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The Undertones Brief Biography


The Undertones are a rock band who have attained legendary status over the years, primarily due to another legend, the well-loved and influential DJ, John Peel, listing their moving and rousing 'Teenage Kicks' as his favourite ever song.

A band from Derry/Londonderry in Northern Ireland, The Undertones were formed in 1975, just before punk rock exploded. The original line-up of the group was: Feargal Sharkey (lead vocals); John O'Neill (guitar); Damian O'Neill (guitar, keyboards, vocals); Michael Bradley (bass, vocals); Billy Doherty (drums). The O'Neil brothers and Bradley provided the songs.

They are a band who, though quite successful, were never superstars, and it's probably that fact, combined with their catchy, earnest, but innocent songs, and Feargal Sharkey's emotional voice, which endeared The Undertones to so many people. Most bands get a verbal kicking by critics at some point, but The Undertones seem to have escaped that.

- Paul Rance/

The Undertones CDs available from - in association with

The Best of the Undertones The Best of the Undertones
Sanctuary TV (Audio CD) - September 1, 2003
Teenage Kicks - The Best of the Undertones [CD + DVD] [LIMITED EDITION] Teenage Kicks - The Best of the Undertones [CD + DVD] [LIMITED EDITION]
Sanctuary TV (Audio CD) - September 1, 2003

The Undertones Discography

Teenage Kicks (1978)
Get Over You (1979)
Jimmy Jimmy (1979)
Here Comes The Summer (1979)
You've Got My Number (Why Don't You Use It?) (1979)
My Perfect Cousin (1980)
Wednesday Week (1980)
It's Going To Happen! (1981)
Julie Ocean (1981)
Teenage Kicks (1983) - re-issue

The Undertones (1979)
Hypnotised (1980)
Positive Touch (1981)
The Sin Of Pride (1983)
The Peel Sessions Album (1989)
Get What You Need (2003)

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