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Teenage Fanclub

Making a rare venture Stateside, Scottish guitar jangle kings Teenage Fanclub dropped by the El Rey Theater in support of their new album Shadows, with local labelmates Radar Brothers opening.

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  1. I love Teenage Fanclub, but Jesus it looks like it’s been a rough twenty years.

  2. Saw both shows in Chicago last week. Norman and Raymond look nothing like the guys who were those early ’90s videos, but Gerard looks the same. More importantly, the guitars and voices are still spot on. Two absolutely terrific shows, and they really connected with the crowd.

    And they played “I Need Direction” both nights. Definite high points.

  3. Oh yeah, they still sound great. I wish they would play somewhere close to me.

    • Yeah when I saw them they sounded great, and sure they aren’t young men anymore, but I think they’ve aged well. I mean, it would be a LOT worse if they were trying to get all Nikki Sixxx up in this and smear black mascara all over their eyes and try to squeeze into leather pants. Instead, the whole look, and the music they’re making now, is honest to who they are, which is how it should be. The attitude that they all had on stage was so much better than a lot of the young bands I see in the city, too, so much more grateful and happy to be there playing for a room full of people.

      Too bad you can’t see them play, because it is a great show.

  4. The lead singer was 25 when Bandwagonesque was released in 1991. I remember seeing a poster for the release at the entrance of Universal Studios. I was a giddy teen, i gotta tell you.

    Confession: I haven’t heard anything since Thirteen, yet TFC is one of my favorite bands.

    • I would recommend the album Man-Made, one that came out maybe 5 years ago. More contemplative and certainly less noisy than the Bandwagonesque-era, but still a great album.

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