Saturday 29th May 2021
The Undertones emerged from Derry in 1976, Even by the standards of that decade Derry was not the rock and roll capital of anywhere.
With no live bands worth watching, they learned by listening to mail order records, reading one of the few copies of NME that made it to Derry but most of all from listening to John Peel’s wonderful show on BBC Radio One.
Practicing in their bedrooms eventually led to the band recording John O’Neill’s ‘Teenage Kicks’ in 1978 on Terri Hooley’s Good Vibrations label in Belfast.
The legendary DJ John Peel received a copy and liked it so much he played it twice in a row on his radio show.
The Undertones signed with Sire Records and ‘Teenage Kicks’ was re- released, resulting in the band’s first appearance on Top Of The Pops.
Over the next five years, John O Neill, crafted further pop gems such as `Here Comes The Summer`, ‘Jimmy Jimmy`, `You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It)’ and ‘Wednesday Week’ whilst Damian O’Neill and Michael
2019 marks the 40th Anniversary of the release of the their most influential and seminal self titled first album. The Undertones will mark the occasion with tours of the UK,USA and Europe.