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“Standing here watching this perfect jukebox band you are reminded by just how many great songs The Undertones have, every riff, every vocal line, every moment drips in pop perfection and the thrill of two entwining guitars that cram so much melody and adrenaline into the music that their music sounds eternally joyous, is part of the heart of soul of their greatness.” – Louder Than War
The Undertones, the legendary first wave Irish punks who earned seven top 40 UK singles and three top 20 UK albums between 1978 and 1981 and whose debut 7” Teenage Kicks was influential English DJ John Peel’s favourite single of ALL time will make their Australian debut this July.
Formed whilst teenagers in Derry, Ireland in 1975 and taking shape mid-76 following a diet of the Ramones, Nuggets-style garage bands and the emerging UK punk scene, The Undertones – much like the Buzzcocks – churned out two minute punk / pop classics about girls, petty jealousies, spotty neuroses and chocolate including Teenage Kicks, My Perfect Cousin, Get Over You. You’ve Got My Number, Here Comes The Summer, Jimmy Jimmy and loads more over four brilliant albums before disbanding in 1983.
“The fact that you could sing along to them whilst mashing up the pit and have your heart strings tugged by the band shows just how perfect they were.” – The Quietus
Following the break-up, the members of The Undertones would go onto varying degrees of success (That Petrol Emotion, solo careers) before reforming in 1999; new singer Paul McLoone joining original members – guitarist and chief-songwriter John O’Neil, his brother Damian (guitar), bassist Michael Bradley and drummer Billy Doherty – headlining shows across the UK and Europe, appearing at the Glastonbury Festival in 2005, releasing two new albums – Get What You Need (2003) and Dig Yourself Deep (2007) – plus Teenage Kicks (A Best Of) and a top 30 chart hit on release in 2003.
On their 35th anniversary tour The Undertones delivered precisely what was expected of them – urgent, no messing about, two-and-a-half-minute stabs of jumpy punk pop. Bang. – The Clash
“As a live proposition the band are arguably on the best form of their career, helped by a pristine sound that pushed the guitars to the fore. The set crackled with energy and the band played with passion and joy. Paul McLoone has totally claimed his place behind the mic, he nailed every tune and spent the whole gig enjoying the music as much as the crowd” – Culture
In 2016 Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine / Primal Scream remixed The Undertones 1979 single Get Over You as a stand alone 7” release. Why? Why not! 2016 also saw the release of Teenage Kicks – My Life As An Undertone by bassist – and current BBC radio producer – Michael Bradley.
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