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A Catholic Education

  • 1. Everything Flows
    2. Everybody's Fool
    3. Catholic Education
    4. Eternal Light
    5. Heavy Metal
    6. Critical Mass
    7. Too Involved
    8. Don't Need a Drum
    9. Every Picture I Paint
    10. Catholic Education 2
    11. Heavy Metal II
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1

  • Credits
    EngineerTed Blakeway; Rex Sargeant

    Teenage Fanclub: Norman Blake, Gerard Love, Raymond McGinley, Brendan O'Hare, Francis MacDonald.
    Recorded between July and December 1989.
    Teenage Fanclub's first album shares more of a kinship with the sloppy Southern-style guitar rock of Neil Young than the shoegazer bands that emerged in UK in the late-1980s/early-1990s (My Bloody Valentine, Ride). The opening track, "Everything Flows," encapsulates the Teenage Fanclub experience as well as anything the Scottish group has ever written. Over crunchy, jangling guitars and Brendan O'Hare's propulsive drumming, Norman Blake sings an unexpectedly sensitive melody, resulting in music that is as aggressive as it is tender. "Everybody's Fool" is a satirical anthem that attacks those who wear their self-importance like a brash, gaudy badge, while the record's title track finds primary songwriter Blake in a semi-political mode ("You wanna turn your back on everything/You wanna turn your back on everyone"). Instrumentals "Heavy Metal" and "Heavy Metal II" add a splash of edginess, but the Fannies' affinity for gentle melodies is never far away ("Eternal Light" and "Don't Need a Drum"). A CATHOLIC EDUCATION is a rollicking, energetic, and spirited debut from a band that is clearly having the time of its life.

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