Mogwai Young Team

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Mogwai Young Team
Studio album by Mogwai
Released 27 October 1997
Studio MCM Studios (Hamilton, Scotland)
Length 64:31
Label Chemikal Underground
Mogwai chronology
Mogwai Young Team
Come On Die Young
(1999)Come On Die Young1999

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 the Chemikal Underground record label.

Mogwai Young Team was re-released in May 2008 on Chemikal Underground, 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.


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").[1] 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.[2]

The cover, a photo taken and inverted by Brendan O'Hare, is of a Fuji Bank branch (since acquired by Mizuho Financial Group) located in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.[3] 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 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+.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[5]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[6]
The Guardian3/5 stars[7]
Record Collector5/5 stars[11]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[12]

Mogwai Young Team peaked at number 75 on the UK Albums Chart.[13] The album sold more than 30,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[14]

In 2003, Mogwai Young Team was listed at number 97 on Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 1990s.[15]

Track listing[edit]

1."Yes! I Am a Long Way from Home"Dominic Aitchison5:57
2."Like Herod"11:41
  • Aitchison
  • Braithwaite
4."Radar Maker"Cummings1:35
  • Aitchison
  • Braithwaite
  • Cummings
6."Summer (Priority Version)"
  • Aitchison
  • Braithwaite
7."With Portfolio"
8."R U Still in 2 It"
9."A Cheery Wave from Stranded Youngsters"
  • Braithwaite
  • Bulloch
10."Mogwai Fear Satan"
  • Aitchison
  • Braithwaite
  • Bulloch
Total length:64:31



Additional musicians



Chart (1997) Peak
Scottish Albums (OCC)[16] 69
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 75

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Record label Format Catalogue #
United States 21 October 1997 Jetset 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
4-LP box set CHEM106


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  3. ^ 1 Chome-20-22 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0013, Japan
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  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Young Team – Mogwai". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  6. ^ Larkin, Colin (2009). "Mogwai". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-972636-1. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  7. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (31 October 1997). "Mogwai: Mogwai Young Team (Chemikal Underground)". The Guardian. 
  8. ^ Mulvey, John (25 October 1997). "Mogwai – Mogwai Young Team". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  9. ^ Mirov, Nick. "Mogwai: Young Team". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 27 September 2005. Retrieved 24 April 2017. 
  10. ^ Mathers, Ian (16 July 2008). "Mogwai: Young Team". PopMatters. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  11. ^ Dosanjh, Ash (July 2008). "Mogwai – Young Team: Deluxe Edition". Record Collector (351). Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  12. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Mogwai". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 551. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  13. ^ a b "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  14. ^ Simmonds, Jeremy (2003). "Mogwai". In Buckley, Peter. The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. pp. 684–6. ISBN 978-1-84353-105-0. 
  15. ^ "Top 100 Albums of the 1990s". Pitchfork. 17 November 2003. Archived from the original on 17 February 2009. Retrieved 18 June 2018. 
  16. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 June 2018.

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