Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Bless Me Father, For I Have Sinned
I just don't get what's so wonderful about Teenage Fanclub.
My goal today was not to start some controversial discussion or get all of your backs up. I like the band...a little. It all started with this, a comment made last week by our good friend A Walk In The Woods--
"I'm a huge T-Fanclub fan. Surprised to not see them a little more in your mixes, knowing your Todd Rundgren fixation."
I don't hear that at all, AWITW.
What I have always heard in Teenage Fanclub's music is a band who can write some good songs, sing some nice harmonies, and emulate some of my very favorite bands but never quite knock one out of the park. Sacrilege to some of you, I know. I'm sorry.
Before I decided to write this post, I listened to "Bandwagonesque"...again. I think I do this once a year, usually after I make a passing comment about not loving TF and hearing it from someone about how crazy I am. (I used to do this with "Blade Runner." See HERE.) By track 5, it all started to sound exactly the same to me. I also put "Grand Prix, " "13," and "Howdy" in a playlist and listened on shuffle. Again, all very nice. But if I was being waterboarded, I couldn't tell you what I had just listened to.
Another frequent discussion I have, this one with our friend Jeff K., is what makes a power pop band good. Our pal Steve Simels will have plenty to add to this, I'm sure. For me, it can't just be the ingredients. I think back to the early days of Oasis and all of the comparisons to The Beatles. I wanted to beat every British music journalist to a pulp for making those comparisons. Ending a song on an Amaj7 chord does not make you sound like The Beatles anymore than playing a 12-string Rickenbacker makes you the new Byrds.
That being said, I ask you, Teenage Fanclub fans, please if you're up for it, suggest a Top 5 for me. Give me your 5 best TF songs. I want to know what I'm missing. And AWITW, give me three that you think sound like Todd Rundgren.