Teenage Fanclub – What You Do To Me ….Power Pop Friday

Power pop was well and alive during the 1990s. I remember this song in the early 90s but I never caught who did it. I heard it on our local alternate channel Lightning 100.

This band was from Scotland and they formed in Bellshill near Glasgow in 1989. They were influenced by Big Star, Badfinger, and the Byrds. They signed to the indie label Creation Records in Britain.

This song was off of their 3rd album Bandwagonesque and it was released in 1991. This was their breakthrough album in the US where it was distributed by Geffen Records. The album was voted album of the year by Spin magazine beating out Nevermind by Nirvana. Some critics called this album Big Star’s 4th because of the influence.

The album had several Top 20 hits on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart, including Star Sign, The Concept, and this song What You Do to Me. They played this song on Saturday Night Live on April 27, 1992.

Singer guitarist Norman Blake wrong this song.

The song peaked at #31 in the UK and #19 on the US Alternate Charts in 1991. The album peaked at #22 in the UK and #137 in the Billboard Album Charts. The album was #1 in the Billboard Heatseeker Album Charts.

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From Wiki: The cover is designed by Sharon Fitzgerald. When Kiss member Gene Simmons, who had trademarked the logo of a moneybag with dollar symbol, was made aware of the record he sent a letter to Geffen Records, who in turn gave in and sent Simmons a cheque, according to Simmons’s book Sex Money Kiss.

The band is still together and has released a total of 11 studio albums.

What You Do To Me

What you do to me…
I know, I can’t believe
There’s something about you
Got me down on my knees.

What you do to me…
I know, I can’t believe
There’s something about you
Got me down on my knees.

What you do to me…
What you do to me…
What you do to me…
What you do to me…

What you do to me…
I know, I can’t believe
There’s something about you
Got me down on my knees.

What you do to me…
I know, I can’t believe
There’s something about you
Got me down on my knees.

What you do to me…
What you do to me…
What you do to me…
What you do to me…

What you do to me…
What you do to me…
What you do to me…
What you do to me…

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

22 thoughts on “Teenage Fanclub – What You Do To Me ….Power Pop Friday”

  1. I definitely thought Beatles / Byrds sound until about the 2:03 mark of the What You Do to Me video. Lol. Also props to Brendan the drummer in that video for his fur lined coat and his drum kit that says “Brendan the Drummer.” Lol. I guess he figured if he ever quit or got kicked out of a band, his bass drum would still be immediately usable with his next group instead of being stuck with a bass drum that had a former band name on it. Very smart.

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    1. I noticed that “Brendan the Drummer”….that is genius! The fur lined coat also was a keeper.

      Yes they turned into a normal 90s band at that mark at the end.

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  2. wow, this is interesting. I have seen their name a lot but don’t think I ever heard them and I must admit I somehow thought they were just a “boy band” – N Sync Lite or something. this song has turned me around and make me wonder what else they did… and why Toronto radio never seemed to notice them at all.

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    1. They had a song off of this album called Star Sign that got a lot of play back then.
      I heard this before but didn’t know much about them back then. Yea their name would make you think that.

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  3. Great pick (again). I have a lot of time for these guys – proper brilliant. Great song from a great album (I don’t think they have a bad one!).

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      1. They’re a great band. Incredibly consistent, too. Grand Prix and Thirteen are my go-tos, though Songs from Northern Britain is quite brilliant, too.

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    1. They are good and that name probably didn’t help their cause. Dave said he thought they were a boy band because of the name.

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