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Studio album by Teenage Fanclub
Released 4 November 1991
Recorded Amazon Studios, Liverpool, 9 April-12 May 1991
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]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention) [2]
Tiny Mix Tapes 5/5 stars[3]

Bandwagonesque is the third album by Scottish alternative rock band Teenage Fanclub, released in November 1991 on Creation Records. Bandwagonesque became famous by beating Nirvana's landmark album Nevermind to be voted 'album of the year' for 1991 by American music magazine Spin. It also gave the band substantial US success when the single "Star Sign" reached #4 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, becoming their biggest hit in that country. "What You Do to Me" and "The Concept" were also Top 20 hits on that chart.

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.[4]

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.[5]

"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 also featured in the 2013 film The World's End.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Concept" (Blake) – 6:07
  2. "Satan" (Teenage Fanclub) – 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



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  2. ^ "Robert Christgau review". Retrieved 2015-02-28. 
  3. ^ Mangat, Ajitpaul (2008-06-05). "Tiny Mix Tapes review". Retrieved 2015-02-28. 
  4. ^ Book review,[dead link]
  5. ^ Concert information on Don't Look Back website