Grand Prix (album)

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Grand Prix
Studio album by Teenage Fanclub
Released May 29, 1995
Recorded 5 September–9 October 1994 at The Manor, Shipton-on-Cherwell
Genre Alternative rock, power pop, jangle pop
Length 42:09
Label Creation
Producer David Bianco, Teenage Fanclub
Teenage Fanclub chronology
Deep Fried Fanclub
(1995)
Grand Prix
(1995)
Songs from Northern Britain
(1997)

Grand Prix is the fifth album by British alternative rock band Teenage Fanclub, released in May 1995 via Creation Records.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
BBC Music (Positive)[2]
Q 5/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone (Positive)[4]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
The Independent (Positive)[6]

Writing for The Independent in June 1995, Angela Lewis described Grand Prix as a "breathtakingly superb (album) with finely honed dynamics, nagging harmonies and deceptively simple lyrics".[7]

In 2000, Q magazine placed Grand Prix at number 72 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever,[citation needed] and in 2004 it made #72 on The Observer Music Monthly's top 100 British albums list.[8]

Album cover[edit]

The now-defunct Formula One racing team Simtek provided the car that appears on the front cover.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "About You"   McGinley 2:41
2. "Sparky's Dream"   Love 3:17
3. "Mellow Doubt"   Blake 2:42
4. "Don't Look Back"   Love 3:43
5. "Verisimilitude"   McGinley 3:31
6. "Neil Jung"   Blake 4:48
7. "Tears"   Blake 2:43
8. "Discolite"   Love 3:07
9. "Say No"   McGinley 3:12
10. "Going Places"   Love 4:28
11. "I'll Make It Clear"   Blake 2:33
12. "I Gotta Know"   McGinley 3:27
13. "Hardcore/Ballad"   Blake 1:48

Personnel[edit]

Teenage Fanclub
Additional musicians
Technical personnel
  • Teenage Fanclub – co-producer, sleeve design
  • David Bianco – co-producer
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • Sonia Slany – arrangement
  • George Borowski – guitar maintenance
  • Marcus Tomlinson – front cover photography
  • John Andrews – cover shoot co-ordinator
  • Robert Fisher – "Grand Prix" logo designer
  • Toby Egeinick – sleeve layout

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Review: Grand Prix". Allmusic. Retrieved 18 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Collinson, Rowan (February 1, 2001). "Review: Teenage Fanclub Grand Prix Review". BBC. Retrieved 18 June 2009. 
  3. ^ Collins, Andrew. "Review: Teenage Fanclub - Grand Prix". Q (EMAP Metro Ltd) (Q118, July 1996): 129. 
  4. ^ "Review: Teenage Fanclub, Grand Prix". Jann Wenner. February 2, 1998. Retrieved 18 June 2009. 
  5. ^ Butler, Nick (August 9, 2008). "Review: Teenage Fanclub, Grand Prix". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 18 June 2009. 
  6. ^ Gill, Andy (May 26, 1995). "Review: Teenage Fanclub, Grand Prix". The Independent. Retrieved 18 June 2009. 
  7. ^ Lewis, Angela (June 2, 1995). "Feature: Teenage Fanclub Preview". The Independent. Retrieved 18 June 2009. 
  8. ^ "Feature: Observer Music Monthly's top 100 British albums". Guardian Media Group. June 20, 2004. Retrieved 18 June 2009. 
  9. ^ Grand Prix sleeve notes