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Derry, Ireland (1975 – 1983, 1999 – present)

The Undertones are an Irish punk band formed in Derry, Ireland in 1975. The original band consisted of:

* Feargal Sharkey (lead vocals),
* John O’Neill (guitar),
* Damian O’Neill (guitar, keyboards and vocals),
* Michael Bradley (bass and vocals), and
* Billy Doherty (drums).

John O’Neill was the original main song writer, with his brother Damian and Mickey Bradley writing in various solo & combined variations for most of the remainder.

Sharkey’s power pop tenor was distinctive, and the band regarded a tight ensemble. By 1977 they were performing their own three-chord pop punk material influenced by Nuggets-type material and Ramones, and in 1978 released their debut four-song EP Teenage Kicks on Good Vibrations. It became a hit with support from DJ John Peel, who considered that EP’s title song (Teenage Kicks) his all-time favourite. The song has been covered by many including boyband Busted (at the 2003 Brit Awards), American group The Raconteurs, Swedish band Sahara Hotnights and French band Nouvelle Vague.

The original band released four studio albums:

* The Undertones (1979)
* Hypnotised (1980)
* Positive Touch (1981)
* The Sin of Pride (1983).

Falling sales linked to their changing musical direction and tensions within the band, leading to their split in 1983.


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  • ErlingLindseth


    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine)

    6 Jun 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    Teenage Kicks - одна из определяющих записей в истории рока, по сути это британский ответ на брэтпек, и получилось очень круто. жаль, что остальное в их творчестве не дотягивает, ну да это как раз и естественно.

    8 Mar 2014 Reply
  • larm0

    ай вонна холд хёр вонна холд хёр тайт гет тинэйдж кикс райт тфру зэ найт

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Eat-Me-Drink-Me

    ай вонна холд хёр вонна холд хёр тайт гет тинэйдж кикс райт тфру зэ найт !!!

    22 Oct 2013 Reply
  • bstjv

    ай вонна холд хёр вонна холд хёр тайт гет тинэйдж кикс райт тфру зэ найт

    19 Sep 2013 Reply
  • wretched-one

    "I don't wanna get over you, it doesn't matter what you do"

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
  • venividivicious

    Pretty much everything they did up to (and including) 1980 is golden.

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Costelongue

    You've got my number :)

    21 Apr 2013 Reply
  • SilentPoet82

    The Irish Rock League is waiting for your votes to decide the next winners!

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • RosayFanboy

    I'm so glad I discovered the Undertones about a year ago. They are one of the all-time best of the Pop-Punk genre, up there and possibly better than the Buzzcocks.

    27 Dec 2012 Reply
  • alin1

    v From Northern Ireland.

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
  • IHateRussians

    They're from Northen Ireland, or from the Republic of Ireland?

    4 Dec 2012 Reply
  • mai_neim_iz_OZN

    i like the last 2 albums, they give a good vibe:)

    16 Nov 2012 Reply
  • rustco

    Check out "Thursdays Friend" LastFm page. Cool band from Adelaide Australia. Free downloads of Grunge/Punk/Metal. Peace!

    24 Oct 2012 Reply
  • flashbleu

    Vocals don't remind me of Joe Strummer. Strummer was a typical punk shouter like a hundred others; Sharkey was unique.

    8 Sep 2012 Reply
  • simontogo

    True, true, true, true, true confessions!

    5 Sep 2012 Reply
  • WarriorJones

    A bit derivative of the other bands of the time (Ramones, Buzzcocks, vocals remind me a little of Joe Strummer, too), but good!

    1 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Helijn

    I did listen to some other songs than Teenage Kicks. But it was nothing like it.

    17 Jun 2012 Reply
  • ShakeMePretty

    I need excitement oh I need it bad ♥

    16 May 2012 Reply
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