Blessed by the guardian angels of pop songcraft, the Glasgow band Teenage Fanclub have churned out 6 albums of immediately infectious melodies since 1989 on indie bastions such as Creation and Matador, as well as majors like Geffen and Sony. Equally blessed is Jad Fair – the international pop ambassador and mastermind behindHalf Japanese-whose toothsome output has found a roost on Alternative Tentacles, the unlikely home of “Words of Wisdom and Hope” the collaboration between the two cherished pop songmeisters.
In 1999, Jad Fair and Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub had a tete-a-tete about joining forces to record an album together. Talk became fact when Jad jetted across the Atlantic to Glasgow where he and Teenage Fanclub cloistered themselves at Riverside Studios and laid down 12 tracks of pure pop delight. “Words of Wisdom and Hope” is the culmination of Jad’s ambassadorship, proving no ocean’s too vast for his desire to concoct the most scrumptious tunes with fellow indie rock legends!