A Catholic Education

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A Catholic Education
Studio album by Teenage Fanclub
Released June 11, 1990
Recorded 1989
Genre Alternative rock
Length 39:46
Label Paperhouse Records (original UK release)
Fire (2009 UK reissue)
Matador (USA)
Producer Teenage Fanclub
Teenage Fanclub chronology
A Catholic Education
The King
(1991)The King1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

A Catholic Education is the debut album by Scottish alternative rock band Teenage Fanclub, released in 1990.

The album received positive reviews from UK music journalists and critics.[2]

In contrast to the group's later work, the album has a very dark, abrasive, and cynical tone and incorporated a grunge and heavy metal influenced sound. As well, the album's two title tracks are direct attacks on the Catholic Church, which are unique for an otherwise apolitical band. The opening track, "Everything Flows", is a mellow powerpop-influenced song (unlike the rest of the album) that provides a sort of blueprint for their later work.[3]

"Everything Flows" was later included in the compilation albums Deep Fried Fanclub and Four Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty-Six Seconds – A Short Cut to Teenage Fanclub. Those were released in 1995 and 2003, respectively.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Everything Flows" Blake 5:12
2. "Everybody's Fool" Blake/Love/McGinley 2:54
3. "Catholic Education" Blake 2:34
4. "Eternal Light" Blake 4:11
5. "Heavy Metal" McGinley 2:14
6. "Critical Mass" Blake 2:48
7. "Too Involved" Blake/McGinley 2:38
8. "Don't Need a Drum" Blake/McGinley 3:18
9. "Every Picture I Paint" Blake/McGinley 3:23
10. "Catholic Education II" Blake 3:01
11. "Heavy Metal II" Blake/McGinley 7:21



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Janovitz, Bill. "Everything Flows". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  3. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "A Catholic Education - Teenage Fanclub". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-09.