Inspired by the classic Glasgow label Postcard Records which released bands such as Orange Juice, Aztec Camera and Josef K, Teenage Fanclub crafted indie rock from bubblegum pop hooks and dreamy 1960s melodies. As the C86 scene helped to re-launch jangly, British guitar groups, the lads came together from short-lived former bands Boy Hairdressers and BMX Bandits to earn a contract with Creation Records and release debut album A Catholic Education (1990). Third album Bandwoganesque (1991) stands as the band's finest moment, laying a template for Brit-pop's melodic swagger and being named by Spin Magazine as the album of the year ahead of Nirvana's Nevermind. It didn't bother Kurt Cobain much, who regularly referred to the group as the "best band in the world" and they went on to release two Top 10 albums, Grand Prix (1995) and Songs From Northern Britain (1997), and score a small hit with the single Ain't That Enough. Still going strong, the band released ninth album Shadows in 2010 and have become one of Scotland's most loved cult acts, counting Liam Gallagher, Michael Stipe and Thom Yorke as fans.
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