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Studio album by Teenage Fanclub
Released 19 November 1991
Recorded 9 April–12 May 1991
Studio Amazon Studios, Liverpool
Genre Alternative rock
Length 42:56
Label Creation Records
Producer Paul Chisholm, Don Fleming, Teenage Fanclub
Teenage Fanclub chronology
The King
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 4/4 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B[4]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[5]
NME 9/10[6]
Q 4/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[8]
Select 4/5[9]

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.[10]

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.[11]

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

In 2006 the album was performed live in its entirety as part of the All Tomorrow's Parties-curated Don't Look Back series.[12]

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

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Concept" (Norman Blake) – 6:07
  2. "Satan" (Blake, Gerard Love, Raymond McGinley, Brendan O'Hare) – 1:22
  3. "December" (Love) – 3:03
  4. "What You Do to Me" (Blake) – 2:00
  5. "I Don't Know" (McGinley) – 4:36
  6. "Star Sign" (Love) – 4:53
  7. "Metal Baby" (Blake) – 3:39
  8. "Pet Rock" (Love) – 2:35
  9. "Sidewinder" (Love, O'Hare) – 3:03
  10. "Alcoholiday" (Blake) – 5:26
  11. "Guiding Star" (Love) – 2:48
  12. "Is This Music?" (Love) – 3:18



  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Bandwagonesque – Teenage Fanclub". AllMusic. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (5 December 1991). "Teenage Fanclub: Bandwagonesque (DGC)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-857-12595-8. 
  4. ^ Browne, David (10 January 1992). "Bandwagonesque". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Willman, Chris (19 January 1992). "Scotland's Teenage Fanclub Hops on 'Bandwagonesque' for Fun Ride". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  6. ^ Brown, James (2 November 1991). "Teenage Fanclub – Bandwagonesque". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Teenage Fanclub: Bandwagonesque". Q (63). December 1991. 
  8. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  9. ^ Maier, Dan (December 1991). "Teenage Fanclub: Bandwagonesque". Select (18): 76. 
  10. ^ Unterberger, Andrew (7 April 2015). "SPIN 30: Teenage Fanclub Talk Unlikely Breakout Album, 'Bandwagonesque'". Spin. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  11. ^ Book review, Archived October 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Concert information on Don't Look Back website