Review: ‘Here,’ Teenage Fanclub

It’s been 26 years since Teenage Fanclub debuted their raucous, guitar-heavy A Catholic Education. With each subsequent release, the guitars have grown increasingly quiet, the harmonies more apparent. They peaked creatively from 1995 to 2000 with three perfect albums – Songs from Northern Britain, Grand Prix and Howdy!. Since then, their output has slowed down, with members …

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A Song From My Childhood: ‘Saturday Night’

This entry is part 28 of 28 in the series 30 days, 30 songs

I can trace my love of pop music back to a few songs from 1976: “December 1963 (Oh What a Night)” by the Four Seasons; “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart” by Elton John and Kiki Dee; “Dancing Queen” by ABBA; and “Saturday Night” by the Bay City Rollers. “Saturday Night” was close to bubble gum …

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A Guilty Song: ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’

This entry is part 27 of 28 in the series 30 days, 30 songs

I’ve already mentioned USA for Africa’s “We Are the World” as a song that makes me laugh. Its self-indulgent lyrics, celebrating America’s ability to change the world (“We’re America!”), is a far cry from the song that started it all, the stark, challenging Christmas ballad from Britain’s all-star cast, Band Aid, “Do They Know It’s …

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