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Undertones
The Undertones
are a punk rock/New Wave band formed in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1975. From 1975 to 1983, the Undertones consisted of Feargal Sharkey (vocals), John O'Neill (rhythm guitar, vocals), Damian O'Neill (lead guitar, vocals), Michael Bradley (bass, vocals) and Billy Doherty (drums). Although much of the earlier Undertones material drew influence from punk rock and new wave, the Undertones also incorporated elements of rock, glam rock and post-punk into material released after 1979, before citing soul and Motown as the influence for the material released on their final album. The Undertones released thirteen singles and four studio albums between 1978 and 1983 before Sharkey announced his intention to leave the band in May 1983, citing musical differences as the reason for the break up. The group had been set to reform to play at Peel's 50th birthday party in August 1989, but had to cancel due to a family bereavement. In 1999, the Undertones reformed, replacing lead singer Feargal Sharkey with Paul McLoone.

Links To PeelEdit

John Peel famously plays The Undertones 'Teenage Kicks' twice in a row05:52

John Peel famously plays The Undertones 'Teenage Kicks' twice in a row

Peel plays The Undertones 'Teenage Kicks' twice in a row in 1978

Peel was such a fan of this group, he played their song Teenage Kicks twice in one show in 1978 [1].  He also made a TV documentary in 2001 on the band called The Story Of The Undertones: Teenage Kicks.  Members of the band including Feargal Sharkey attended John Peel's funeral in 2004 and the song Teenage Kicks was played during the ceremony.

Festive Fifty Entries Edit

  • Get Over You (1979, #12; 1980, #17; 1981, # 20; 1982 all-time, #36)
  • Jimmy Jimmy (1979, #31)
  • Oh Please (2003, #22)
  • Teenage Kicks (1978, #10; 1979, #2; 1980, #7; 1981, #6; 1982 all-time, #8; 2000 all-time, #2)
  • Thrill Me (2003, #4)
  • You've Got My Number (1979, #29)

Peelenium Edit

Sessions Edit

1. Recorded 1978-10-01. First broadcast 16 October 1978. Repeated ?

  • Get Over You / Top 20 / She Can Only Say No / Male Model

2. Recorded 1979-01-22. First broadcast 05 February 1979. Repeated 29 August 1979.

  • Listening In / Family Entertainment / Billy's Third / Here Comes The Summer

3. 1979-05-07. First broadcast 11 June 1979. Repeated 26 June 1979.

  • Nine Times Out Of Ten / The Way Girls Talk / Whiz Kids / Top 20

4. Recorded 1980-01-21. First broadcast 23 January 1980. Repeated 11 February 1980 / 10 March 1980.

  • Girls That Don't Talk / Tearproof / What's With Terry? / Rock 'n' Roll

5. Recorded 1980-11-16. First broadcast 09 December 1980. Repeated 01 April 1981

  • The Positive Touch / You're Welcome / When Saturday Comes

6. Recorded 1982-11-08. First broadcast 07 December 1982. Repeated ?

  • Untouchable / The Love Parade / Luxury / The Sin Of Pride

7. Recorded 2003-05-14. First broadcast 14 May 2003. Repeated ?

  • Everything But You / Thrill Me / I Need Your Love The Way It Used To Be / Girl Like You

Featured in shows Edit

(The list below is incomplete. Please add further details if known.)

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1986

1989

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

  • 20 May 1995: Teenage Kicks (7 inch) Sire Records Company (JP: '17 years on and I still get a lump in me throat every time I play that.')

1997

1999

2000

2003

2004

Other

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