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Released: Nov. 19, 1991

Rating: 4.375 (average of 8 ratings)

Genre: alternative rock/ Britpop

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. The Concept
  2. Satan
  3. December
  4. What You Do to Me
  5. I Don’t Know
  6. Star Sign
  7. Metal Baby
  8. Pet Rock
  9. Sidewinder
  10. Alcoholiday
  11. Guiding Star
  12. Is This Music?

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated --


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 137
peak on U.K. album chart 22

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Star Sign (8/24/91) #44 UK, #4 MR
  • The Concept (11/2/91) #51 UK, #12 MR
  • What You Do to Me (2/8/92) #31 UK, #19 MR

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Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Spin magazine – album of the year

Teenage Fanclub
“The gold standard of the early-‘90s power pop revival, in its own way Bandwagoneque was as much a benchmark as contemporary records like Nevermind and Loveless; though not the generational rallying cry of the former nor the revolutionary sonic breakthrough of the latter, Teenage Fanclub’s sophomore album nevertheless heralded the return of melody and craft, coupled with energy and spirit – hallmarks of much of the greatest rock & roll of the past, and virtues as rare as hen’s teeth in the years immediately prior to the disc’s release.” JA

“Crotchety critics complained that this Glaswegian quartet” BH with “its incandescent harmonies, lazily immediate songs, and crunching guitars,” JA “sounded too close to cult Memphis band Big Star for their own or anyone else's good, but Bandwagonesque proved that unapologetic homage can sometimes work.” BHBandwagonesque is in every way a product of its own time.” JA

“The thick, grungy sound of the Fannies’ debut A Catholic Education remains intact for gems like What You Do to Me (arguably the most brilliantly simpleminded love song ever penned) and the instrumental Satan.” JA

“The Fanclub’s mesh of yearning, ethereal melody and cranked, feed-backing guitars came together superbly on The Concept, Metal Baby, and the thrashing Star Sign – mini-blizzards of mellifluousness that yoked Alex Chilton to Crazy Horse and the Ramones.” BH

“The lyrics of other standout moments like [the aforementioned] ‘Star Sign’ and Alcoholiday reflect a laissez faire irony and unassuming genius even more emblematic of the moment in question.” JA “Dismiss ‘Alcholiday’ as ‘record collection rock’ if you must: it doesn’t make the track any less sublime.” BH

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Last updated March 16, 2010.