Teenage Fanclub: The Next Beatles?

In my recent obsession over Teenage Fanclub, I’ve done a lot of examination of their music and career, and I’ve found some eerie similarities between the Scottish band and the four lads from Liverpool. Lots of bands have had the “Next Beatles” thrust upon them – Badfinger, the Raspsberries, Duran Duran, Squeeze, Oasis – but …

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Two different melodies: ‘Near You’, Teenage Fanclub

When I first heard “Near You” by Teenage Fanclub, I was taken with the keyboard melody that graced most of the song. The thing is, for the first few months that I heard this song, I was hearing a different melody than what was being played. Teenage Fanclub had buried the keyboard among guitars, bass …

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‘Sing Street’ – Movie Review

A pleasant surprise greeted me when I came home from work the other day. My wife and my daughter were watching “Sing Street,” a movie about a 15-year-old who starts a band to get the attention of, of course, a girl. The movie, written, directed and produced by John Carney, is both innocent and realistic, …

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