins when all I really want out of guitar music is someone shouting 1-2-3-4! and then a load of banging and shouting.

5 Likes

So good. Not sure how to rate them as a whole but many great songs across their career. Mad to think they were once this.

3 Likes

Everything Flows and Mellow Doubt are nice, it’s not as if what they do is so massively different from other bands I love but I’ve listened to Bandwagonesque and SFNB a few times each and I didn’t like either. I don’t get it at all, they really bored me.