Ben Gibbard Will Cover Teenage Fanclub’s ‘Bandwagonesque’
We’ve seen Ryan Adams and the Flaming Lips do it in recent years, and now Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie will be making a song-for-song remake of an album he treasures. Today, he announced that he’ll be tackling Bandwagonesque, Teenage Fanclub’s 1991 major label debut.
“Bandwagonesque is my favorite record by my favorite band of all time,” Gibbard said in a press release. “It came along at a pivotal time in my musical life and I’ve loved it for over 25 years. It’s been such a blast taking these songs apart to see how they work and then putting them back together again.”
Gibbard is doing it for the Sounds Delicious series over at Turntable Kitchen, a Seattle-based subscription service that pairs recipes with indie rock. Sounds Delicious is their latest project, and involves musicians they love re-recording their favorite records on limited-edition vinyl. They also have plans for Jonathan Rado of Foxygen to tackle Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run, and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart will cover Tom Petty’s Full Moon Fever. Turntable Kitchen is accepting pre-orders on their website, with the first installment in the series arriving in January 2017.
With such songs as “The Concept,” “What You Do to Me” and “Alcoholiday,” Bandwagonesque, along with Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend, kicked off the power pop boom of the early ‘90s. It was famously named Spin’s Album of the Year for 1991, besting such groundbreaking efforts as Nevermind by Nirvana and Out of Time by R.E.M.
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