It’s been a while since I’ve been this psyched about an interview, actually a set of interviews with the three main songwriters in Teenage Fanclub. My feature piece is up today at Blurt.
“Sometimes you wake up and you want to be Link Wray and other days you wake up and you want to be Burt Bacharach," says Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub.
Blake is one of the band's three songwriters, the one who wrote "The Concept" and "Mellow Doubt," and he was wrestling with a question regarding the essentially cool thing about his more than two decade old band, how they combined some of power pop's prettiest melodies with blisteringly loud guitar distortion. The song in question, the single "Hang On" from 1994, starts in a firestorm of feedbacky soloing, then resolves into a verse that has some of the Byrd's knack for easy, closely harmonized tunefulness.
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