Teenage Kicks (2:28)

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“Teenage Kicks” is the debut single by Irish punk rock/new wave band The Undertones. Written in the summer of 1977 by the band’s principal songwriter, John O’Neill, the song was recorded on 16 June 1978 and initially released that September upon independent Belfast record label Good Vibrations, before the band—at the time unobligated to any record label—signed to Sire Records on 2 October 1978. Sire Records subsequently obtained all copyrights to the material released upon the Teenage Kicks EP and the song was re-released as a standard vinyl single upon Sire’s own label on 14 October that year, reaching number 31 in the UK Singles Chart.

The single was not included upon the original May 1979 release of the band’s debut album The Undertones; however, the October 1979 re-release of this debut album included both “Teenage Kicks” and the Undertones’ second single, “Get Over You”.

Influential BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel is known to have opined “Teenage Kicks” to be his all-time favourite song from 1978 until his death in 2004.

“Teenage Kicks” was acoustically covered by Snow Patrol in tribute to John Peel, and was played at his funeral. Bands that have performed this song also include Razorlight, Ash, Skunk Anansie, The Pink Spiders, Busted, Groovie Ghoulies, Sahara Hotnights, The Saw Doctors, Therapy?, Buzzcocks, Nouvelle Vague, Green Day, Boom Boom Kid, Thee Headcoatees, Franz Ferdinand, Supergrass, The Young Fresh Fellows, Snow Patrol, KT Tunstall, The Coral, The Raconteurs, Violent Delight, Criminal Mischief, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Beatsteaks, Seabear, Maroon, Every Dirty Street and Pelucas Rosas.
The riff for “Teenage Kicks” is almost identical to the riff for “Some Kinda Hate” by The Misfits. Both songs were recorded in the same year, 1978.

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