Mogwai Young Team

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Mogwai Young Team
Studio album by Mogwai
Released 27 October 1997
Recorded MCM Studios, Hamilton, Scotland
Genre Post-rock
Length 64:31
Label Chemikal Underground
Producer Paul Savage, Andy Miller
Mogwai chronology
Mogwai Young Team
Come On Die Young
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
NME 9/10[2]
Pitchfork Media 9.7/10[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[4]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5[5]

Mogwai Young Team (also known as Young Team) is the debut studio album by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai. Produced by Paul Savage and Andy Miller, the album was released on 27 October 1997 through Chemikal Underground record label.


Mogwai Young Team was recorded in Summer 1997 at MCM Studios (now known as Gargleblast Studios) in Hamilton, Scotland, and was produced by Paul Savage and Andy Miller. It is largely instrumental, with one notable exception ("R U Still in 2 It", which features vocals from Aidan Moffat of Arab Strap), although many songs feature recordings of various individuals speaking, whether over the phone ("Tracy"), reading ("Yes! I Am a Long Way from Home"), or just rambling ("Katrien").[6] It features limited instrumentation, consisting mainly of guitar, bass and drums, although other instruments can sometimes be heard throughout the album, such as glockenspiel ("Tracy"), piano ("Radar Maker", "With Portfolio", "A Cheery Wave from Stranded Youngsters") and flute ("Mogwai Fear Satan"). The band had only written three of the songs before they entered the studio.[7]

Mogwai Young Team was listed at #97 on Pitchfork Media's Top 100 Albums of the 1990s.[8] The album sold more than 30,000 copies in the UK.[9]

The "MYT" logo found inside the cover was created by Adam Piggot. The MYT logo is based on a popular mark used by young gangs in Glasgow, Scotland. A "Young Team" is specific to an area: "Sighthill Young Team", for example. The Japanese sign on the cover reads "Fuji Bank". The picture was taken and inverted by Brendan O'Hare.

The band took up pseudonyms for the liner notes on the album. Stuart Braithwaite was dubbed pLasmatroN. John Cummings took the nickname Cpt. Meat after his obsession for eating chops. Martin Bulloch adopted the alias bionic because of his heart pacemaker. Dominic Aitchison chose the name DEMONIC because of his childhood fear and nightmares of Lucifer, which would also inspire the album's end song Mogwai Fear Satan. Brendan O'Hare, who was the oldest of the group by six years at 27 and had already been in several recording bands, was named +the relic+.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks were written by Stuart Braithwaite, Dominic Aitchison, Martin Bulloch, and John Cummings, except "R U Still in 2 It", lyrics by Aidan Moffat.

  1. "Yes! I Am a Long Way from Home" – 5:57
  2. "Like Herod" – 11:41
  3. "Katrien" – 5:24
  4. "Radar Maker" – 1:35
  5. "Tracy" – 7:19
  6. "Summer (Priority Version)" – 3:28
  7. "With Portfolio" – 3:10
  8. "R U Still in 2 It" – 7:20
  9. "A Cheery Wave from Stranded Youngsters" – 2:18
  10. "Mogwai Fear Satan" – 16:19


Mogwai Young Team was re-released in May 2008 on the Chemikal Underground label, packaged as a remaster of the original album with a second disc containing rare tracks from the Young Team sessions and live recordings. Of the second disc, only "Young Face Gone Wrong" was previously unreleased, the following three tracks had earlier appeared on various compilation albums and other releases.

  1. "Young Face Gone Wrong" – 2:58 [outtake from 'Young Team' recording sessions]
  2. "I Don't Know What to Say" – 1:15 [outtake from 'Young Team' recording sessions, originally released on NME's 'Radio 1 Sound City' CD 1998]
  3. "I Can't Remember" – 3:14 [originally released on 'Glasgow EP' compilation 7" on 'Plastic Cowboy' label 1998]
  4. "Honey" – 4:18 [cover, originally released on 'A Tribute To Spacemen 3' CD on 'Rocket Girl' label 1998]
  5. "Katrien" (Live) – 5:31
  6. "R U Still in 2 It" (Live) – 8:01
  7. "Like Herod" (Live) – 7:53
  8. "Summer (Priority)" (Live) – 2:59
  9. "Mogwai Fear Satan" (Live) – 10:26


Additional musicians

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Record label Format Catalogue #
United States 21 October 1997 Jet Set CD TWA07CD
United Kingdom 27 October 1997 Chemikal Underground CD CHEM018CD
Australia/New Zealand 28 October 1997 Spunk CD URA013
United Kingdom 26 May 2008 Chemikal Underground 2CD reissue CHEM106CD
4LP box set CHEM106


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Young Team – Mogwai". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Mulvey, John (25 October 1997). "Mogwai – Mogwai Young Team". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Mirov, Nick. "Mogwai: Young Team". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 27 September 2005. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 551. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  5. ^ Hartwig, Andrew (17 March 2005). "Mogwai – Young Team". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
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  7. ^ Wolk, Douglas (1999) "Our Gang", CMJ New Music Monthly, May 1999, retrieved 2010-04-17
  8. ^ Pitchfork Media:Top 100 Albums of the 1990s
  9. ^ Simmonds, Jeremy: "Mogwai", in Buckley, Peter (2003) The Rough Guide to Rock, Rough Guides, ISBN 978-1-84353-105-0, p. 684-6
  10. ^ [1]

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