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Metal Baby

A slightly lesser known band from the 90's but no less great is the Scottish group Teenage Fanclub. I didn't really listen to them that much at the time but I have rediscovered them recently and am absolutely loving their 1991 album Bandwagonesque.

There are several great songs on this album but one that made a strong impression on me the first time I heard it back in the 90's is called Metal Baby. I think the main reason for this is their use of the augmented chord. This is a really interesting chord that is used in blues and jazz but not that often in rock and pop. For those interested in the theory, it is a major triad with a raised fifth. The song begins with an A chord and then a punch on an A augmented chord very soon after. The A augmented is also used several times in the verses. A love the sound of it, especially played by distorted guitars. Here is a fingering for it:

This song is super melodic and has some great chord changes. It's a lot of fun to play. Click on the image below to download a PDF of the song's chords and structure.

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