Teenage Fanclub: “Chords Of Fame” from Thirteen

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About “Chords Of Fame”

“Chords Of Fame” is a hidden song by Teenage Fanclub from their album Thirteen.

The third of six hidden songs on the US edition of Thirteen. Also issued as a B-side to “Radio”, the first single issued from the album.

“Chords of Fame” was written and originally recorded by American folk singer-songwriter Phil Ochs. It was released on his 1976 posthumous compilation album Chords of Fame.

The song is notable for its commentary on the fleeting nature of fame and the struggles faced by artists in the music industry. Ochs, known for his politically charged and socially conscious songs, used “Chords of Fame” to reflect on the challenges of maintaining artistic integrity while navigating the commercial aspects of the music business.

The lyrics speak of artists who compromise their principles for success and the sacrifices made in the pursuit of fame. It’s a poignant and introspective song that remains relevant to both musicians and fans, addressing the enduring tension between art and commerce in the music industry.

About Thirteen

Thirteen is the fourth studio album by Scottish alternative rock band Teenage Fanclub, released in 1993. This album marked a pivotal moment in the band’s career, showcasing their growing maturity as songwriters.

Thirteen is characterized by its jangly guitars, lush harmonies, and introspective lyrics. Tracks like “Hang On” and “Norman 3” exemplify the band’s ability to craft catchy, guitar-driven melodies with heartfelt themes.

While Thirteen didn’t achieve massive commercial success, it garnered critical acclaim and established Teenage Fanclub as an essential part of the 1990s alternative rock scene. The album remains a beloved work for fans of melodic and emotionally resonant rock music.

How to find “Chords Of Fame”

On CD: Go directly to track #16

Listen to “Chords Of Fame”

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