Alt Vets Teenage Fanclub Still Rocking Billboard Charts After 25 Years

Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub
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Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub performs on stage at Magners Summer Nights at Kelvingrove Bandstand on Aug. 15, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

The band's 10th album "Here" debuts on multiple charts, including Top Rock Albums.

Teenage Fanclub first made a Billboard chart in November 1991, and nearly 25 years later, the act is back after a six-year absence from our lists.

The Scottish alt-rockers' new album Here debuts on multiple Billboard charts (dated Oct. 1), including No. 34 on Top Rock Albums and No. 18 on Vinyl Albums. This marks the band's maiden appearance on both tallies, with Here selling 3,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 15, according to Nielsen Music. (Teenage Fanclub might have made a Top Rock Albums chart back in the early '90s -- when they were hot on alternative rock radio -- but the chart did not begin until 2006.)

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It's the rockers' 10th studio album, spanning all the way back to 1990's A Catholic Education. In its early days, the band was championed by its then-DGC Records labelmate Kurt Cobain of Nirvana.

Here also returns Teenage Fanclub to a spot it last managed in 1992: No. 1 on Heatseekers Albums. It's the second No. 1 on a national Billboard chart for the act, which last topped Heatseekers Albums in 1992 with Bandwagonesque (on the March 7, 1992-dated tally).

That same week, the album entered the Billboard 200 and stayed there for the duration of the month, marking the only time Teenage Fanclub has cracked the albums chart. The set went on to sell 144,000 copies in the U.S.

Bandwagonesque also happened to spawn the group's first three Alternative Songs entries, topped by the No. 4 peak (Jan. 18, 1992) of "Star Sign."

The act's fourth -- and so far final -- charting single on Alternative Songs was the 1993 track "Hang On," off Bandwagonesque follow-up Thirteen. It managed a No. 19 peak, while the album itself made it to No. 19 on Heatseekers Albums. Meanwhile, the band's last appearance on any chart, before Here, came with Shadows, which peaked at No. 13 on the Heatseekers Albums chart dated June 26, 2010.


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