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Album Review

That Petrol Emotion's scintillating debut reminds everyone, first and foremost, what an incredible musical alliance the O'Neill brothers can be. Following a succession of independent singles (after all, who wanted to touch a couple of ex-Undertones in the mid-'80s?), they settled on Demon for this inspired debut. "It's a Good Thing," "Mouth Crazy," and "Circusville" are typical of the contents — relentless pop hooks married to surging guitar chords, underpinned by hints of swamp blues and nods to garage rock and other mutant strains of the rock & roll animal. As naked, bold, and impassioned a record as had been heard in years. The title says it all.

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Wow.

This album left me absolutely speechless. A Manic Pop Thrill indeed.
Two musical powerhouses, Seattle and Northern Ireland, produced this very talented group of men that became, well, absolutely epic. With Undertonesey guitar hooks and riffs (what else would you expect from John O'Neill?), smooth yet dirty vocals from the American Steve Mack, and lyrics with just the right amount of politics, That Petrol Emotion is exactly what the eighties needed.
If a few songs is all you need, try 'Can't Stop', 'Non-Alignment Pact', and 'Jesus Says' are perfect examples of the Petrols' style (and of why you should buy the entire album instead!).
For sure, for sure and actual, this album is not to be passed up if you have the money for it.

One Of My Two Favorite Albums Of 1986

Bought this album as an import when it was originally released in 1986. I was working part-time at a record store in Huntington Beach, CA and we put this on in the store. I fell in love with the band immediately. Edgy with great guitar riffs, hooks and great vocals by Steve Mack, a dude from Seattle fronting a Northern Irish band. Great stuff. My other favorite of that year was the Throwing Muses' debut album on 4AD. Good stuff.

Biography

Formed: 1984 in Derry, Northern Ireland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

After the Undertones broke up, Sean (formerly known as John) O'Neill and fellow Derry DJ Reámann O'Gormain formed That Petrol Emotion, with Sean's brother and Undertones bandmate Damian O'Neill joining on bass after the band moved to England. While they were more politically oriented and noisier than the Undertones, they managed to keep their former band's energetic, melodic kick. With their first album, Manic Pop Thrill, That Petrol Emotion became critics' favorites, as well as earning a respectable...
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