Frank Black and Teenage Fanclub
In early 1994, at the beginning of Frank Black's post-Pixies solo
career, he was invited to do a session for John Peel. In the absence
of his regular backing band, Frank called on casual acquaintances
Teenage Fanclub to back him up for the recording; which of course they
hastily agreed to do. The lineup looked like:
The resulting tracks were released on BBC Worldwide as Frank
Black & Teenage Fanclub: The Peel Sessions. The record has a
fantastic informal atmosphere to it. Frank's signature vocal
style is half-complemented, half-mimicked by the Fannies'
yelling, accents much in evidence. The musical balance, as suggested by
the lineup, is strongly biased toward vocals and guitar, and it's obvious
in every way exactly how much fun everyone was having.
Tracks on the E.P. are:
Handyman: an Otis Blackwell cover.
The Man Who Was Too Loud: a tribute to Jonathan Richman.
The Jacques Tati: Unsurprisingly, a song about the French cinema pioneer,
Jacques Tati. Much background hollering from the Fannies.
Sister Isabel: a Del Shannon cover, or should that be corruption?
Never thought I'd feel inclined to rock out to a Del Shannon song, but
this proved me wrong.