The Undertones (northern irish punk rock band)

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The Undertones are a punk rock/new wave band formed in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1974. 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). 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 upon 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.

Despite the political climate in which the band had lived, the vast majority (though not all) of the material the band released focused not upon the Troubles, but upon issues such as adolescence, teenage angst and heartbreak. The merging of instruments has led AllMusic to state that guitarists John and Damian O'Neill "mated infectious guitar hooks to 1960s garage, 1970s glam rock, and Feargal Sharkey's signature vocal quaver."

In 1999, the Undertones reformed, replacing lead singer Feargal Sharkey with Paul McLoone.

The Undertones remain the most successful band to have emerged from Derry, and one of the most successful bands to have emerged from Northern Ireland.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1979 The Undertones 12
1980 Hypnotised 5
1981 Positive Touch 4
1983 The Sin of Pride 4
2003 Get What You Need 2
2007 Dig Yourself Deep 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1983 All Wrapped Up 1
1986 Cher o’ Bowlies 2
1993 Teenage Kicks: The Best of the Undertones 1
1994 The Very Best of The Undertones 1
1999 True Confessions: Singles = A’s + B’s 1
2003 Teenage Kicks: The Best of the Undertones 1
2008 An Anthology 2
2009 Positive Touch / The Sin of Pride 1
2010 Teenage Kicks: The Very Best of The Undertones 1
2013 An Introduction to the Undertones 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1989 The Peel Sessions 1
2004 Listening In: Radio Sessions 1978–1982 2


Year Title RatingReleases
1979 Get Over You 2
1979 Jimmy Jimmy 1
1979 Here Comes the Summer 1
1979 You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It!) 1
1980 My Perfect Cousin 1
1980 Wednesday Week 1
1981 It’s Going to Happen! 1
1981 Julie Ocean 1
1982 Beautiful Friend 1
1982 The Love Parade 1
1983 Got to Have You Back 2
1983 Chain of Love 1
1983 Teenage Kicks 5 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1978 Teenage Kicks 5 3
1979 Teenage Kicks / Get Over You / Jimmy Jimmy / Here Comes the Summer 1

EP + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1986 The Peel Sessions (1979-01-21) 2

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