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Album Review

A short sharp compilation of Undertones favorites, The Best of the Undertones starts out in the right place with 1978's era-defining "Teenage Kicks," then serves up 11 further examples of how the Northern Ireland heroes recorded some of the best pop-punk of the '70s and early '80s, including "Get Over You," "My Perfect Cousin," and "Jimmy Jimmy." There's a reason that all but one of their first 12 singles charted in the U.K. (most of them highly), and 11 of those singles are right here.


Formed: November, 1975 in Derry, Northern Ireland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Undertones slam-bang punk-pop drew its strength from one simple fact: you didn't need a secret handshake to enjoy it. John and Damian O'Neill mated infectious guitar hooks to '60s garage, '70s glam rock, and 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. The Undertones formed in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1975. However, they avoided references to their hometown's...
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