Monday, 27 May 2019

"And now for something completely different..." (part 2)

The first wave of British Punks had shit twisted like that lass from It Follows: they thought Tony Parsons was a good writer, they preferred The Clash's Janie Jones to The Damned's Neat Neat Neat, they dismissed Generation X as posers when Dancing With Myself turned out to be an apex of the genre, and they didn't give The Undertones' True Confessions its proper due.

The Undertones - True Confessions
(From Teenage Kicks EP; 1978)

If True Confessions ain't better than Teenage Kicks then it's the Undertones song where Feargal Sharkey really gets to let rip with his trademark vocal-quiver. Son could pull that shit off live too as he proved when they performed it on the Old Grey Whistle Test in full samurai guitar craic mode.

Bonus beats: much like The Buzzcocks, The Undertones didn't even bother putting their best songs on their albums. 4th single is a top 3 Undertones song and peak O.G pop-Punk.

The Undertones - You've Got My Number (Why Don't You Use It?)
(From You've Got My Number (Why Don't You Use It?) single; 1979)

Impressively, Feargal seemed to have a different turtleneck for every TV appearance. Even more impressively, he looked like an Irish choirboy and a Scottish grandfather at the SAME DAMN TIME!


Anonymous said...

David O'Leary's favourite band.

Claudia Manwinkle said...

FUCK SOULJA BOY FEARGAL SHARKEY IS DA REAL HIP HOP. Undertones deep cuts be coming with those Bobby Shmurda 2.0 slaps.

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

The Undertones' Emergency Cases was the original 911 Is A Joke.

D said...

This blogs been going off in the name of my father lately between this n the spiral video, waiting on an Ash appreciation post.

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Foster & Allen deep cuts post comin' soon.