Undertones Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, September 9, 2003
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No band ever captured the innocent side of punk rock--the first generation, that is--as well as this Irish combo. Fueled by adolescent desire more than political angst, frontman Feargal Sharkey quavered and quailed about "Teenage Kicks" (to name but one of the album's multiple classics) while his bandmates pounded out incessantly pogo-friendly riffs that valued fun over fearsomeness. Each three-minute blast--from the starry "Here Comes the Summer" to the "yeah, whatever" self-deprecation of "Girls Don't Like It"--carries a depth charge of power beneath its frothy surface, a formula that would later be revived by Green Day. Sharkey went on to record more subdued solo material, while several of his bandmates formed the angular post-punk band That Petrol Emotion. --David Sprague
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Because The Undertones inherently understood that "Teenage Kicks" and its never distant parallel of teenage pain never fade from the scope of human existence, but momentary anger of and rage at the times usually does. Well, then again, maybe they didn't at the time. But this music still means more today than most of, say, Stiff Little Fingers or Gang of Four's library. And let's face it, there was only one Clash. Seeing as most of The Undertones were under 18 at the time of their first album, "The Undertones" subject matter of "She's a Run Around" probably weighed in heavier on their lives than "Julie's In The Drug Squad."
It's that kind of joyous carousing that keeps "The Undertones" from ever once sounding like less than a rock and roll epiphany. My only real quibble is the cover art (I miss the colorful high angle shot; the drab picture used here siphons off the fun feeling of the album I originally owned). Along with the first three Ramones albums, The Undertones' first two albums are a cheering jolt of electricity from a period when you could still pick up a guitar and feel like you could say whatever was on your mind. Even if the priority topic was "Let's Talk About Girls."
The whole album shines and this reissue includes 10 bonus tracks that are as good as anything on the original release. This is THE disc to introduce you to this fine band. If you were around at the beginning of the Punk/New Wave tandem, you NEED this CD! While all of my High-School friends were cruising to the sounds of REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Ted Nugent (Now I'm dating myself), a small group of us were expanding our musical pallets and discovering groups like The Undertones (Punk hit Middle-America a little later then the rest of the U.S.). I will take this over 'Cat Scratch Fever' any day!
Feargal Sharkey's vocals may not be everyone's cup of tea. I enjoyed his work with The Undertones, but thought his voice wasn't up to the material of his solo efforts. Other members of The Undertones went on to form yet another underrated band, THAT PETROL EMOTION. They put out a few fine albums of loud, Post-Punk fury. But it all started with this, their debut album, and I assure you, it sounds just as good as it did in 1979, and that's not just nostalgia talking. But it's never too late to discover good music and if you care about fun, high-energy Rock and Roll, do yourself a favor and check this out!
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