THE UNDERTONES – BEAUTIFUL FRIEND

THE UNDERTONES – “Beautiful Friend” / “Life’s Too Easy” (Ardeck ARDS 10) February 1982 – Delicate-sounding but tough underneath; a pleasure to listen to, but unlikely to set the charts alight. “Julie Ocean” didn’t, after all, and that was a stronger (in fact, a classic) song

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THE UNDERTONES TALK TO SMASH HITS

If this is Tuesday, it must be Blackburn. Dressing rooms look the same everywhere. Basement or attic, broom cupboard or spacious suite, they may try but they never manage to look clean. The Wolverhampton Civic Hall on a Monday night is no exception.

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THE UNDERTONES – HERE COMES THE SUMMER

The Undertones ‘Here Comes The Summer’ – I thought “Male Model” would have been a better single but this distinctive little pop gem will be a deserved hit anyway

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THE UNDERTONES – JIMMY JIMMY

The Undertones ‘Jimmy Jimmy’ – Yet another brilliant tune from Londonderry’s Undertones.

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RADIO, LIVE TRANSMISSION #13

Radio, Live Transmission #13 – What an weekend I’ve just had for wasting my money! And this song came into my head because buying a replacement iPad cable is anything but fucking easy.

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THE UNDERTONES – GET OVER YOU

The Undertones ‘Get Over You’ – Exhilarating punk number and follow-up to the acclaimed debut disc by The Undertones. It’s one of those sing-a-long broken romance songs and lyrically a throw back to the mid sixties Beat Era and especially the USA teen garage anthems where every kid on the Estate was a spotty loser in love.

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THE UNDERTONES – TEENAGE KICKS

“Teenage Kicks” is arguably the greatest teen punk number of the 1970s. Not many people on Earth, unless you’re one of those urbane square types would fail to recognize the sheer power, adolescent frustration, two chord wonderment and anthemic joy of this greatness spinning on their turntable in 1978

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