Influenced by The Ramones, T Rex, The Velvet Underground and American garage bands The Undertones emerged from the Punk Rock movement in 1976 with their mix of buzzsaw guitars, bittersweet love songs and teenage angst.
Their first single ‘Teenage Kicks’ was released by Terri Hooley on his Good Vibrations label and was famously played twice in a row on the John Peel show on radio one and continues to be played and covered by many other bands. Their other hits include ‘My Perfect Cousin’ and ‘Here Come the Summer’.
When the band split lead singer Fergal Sharkey went on to have solo success and collaborated with Madness among others. His bet know hit would be ‘A good Heart’ which went to number one in the UK. John O’Neill then formed the critically acclaimed ‘That Petrol Emotion’ with Raymond Gorman, John’s brother Damian also joined at a later stage. The Undertones reformed in 1999 with Paul McCloone on vocals. Their songs have stood the test of time and they continue to tour, now celebrating 40 years since ‘Teenage Kicks was released.
You can keep track of all their up and coming concerts at www.theundertones.com