Songs from Northern Britain

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Songs from Northern Britain
Studio album by Teenage Fanclub
Released 29 July 1997
Recorded Rich Farm Studios, Surrey
AIR Studios, London
Abbey Road Studios
Length 43:24
Label Creation
Teenage Fanclub chronology
Grand Prix
(1995)Grand Prix1995
Songs from Northern Britain
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Chicago Tribune 3/3 stars [2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars [3]

Songs from Northern Britain is the sixth studio album by Scottish alternative rock band Teenage Fanclub, released in 1997.


By 1997, Teenage Fanclub had released five albums and toured heavily. When it came time to record their sixth effort, frontman Norman Blake felt as though the band were in a positive place. Songs from Northern Britain was recorded at London's Air Studios. Choosing London was a conscious effort, as the band hoped to switch their locale during each recording process.[4] In 2016, frontman Norman Blake ranked Songs from Northern Britain as his second favorite album by the band, remembering, "I think we had been on a bit of a roll at this point. Everyone was happy." He ranked "I Don't Want Control of You" as one of his favorite songs he had written.[4]

The photography for the album was taken by Donald Milne, and was shot around the band's home of Scotland.[4] The band describe the title as "a joking reference to Britpop, and everybody who thought we were part of that scene". [5] Blake expanded on the title in 2016, commenting, "We just thought it sounded funny. No one calls Scotland "Northern Britain," although technically it is."[4]

In his book 31 Songs, Nick Hornby names Songs from Northern Britain as one of his favourite albums. He names the introduction to the book after "Your Love Is the Place Where I Come From", and also praises "Ain't That Enough".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Start Again" Blake 3:11
2. "Ain't That Enough" Love 3:42
3. "Can't Feel My Soul" McGinley 3:21
4. "I Don't Want Control of You" Blake 3:08
5. "Planets" Blake/MacDonald 2:50
6. "It's a Bad World" McGinley 4:20
7. "Take the Long Way Round" Love 3:25
8. "Winter" Blake 3:46
9. "I Don't Care" McGinley 3:06
10. "Mount Everest" Love 5:15
11. "Your Love Is the Place Where I Come From" McGinley 3:29
12. "Speed of Light" Love 3:53



  1. ^ Collar, Matt. "Songs from Northern Britain: Overview". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Reger, Rick (1 August 1997). "Teenage Fanclub Songs from Northern Britain". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Vincitelli, Elisabeth (21 July 1997). "Teenage Fanclub: Songs from Northern Britain". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 29 April 2007. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d Cam Lindsay (September 6, 2016). "Rank Your Records: Norman Blake Merrily Rates the Ten Teenage Fanclub Albums". Noisey. Vice. Retrieved December 22, 2017. 
  5. ^ Unterberger, Andrew (7 April 2015). "SPIN 30: Teenage Fanclub Talk Unlikely Breakout Album, 'Bandwagonesque'". Spin. Retrieved 20 January 2016.