In a typically atypical fashion Teenage Fanclub chose to call their 2002 retrospective collection ‘Four Thousand Seven Hundred And Sixty-Six Seconds’. Greatest Hits wouldn’t have rung true (they haven’t had many) and Best Of would have been a disservice to all the gilded gems they left out. Crafty entrepreneurs that they are Teenage Fanclub tacked on some extra tracks to the collection to attract the hopelessly devoted. In the normal scheme of things this often means one or two shoddy extra numbers, that often feel like afterthoughts or discarded b-sides. In this case, however, the Glaswegians pulled out all the stops and came up with a couple of stone cold classics. ‘Did I Say’ will make you cry, laugh and scratch your neck hairs until they bleed such are the honeyed harmonies and riffs. If you don’t know that Teenage Fanclub are perhaps the most undervalued band on the planet by now then get thee to a record store and buy up their precious back catalogue (start with ‘Grand Prix’). Hitching your carriage to their bandwagoneque will be the best decision you’ll make all year.
Teenage Fanclub – Did I Say
Update: Thanks to Andy Sweet for this rare demo of ‘Did I Say’. And you thought things couldn’t get much better than the original, ignore the missed notes, bathe in the luscious harmonies. KD
Teenage Fanclub – Did I Say (Demo Version)
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