Teenage Fanclub
Teenage Fanclub
are a Scottish alternative rock band formed in Bellshill in 1989. The band is composed of Norman Blake (vocals, guitar), Raymond McGinley (vocals, lead guitar), Gerard Love (vocals, bass) and Francis MacDonald (drums), with songwriting duties shared equally among Blake, McGinley and Love. In concert, the band usually alternate among the three songwriters (who all sing lead vocals on their own songs) giving equal playing time to each one's songs. Teenage Fanclub emerged from the Glasgow C86 scene and their sound is reminiscent of West Coast bands like the Beach Boys and the Byrds, and their seventies counterparts Big Star...(read more on wikipedia)

Links To Peel

Peel heard the band through the Paperhouse label and was enthusiastic about their sounds in the early 90's. After the mid-90's, he lost interest in the band, where they musically became more like the commercial sounds of the Byrds. Teenage Fanclub only did two sessions for Peel's show, one by themselves in 1990 and another with Frank Black in 1994. The band's popularity on Peel's programme, helped them to produce five Festive Fifty entries in the early 90's.

Festive Fifty Entries


Teenage Fanclub - Peel Session 1990

Teenage Fanclub - Peel Session 1990

The first and second sessions are available on The Peel Sessions (Vinyl, Strange Fruit, 1991) and The John Peel Session (CD, Strange Fruit, 1995).

1. Recorded: 1990-08-28. Broadcast: 30 September 1990. Repeated: 01 December 1990

  • God Knows Its True / So Far Gone / Alcoholiday / Long Hair

2. Recorded: 1994-05-14. Broadcast: 18 June 1994. Repeated: 08 October 1994, Peel October 1994

  • Handyman / The Man Who Was Too Loud / The Jaques Tati / Sister Isabel


Recorded and Live At The Shepherd's Bush Empire. Broadcast: 30 April 1997 (presented by Steve Lamacq)

  1. Sparky’s Dream
  2. Neil Jung
  3. Verisimilitude
  4. Mellow Doubt
  5. Ain’t That Enough
  6. About You
  7. Going Places
  8. I Don’t Want Control Of You
  9. Don’t Look Back

Other Shows Played 

(The following list was compiled only from the database of this site and Lorcan's Tracklistings Archive and is certainly incomplete. Please add further details if known.)

  • 02 June 1995: ‘Handyman (CD Single - The John Peel Session )' Strange Fruit
  • 02 June 1995: ‘Neil Jung (CD - Grand Prix )’ Creation Records
  • 03 June 1995: 'The Man Who Was Too Loud (CD-The John Peel Session)' (Strange Fruit)
  • 24 June 1995 (BFBS): 'Sister Isabel (CDS-The John Peel Session)' (Strange Fruit)
  • 18 May 1999: ‘The Jacques Tati (12 inch – The John Peel Sessions )’ Strange Fruit

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