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Encyclopedia > The Undertones
The Undertones
Background information
Origin Derry, Northern Ireland
Genre(s) Punk rock
Pop punk
Power pop
Years active 1975-1983
1999-present
Associated
acts
Feargal Sharkey
That Petrol Emotion
Rare
Website TheUndertones.com
Members
Paul McLoone
Michael Bradley
Damian O'Neill
Billy Doherty
John O'Neill
Former members
Feargal Sharkey
The picture cover of The Undertones' 1979 You've Got My Number (Why Don't You Use It!) single

The Undertones are a Northern Irish rock band formed in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1975. Londonderry redirects here. ... Northern Ireland (Irish: ) is a part of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Pop punk is used for two separate subgenres of punk rock music: the kind typically found on Lookout! Records, which stray very little from the three-chord formula that The Ramones pioneered, as well as a newer subgenre of melodic, more emotional punk, which includes by bands like NOFX and... Power pop is a long-standing musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop music. ... Feargal Sharkey. ... That Petrol Emotion were an Irish based band with an American vocalist (Steve Mack), that had evolved from Derry hitmakers The Undertones. ... Rare were a band in the 1990s from Derry, Northern Ireland. ... Paul McLoone on stage with The Undertones in 2005 Paul McLoone (born in Northern Ireland), is the current singer of Irish pop-punk band The Undertones. ... Michael Mickey Bradley (born 13 August 1959, Derry, Northern Ireland) is the bassist for the pop-punk band The Undertones. ... Damian ONeill (born Stephen Damian ONeill, 15 January 1961, in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is the lead guitarist in the pop-punk band, The Undertones. ... Billy Doherty (b. ... John ONeill (born John Joseph ONeill, 26 August 1957, Derry, Northern Ireland) is the rhythm guitarist in the pop-punk band The Undertones. ... Feargal Sharkey. ... Image File history File links The Undertones - Youve Got My Number (Why Dont You Use It!) Original UK 45 rpm single picture cover This image is the cover of an album or single. ... Image File history File links The Undertones - Youve Got My Number (Why Dont You Use It!) Original UK 45 rpm single picture cover This image is the cover of an album or single. ... Northern Ireland (Irish: ) is a part of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Londonderry redirects here. ... Northern Ireland (Irish: ) is a part of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ...


Singer Sharkey's quavering delivery was distinctive, and made the band instantly recognisable. By 1977 they were performing their own three-chord pop punk material influenced by Nuggets-type material and the Ramones. In 1978 they released their debut four-song EP Teenage Kicks on the Good Vibrations label and it became a hit with support from BBC DJ John Peel, who considered that EP's title song his all-time favourite. The original release came housed in a flimsy paper poster style sleeve; in white, mustard yellow, pink or green. The first pressing had the song titles printed upside down when the poster is opened, later copies correct this but omit 'Undertones' from the poster. Some labels credit The Undertones and some just Undertones. Allegedly 7000 copies were pressed. The song has been covered by many acts, including include Ash, Skunk Anansie, Busted, Groovie Ghoulies, Moral Crux, Sahara Hotnights, The Saw Doctors, Therapy, Nouvelle Vague, Green Day, Franz Ferdinand, The Coral, The Raconteurs, Violent Delight, 4 Promille, The Hard Tomorrows,The Matt Mongra Experience, Fuckin' Faces, Criminal Mischief and The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Pop punk is used for two separate subgenres of punk rock music: the kind typically found on Lookout! Records, which stray very little from the three-chord formula that The Ramones pioneered, as well as a newer subgenre of melodic, more emotional punk, which includes by bands like NOFX and... Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era is a compilation album of garage rock from the mid- to late 1960s, assembled by Jac Holzman, founder of Elektra Records. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Teenage Kicks is a song originally recorded by Northern Ireland new wave group the Undertones. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... “Peel Sessions” redirects here. ...


The band released four studio albums: The Undertones (1979), Hypnotised (1980), Positive Touch (1981) and The Sin Of Pride (1983). Falling sales linked to their changing musical direction and tensions within the band led to their split in 1983. Their compilation album All Wrapped Up features on the cover a woman wrapped in bacon and clear plastic. Another Undertones compilation is the BBC sessions CD Listening In (named after a song on their first album). The band reformed in 1999 to play concerts in Derry, replacing singer Feargal Sharkey with Paul McLoone. The band released an album of original material with McLoone in 2003 titled Get What You Need. The band were the subject of a 2004 documentary "The Undertones: Teenage Kicks", which features the band wandering old their haunts with John Peel and charting their history from fresh faced beginnings through current reformed status. Paul McLoone on stage with The Undertones in 2005 Paul McLoone (born in Northern Ireland), is the current singer of Irish pop-punk band The Undertones. ...

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Members

Current members

Paul McLoone on stage with The Undertones in 2005 Paul McLoone (born in Northern Ireland), is the current singer of Irish pop-punk band The Undertones. ... John ONeill (born John Joseph ONeill, 26 August 1957, Derry, Northern Ireland) is the rhythm guitarist in the pop-punk band The Undertones. ... Damian ONeill (born Stephen Damian ONeill, 15 January 1961, in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is the lead guitarist in the pop-punk band, The Undertones. ... Michael Mickey Bradley (born 13 August 1959, Derry, Northern Ireland) is the bassist for the pop-punk band The Undertones. ... Billy Doherty (b. ...

Former members

Feargal Sharkey. ...

Singles

  • Teenage Kicks (1978) UK #31
  • Get Over You (1979) UK #57
  • Jimmy Jimmy (1979) UK #16
  • Here Comes The Summer (1979) UK #34
  • You've Got My Number (Why Don't You Use It?) (1979) UK #31
  • My Perfect Cousin (1980) UK #9
  • Wednesday Week (1980) UK #11
  • It's Going To Happen! (1981) UK #18
  • Julie Ocean (1981) UK #41
  • The Love Parade (1983) UK #97
  • Got To Have You Back (1983) UK #82
  • Teenage Kicks (1983) - re-issue UK #60
  • My Perfect Cousin - re-issue (1983) UK #88
  • Beautiful Friend
  • Chain Of Love
  • Save Me
  • Thrill Me (2003)

Teenage Kicks is a song originally recorded by Northern Ireland new wave group the Undertones. ...

Albums

  • The Undertones (1979, Chart #13)
  • Hypnotised (1980 Chart #6)
  • Positive Touch (1981 Chart #17)
  • The Sin Of Pride (1983 Chart #43)
  • The Peel Sessions Album (1989)
  • Get What You Need (2003)
  • Listening In: Radio Sessions 1978-1982 [LIVE] (2004)

The Undertones is a 1979 album by The Undertones. ... Hypnotised is a 1980 album by The Undertones. ... Get What You Need is a 2003 studio album by The Undertones. ...

Compilation Albums

  • All Wrapped Up (1985)
  • Cher O'Bowlies - The Pick of the Undertones (1988)
  • The Very Best of The Undertones (1994)
  • True Confessions (Singles = A's & B's) (2000)
  • The Best of The Undertones (Teenage Kicks) (2003)

External links

  • Official Site
  • My Life as an Undertone, a 1997 history written by Michael Bradley
  • History of the band from an unofficial fan site
  • Sold On Song Top 100: Teenage Kicks (No. 51)
  • Teenage Kicks from Salon.com
  • History of Punk in Derry, Northern Ireland.
  • Profile of The Undertones

 
 

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