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18.00EUR

UNDERTONES, THE - The Undertones

SRK 6071

Sello: Sire

LP

The Undertones were a punk rock band that actually started before the first wave of punk rock and quickly found their calling after hearing bands like the Ramones and Sex Pistols. They were from Ireland and were together from roughly 1975 – 1983 with their first album being released in 1979. They were a band I was familiar with in name only and never bothered to pick up records from due largely to the fact that I was so focused on North American punk in my teenage years that aside from a small handful of bands, I mostly ignored overseas punk bands.  As a result of this narrow focus (and narrow budget) I missed out on a lot of great records and bands back then and The Undertones are a prime example of this.

After releasing a few singles, The Undertones released this self-titled LP on Sire Records in 1979. The music has that distinctive 1st wave UK punk sound that fits in nicely with the Sex Pistols and 999. The songs are fairly short and fast but they are also equally melodic and punchy. You can also definitely hear a bit of a Ramones influence here in the way that their songs are pretty simple songs with good hooks that are played fast. The vocals are a bit on the raspy side which gives the songs that punkier edge that was prevalent for this time period. This album contains 15 tracks and there’s not a bad one in the bunch. This is as strong of a debut as the Damned and Ramones’ first efforts. The Undertones may be most famous for their song, “Teenage Kicks” which John Peel claimed was his favorite song of all time and it is easily the highlight of an already great album.

A1 Family Entertainment

A2 Girls Don't Like It

A3 Male Model

A4 I Gotta Getta

A5 Wrong Way

A6 Jump Boys

A7 Here Comes The Summer

B1 Billy's Third

B2 Jimmy Jimmy

B3 True Confessions

B4 (She's A) Runaround

B5 I Know A Girl

B6 Listening In

B7 Casbah Rock


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