The Undertones have revealed that their first two albums, the band’s eponymous debut and ‘Hypnotised’, are being reissued as a vinyl remaster and digital release to mark the 40th anniversary of the band’s formation.
The band will also release a remix of ‘Get Over You’ on 7” vinyl by My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields, which was reworked from the original multi track tape and will be made available on 180g heavyweight red vinyl.
Released in 1979, the band’s self-titled debut album was recorded at Eden Studios, London, and reached No.13 in the UK Albums Chart. It includes the singles ‘Here Comes the Summer’, ‘Jimmy Jimmy’ and the seminal ‘Teenage Kicks’. You can watch the video for that below.
The Undertones’ second album, ‘Hypnotised’, released the following year, was part recorded at Wisseloord Studios in the Netherlands in the Eden Studios. Produced by Roger Bechirian, it reached No.6 in the UK Albums Chart, making it the highest charting album of the band’s career. It includes the singles ‘My Perfect Cousin’ and ‘Wednesday Week’.
In 2013 The Undertones’ bassist Mickey revealed how the band almost never made ‘Teenage Kicks’. He told BBC News that the song was almost scrapped because vocalist Feargal Sharkey wouldn’t commit to the band.
“We were in the middle of a personnel crisis – Feargal wanted to leave,” explained Bradley. “He may have thought the band was going nowhere, or maybe he thought TV aerial installation was the career he wanted, but I was delegated by the rest of the band to talk to him.
“I phoned him, from (band members) John and Damian O’Neill’s house, which was the centre of operations for the band. ‘OK, you’re leaving, but why not wait ’till we make the record?’
“It was never spoken of again. By Feargal, anyway.”
Famously, The Undertones sent the finished version of the song to John Peel, who played it on his BBC Radio 1 show twice in a row because he liked it so much.