The Undertones (NIR) + Bart and the Brats

Vendredi 15 Mars - 21h00

The Undertones (NIR) + Bart and the Brats



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The Undertones (NIR)

THE UNDERTONES – Part 1 – 1976 – 1983
The Undertones emerged from Derry in 1976, the result of five friends (John O’Neill, Damian O’Neill, Feargal
Sharkey, Billy Doherty and Michael Bradley) learning how to play basic rock and roll.
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 Bradley contributed ‘My Perfect Cousin. They also recorded four highly
acclaimed LPs. Indeed, they almost enjoyed the life of professional musicians. In 1983 Feargal Sharkey left the
band to pursue a solo career and the remaining members decided to call it a day. The Undertones were to
remain silent for the next sixteen years.
THE UNDERTONES – Part 2 – 1999 –
In 1999 The Undertones reconvened, without Feargal Sharkey, to once again perform their two-minute, three
and a half chord songs to a new generation of fans in Derry. Fellow Derryman Paul McLoone replaced Sharkey
on vocals and his vocal prowess and electric onstage presence soon convinced any doubters that he was more
than capable of doing the job.
After much consideration the band released an LP of new songs called `Get What You Need', which was
critically acclaimed by Q magazine, Uncut, Rolling Stone and Hot Press. Songs like ‘Thrill Me’, ‘I Need Your Love
The Way It Used To Be’ and ‘Everything But You' showed that the art of writing short, sharp songs had not
been lost over the previous two decades.
In 2003 ‘Thrill Me’ was released as a limited edition 7” vinyl single and found its way to John Peel’s turntable.
He introduced it on his show commenting, “And these are words I thought I would never be saying on radio
again, a new single from The Undertones”. He liked it so much he played it twice, just as he did with ‘Teenage
Kicks’ in 1978.
The band marked Record Store Day 2013 with a 7” vinyl only release, recorded in the famous Toe Rag studio in
London. A return to their punk roots, 'Much Too Late' sold out the 1,000 copies before the day was out.
In 2016 the Band released vinyl remasters of ther first two LPs; ‘The Undertones – The Undertones’ and ‘The
Undertones – Hypnotised’ along with a 7” vinyl remix of the 1979 single ‘Get Over You’. Remixed by Kevin
Shields (My Bloody Valentine/Primal Scream). Michael Bradley also published his book Teenage Kicks: My Life
As An Undertone’.

2018 marked the 40th Anniversary of the release of their most influental and famous song, ’Teenage Kicks’.
On 21st April for Record Store Day 2018 the band released a Vinyl Singles Box Set containing the 13 x 7”
original Undertones singles from the classic early period: 1978-1983.
Of this release Damian O’Neill says:
“The collective attitude of The Undertones to the magical power and influence of the humble 45rpm 7” single was
always one of total reverence and respect. It really did matter. Back then in our Undertones world, a great single was
even more important than the L.P it helped promote and getting on Top Of The Pops was the ultimate accolade that we
were doing it right. And if you didn’t make it on TOTP’s, then there was always the next single.
Listening again to these 13 A and B sides, I hear a great pop group who
tried their best to be true to themselves and ultimately didn’t disappoint.”
2024 will see The Undertones roaring back with an extensive UK and European tour to promote the
release of their very first LIVE ALBUM….hard to believe that the band has never released a live
recording. The album will include selected live tracks performed by post 1999 line up with Paul
McLoone on vocals. Release date is planned for Spring 2024
For further info contact Barry Stewart at

“Highlights are almost too numerous to mention. There’s obviously ‘Teenage Kicks’
(dedicated by Michael Bradley “to the bride and groom”); ‘Jimmy Jimmy’, ‘Get Over You’,
‘Here Comes The Summer’, ‘True Confessions’, ‘More Songs About Chocolate And Girls’
(with drummer Billy Doherty all over his kit); not forgetting ‘My Perfect Cousin’. Quite
frankly, The Undertones are probably the most fun you can have at a festival (or probably
anywhere else) with your clothes on. If you don’t have an Undertones album, well there
really is no excuse”….
„ Teenage Kicks “: Isle of Wight Festival 2017
„ You’ve Got My Number “ – Live in Berlin 2016:
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Bart & the Brats

BART AND THE BRATS – Punk Rock (La Rochelle)
Retour à la base : ça frappe, ça cogne, c’est efficace, sans fioritures mais élégant ! Ça lorgne vers 1977 avec un soupçon de garage. Avec des membres de Janitors, Teenage Hearts, The Pneumonias, entre autres…

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