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Studio album by
Released4 November 1991 (UK)
19 November 1991 (US)
Recorded9 April–12 May 1991
StudioAmazon Studios, Liverpool
LabelCreation Records · DGC
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.[3] It was voted number 386 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums 3rd Edition (2000).[5]

Background and recording[edit]

Teenage Fanclub released their debut album, A Catholic Education, in 1990 on small independent label Paperhouse, and followed it up with the God Knows Its True EP before signing with Creation Records.

Following an encounter with Don Fleming at CBGB's in New York City, in March 1991 Teenage Fanclub started recording at Amazon Studios in Liverpool, with Fleming as producer.[6] Fleming encouraged the band to work on adding vocal harmonies, claiming that not many of their contemporaries were doing so.[7]

The album's release was preceded by The King, an album of covers and outtakes recorded using leftover studio tie from the Bandwagonesque sessions.[8]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Chicago Tribune[10]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[11]
Entertainment WeeklyB[12]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[17]

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."[19]


In 2006 the album was performed live in its entirety as part of the All Tomorrow's Parties-curated Don't Look Back series.[20] In 2013, NME ranked it at number 115 in its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[21]

"The Concept" was also featured prominently in the 2011 film Young Adult.[22] "What You Do To Me" was featured in the 2013 film The World's End and on its soundtrack album.[23]

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."[24]

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.[25]

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


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  20. ^ Concert information on Don't Look Back website
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