Song of the Day #3,917: ‘I Don’t Know’ – Teenage Fanclub

These Decades weeks usually turn up a couple of artists I feel like I should like, whether or not that ends up happening.

For 1991, the lucky winner is Teenage Fanclub, the Scottish alternative pop act that released its breakthrough third album, titled Bandwagonesque, that year. Influenced by bands like The Beatles, The Byrds and Big Star, Teenage Fanclub paid as much attention to melody as the grunge guitar sound of the time.

Spin magazine famously named Bandwagonesque the best of the year when everybody else in the world was crowning Nirvana’s Nevermind. All the ingredients are there for this to be a major find for me.

After a couple of listens, though, I’m intrigued but not won over. The melodies on this album aren’t quite strong enough to cut through the muddled instrumentation. Maybe one of their later albums (they have 11 total) would be more up my alley.

[Verse 1]
I fell down
Got back up when no one was around
I want you
I want you to tell me what you found
I’ve been down
Lower than you think I’ve been
I don’t know
I don’t know if I know what I mean

[Chorus 1]
But I know
Who you are
And I know
Where you’ve been
Yeah I know
But I don’t know, I don’t know
I don’t know if I want you

[Verse 2]
I looked up
I saw you looking down on me
I’ve been here
It isn’t where I want to be
You know
Exactly what you want to do
I don’t know
What you wanted me to be

[Chorus 2]
But I know
(What you know) And I know
(What I like) And I know
(What you want) And I know
(What I want) And I know
But I don’t know
I don’t know, I don’t know
I don’t know if I want you

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,917: ‘I Don’t Know’ – Teenage Fanclub

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Yeah, just not a fan of grunge, even the best of.

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