Music & Nightlife
Once upon a time, before making precious, soft-spoken albums about love and mortality, members of the Scottish band Teenage Fanclub cranked up the electric guitars and roared as loudly as their peers in Nirvana and the Pixies. And they still do - on stage. Norman Blake, the band's longtime frontman, recently fixed up the blue Gibson Heritage Series Firebird guitar he used on the band's classic 1991 album "Bandwagonesque" and plans to bring it on tour. "Live, we notch up a little, you know?" he says, by phone from his home near Toronto. "We still perform those songs, of course, and we haven't changed those arrangements. ... The old songs are ingrained - you don't have to think about them."