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The Undertones - 2024 Reissue

    The Undertones formed in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1975 and released their debut album ‘The Undertones’ in 1979 which peaked at #13 in the UK Charts.
    John and Damian O'Neill partnered infectious guitar hooks to '60s garage, '70s glam rock, with Feargal Sharkey's signature vocal quaver. Those qualities came together on their breakout hit "Teenage Kicks," whose simplicity harked back to '60s ideals of when the song was king.

    This classic debut record infuses so much unabashed joy in two-minute three-chord pop songs, and there's little pretension in their unapologetically teenage worldview, that even the darker hints of life in songs like the suicide-themed "Jimmy Jimmy" are delivered with a sense of optimism at odds with so many of their contemporaries.


    Side A
    1. Family Entertainment
    2. Girls Don't Like It
    3. Male Model
    4. I Gotta Getta
    5. Teenage Kicks
    6. Wrong Way
    7. Jump Boys
    8. Here Comes The Summer
    Side B
    1. Get Over You
    2. Billy's Third
    3. Jimmy Jimmy
    4. True Confessions
    5. (She's A) Runaround
    6. I Know A Girl
    7. Listening In
    8. Casbah 

    The Undertones

    Positive Touch - 2023 Reissue

      The Undertones formed in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1975 and released their third album ‘Positive Touch’ in 1981 which peaked at #17 in the UK Charts.

      The Undertones' Positive Touch marks the departure from speedy pop-punk of their first two debut albums though the songwriting remains as tight and lively with plenty of hooks that keep you listening.

      The punk-derived energy is almost entirely gone, replaced by a more varied and softer instrumental palette that features new textures like piano (courtesy of Paul Carrack, then in Squeeze) recorders and brass instrumentation.

      Features the lovely "Julie Ocean" which has an undercurrent of anxiety, as well as much faster tracks like the pounding opener "Fascination" and the near-paranoid "His Goodlooking Girlfriend" are downright nerve-wracking.

      This reissue is an exact replica of the embossed original sleeve and has been pressed on white colour vinyl for the first time. 


      Side A
      Julie Ocean
      Life's Too Easy
      Crisis Of Mine
      You're Welcome
      His Goodlooking Girlfriend
      The Positive Touch
      Side B
      When Saturday Comes
      It's Going To Happen
      Sigh And Explode
      I Don't Know
      Hannah Doot
      Boy Wonder
      Forever Paradise

      The Undertones

      The Sin Of Pride - 2023 Reissue

        The Undertones formed in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1975 and released their fourth album ‘The Sin Of Pride’ in 1983 which peaked at #43 in the UK Album Charts.

        The Sin of Pride was by far the most exploratory album the Undertones ever issued. For their fourth album, the band injected more post-punk dance into their growing soul sound and so the album is looser and more focused on mood and groove than their previous titles.

        The record still offers some classic tracks from the Northern Irelanders, including ‘’Got To Have You Back", "Chain of Love" and fan favourite "The Love Parade’’.

        Covers such as Leon Ware's "Got to Have You Back," which opens the LP, and Smokey Robinson's "Save Me," which closes it, are bookends for a moving blend of funky, driving, deeply textured psychedelic soul music that makes pearls of tracks such as "Untouchable".

        This reissue is an exact replica of the original release and has been pressed on plum colour vinyl for the first time. 


        Side A
        Got To Have You Back
        Valentine's Treatment
        Love Before Romance
        Bye Bye Baby Blue
        Side B
        Chain Of Love
        Soul Seven
        The Love Parade
        Save Me
        The Sin Of Pride

        The Undertones

        Hypnotised - 2023 Reissue

          The Undertones formed in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1975 and released their follow up album ‘Hypnotised’ in 1980 which peaked at #6 in the UK Charts.

          The themes on this title follow suit of their debut, focusing on teenage angst, boisterousness, and heartbreak. Though Hypnotised is notably both lyrically and musically more sophisticated than it predecessor.

          The album contains 14 punky pop classics, with a slightly tougher edge than the unfailingly sweet-natured debut. The giddy love rush of the title track is matched by some of Feargal Sharkey's most exuberant vocals, and the snotty "What's with Terry?" and "My Perfect Cousin" are yet more perfect slices of adolescent frustration.

          This reissue is the first time the bands highest charting release has been pressed on red colour vinyl. 


          Side A
          More Songs About Chocolate And Girls
          There Goes Norman
          See That Girl
          Whizz Kids
          Under The Boardwalk
          The Way Girls Talk
          Hard Luck
          Side B
          My Perfect Cousin
          Boys Will Be Boys
          Wednesday Week
          Girls That Don't Talk
          Nine Times Out Of Ten
          What's With Terry

          The Undertones

          The Love Parade (Black Friday 22 Edition)



            New 140g, green vinyl 12" single, using original cover art, with printed metallic text. 40th anniversary of The Undertones 1982 release, taken from their 'Sin Of Pride' album. Features original B-side Like That along with the rare Love Parade and Soul Seven demos, previously unreleased on vinyl.

            The Undertones

            Dig What You Need

              - A 'best-of' collection that focuses on the band's post-reformation catalogue from 2003-2007
              - All music digitally remastered
              - All music appearing on vinyl for the first time
              - All tracks completely remixed by acclaimed producer Paul Tipler.

              Possibly one of the greatest pop-rock bands of all time, Derry's The Undertones have roots that go back 45 years to the 1977 punk explosion when they were beloved and championed by BBC DJ John Peel. Their reputation as recording artists and a brilliant live act has carried them through the recent two decades since they reformed in 1999 with new singer Paul McLoone. "Dig What You Need" collects the best of their two reformation albums, 2003's "Get What You Need" and 2007's "Dig Yourself Deep". Both albums have been digitally remastered and both are being released for the first time on vinyl. In addition, all tracks have been remixed by producer Paul Tipler (Stereolab, Elastica, Idlewild, Placebo, Julian Cope, The House Of Love).

              Since their reformation, the band has toured several times across the UK, Ireland, Continental Europe, Japan, Turkey and North America, with highlights that include Glastonbury and a pre-g ame performance at Celtic Park in Glasgow before a UEFA Cup play-off between Celtic and Arsenal. The band is much loved in all quarters of the British music media, with their debut album being voted into the Q Magazine Top 100 albums of all time.

              TRACK LISTING

              01. Thrill Me
              02. Enough
              03. Here Comes The Rain
              04. She's So Sweet
              05. Fight My Corner
              06. You Can't Say That
              07. We All Talked About You
              08. Oh Please
              09. Dig Yourself Deep
              10. Winter Sun
              11. I Need Your Love The Way It Used To Be
              12. Joyland
              13. I'm Recommending Me

              The Undertones

              West Bank Songs 1978-1983: A Best Of

                The Undertones formed in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1974 and are one of the most successful bands to have emerged from Northern Ireland. Famously championed by John Peel, who’s favourite all-time track was ‘Teenage Kicks’, they released thirteen singles and four studio albums 1978 – 1983, before Sharkey announced his intention to leave in May 1983. The band re-formed in 1999 with singer Paul McLoone, subsequently recorded 2 new albums and have been touring regularly ever since.

                They played Glastonbury Festival in June 2005, recently marked their 40th anniversary, and have just completed a 46 date, 2019 world tour.

                30 career-spanning tracks, 1978-1983, compiled by The Undertones

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