Teenage Fanclub – “Baby Lee”
I know the Scottish power poppers in Teenage Fanclub have kept it going fairly steadily since debuting in 1990, but their last album I spent a ton of time with was 1991’s Bandwagonesque. Which just inspired Amrit and I to have a discussion about how we spent the grunge years. It was a strange record for me to get into at that point. I was way more into noise, trash rock, lo-fi pop, Pussy Galore, the Jesus Lizard, Big Black, Laughing Hyenas, Harry Pussy, Beat Happening, cassette culture, etc.: Sebadoh’s III, also released in 1991, honestly had a bigger impact on me than Nevermind. But something about Bandwagonesque stuck with me through the hiss and skree and primitivism and I played it repeatedly (on cassette, of course). “Baby Lee,” from the group’s forthcoming ninth album Shadows, doesn’t have that same immediate tug, but my sense is hardcore fans will be basking in it. The collection’s their first since 2005’s Man-Made.
Shadows is out 6/8 via Merge. Expect them to hit the States in September.