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Monday 1 February 2021

Teenage Superstars


We finally got round to watching Teenage Superstars yesterday a week after it had been featured on Sky Arts and very enjoyable it was too.Good to know that Rupert Murdoch is useful for something

A 2017 docu film about the Glasgow music scene from the early 80s  featuring The Pastels, The Vaselines, Primal Scream, BMX Bandits, The Soup Dragons ,The Jesus and Mary Chain and Teenage Fanclub. Narrated by Kim Deal from Pixies and heavily featuring Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth.

I must admit that whereas I was living and socialising in Glasgow most of these acts, with the exception of Teenage Fanclub, passed me by as I was pretty much immersed in Americana at that time.

However thanks to the blogging fraternity has helped me to fill in some of the blanks. The film and box set of Big Gold Dreams helped as well That and the extensive knowledge of the Scottish music scence from Brian.

It's great to see Scott back blogging and this seems to have inspired him to write a couple of excellewnt posts.

A film that I will certainly retain for future reference.

BMX Bandits - Kylie's Got a Crush on Us

The Soup Dragons - Hang-Ten!

The Vaselines - Molly's Lips


  1. We also watched it last weekend and absolutely loved it. Although certainly aware of the bands and their output at the time working in the record shop I just hadn't appreciated their influences and inspirations, even though my tastes were pretty much the same (a lot of sixties psych) Teenage Superstars fleshed it all out beautifully, was very educational and a great showcase for so many lovely outsider characters too. What a brilliant scene you had going on there.
    Of course I know Brian has been lauding this for years - no wonder!

  2. I just discovered Sky Arts had moved to Freeview (Channel 11 folks) myself a couple of weeks ago and have been enjoying quite a few of the shows. Grudging thanks to Rupert.

    As for Teenage Superstar related releases I'd recommend 18 Carat and Palm Tree by Superstar, great timeless songwriting and maybe the most underrated band of the 1990s.


  3. It perfectly captures those years in the Glasgow music scene and all the bands whose influence continues today. Love the Mary Chain interview when Jim tells the interviewer his thoughts on Joy Division.

  4. Loved the documentary, the footage of the 80s, Splash One etc especially.