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Studio album by
Released19 November 1991
Recorded9 April–12 May 1991
StudioAmazon Studios, Liverpool
LabelCreation Records
Teenage Fanclub chronology
The King
Singles from Bandwagonesque
  1. "Star Sign"
    Released: 12 August 1991
  2. "The Concept"
    Released: 21 October 1991
  3. "What You Do to Me"
    Released: 27 January 1992

Bandwagonesque is the third album by Scottish alternative rock band Teenage Fanclub, released in November 1991 on Creation Records. The album gave the band substantial US success when the single "Star Sign" reached number four on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, becoming their biggest hit in that country, with "What You Do to Me" and "The Concept" also becoming top 20 hits on that chart. Bandwagonesque was voted 'album of the year' for 1991 by American music magazine Spin, famously beating Nirvana's landmark album Nevermind.[1] It was voted number 386 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums 3rd Edition (2000). [2] In 2013, NME ranked it at number 115 in its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[3] The album is also included in Robert Dimery's book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[4]
Chicago Tribune4/4 stars[5]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[6]
Entertainment WeeklyB[7]
Mojo5/5 stars[8]
Q4/5 stars[11]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[12]

The liner notes to the 2009 Big Star box set Keep an Eye on the Sky said that Bandwagonesque was "... an album so in thrall to Chilton, Bell, and company that some critics had taken to calling it "Big Star's 4th."[14]


In 2006 the album was performed live in its entirety as part of the All Tomorrow's Parties-curated Don't Look Back series.[15] In 2013, NME ranked it at number 115 in its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[16]

"The Concept" was covered by Jimmy Eat World on the Japanese deluxe edition of their 2004 album Futures.[17] "The Concept" was also featured prominently in the 2011 film Young Adult.[18] "What You Do To Me" was featured in the 2013 film The World's End and on its soundtrack album.[19]

On July 28, 2017, Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie released Bandwagonesque, an album covering all twelve tracks of the original 1991 release. He noted that it was "[his] favorite record by [his] favorite band of all time."[20]

Cover art[edit]

The cover is designed by Sharon Fitzgerald. When Kiss member Gene Simmons, who had trademarked the logo of a moneybag with dollar symbol, was made aware of the record he sent a letter to Geffen Records, who in turn gave in and sent Simmons a cheque, according to Simmons's book Sex Money Kiss.[21]

Track listing[edit]

1."The Concept"Norman Blake6:07
2."Satan"Blake, Gerard Love, Raymond McGinley, Brendan O'Hare1:22
4."What You Do to Me"Blake2:00
5."I Don't Know"McGinley4:36
6."Star Sign"Love4:53
7."Metal Baby"Blake3:39
8."Pet Rock"Love2:35
9."Sidewinder"Love, O'Hare3:03
11."Guiding Star"Love2:48
12."Is This Music?"Love3:18


Teenage Fanclub
Additional musicians
  • Joseph McAlinden – brass and strings
  • Don Fleming – occasional guitar and vocals
  • Dave Buchanan – handclaps
  • Don Fleming – production
  • Teenage Fanclub – production, arrangements
  • Paul Chisholm – production, engineering
  • Keith Hartley – engineer
  • Dave Buchanan – assistant engineering
  • George Peckham – mastering
  • Sharon Fitzgerald – cover design, photography


  1. ^ Unterberger, Andrew (7 April 2015). "SPIN 30: Teenage Fanclub Talk Unlikely Breakout Album, 'Bandwagonesque'". Spin. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  2. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (2000). All Time Top 1000 Albums (3rd ed.). Virgin Books. p. 147. ISBN 0-7535-0493-6.
  3. ^ NME: The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time : October 2013
  4. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Bandwagonesque – Teenage Fanclub". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  5. ^ Kot, Greg (5 December 1991). "Teenage Fanclub: Bandwagonesque (DGC)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  6. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  7. ^ Browne, David (10 January 1992). "Bandwagonesque". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  8. ^ Eccleston, Danny (September 2018). "Whatever you want". Mojo (298): 100.
  9. ^ Brown, James (2 November 1991). "Teenage Fanclub – Bandwagonesque". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  10. ^ Sodomsky, Sam (11 August 2018). "Teenage Fanclub: Bandwagonesque / Thirteen / Grand Prix / Songs From Northern Britain / Howdy!". Pitchfork. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Teenage Fanclub: Bandwagonesque". Q (63). December 1991.
  12. ^ Sisario, Ben (2004). "Teenage Fanclub". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 805. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  13. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. (September 2018). "Teenage Fanclub: Bandwagonesque / Thirteen / Grand Prix / Songs from Northern Britain / Howdy!". Uncut (256): 51.
  14. ^ "Big Star Liner Notes". 2010-01-07. Retrieved 2017-08-01.
  15. ^ Concert information on Don't Look Back website
  16. ^ NME: The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time : October 2013
  17. ^ "Jimmy Eat World – Futures". Retrieved 2016-09-28.
  18. ^ "Allmusic track listing". Retrieved 2016-09-28.
  19. ^ "'The World's End' soundtrack features Pulp, Blur, Stone Roses & more". 2013-07-09. Retrieved 2016-09-28.
  20. ^ "Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard Covers Teenage Fanclub's "The Concept": Listen | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  21. ^ Book review, Archived October 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine