The Undertones - THE UNDERTONES

Formed: Derry, Northern Ireland, UK

The Undertones - THE UNDERTONES

For three years or so the masters of the two-to-three minute pop-punk song, these charming lads from Derry left a legacy of classic singles and three equally strong LPs, each more sophisticated and ambitious than the last but none sacrificing strong hooks. It all went wrong on their final effort, The Sin Of Pride, but even that has its admirers (not me, though).


Lineup 1 (1974 - early 1976):

Feargal Sharkey – lead vocals
John O'Neill – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Michael Bradley – bass
Billy Doherty – drums
Vincent O'Neill – guitar

Recorded: Nothing

Lineup 2 (early 1976 - Summer 1983)

Feargal Sharkey – lead vocals
John O'Neill – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Michael Bradley – bass guitar, keyboards, lead and backing vocals
Billy Doherty – drums
Damian O'Neill – lead guitar, keyboards and backing vocals

Recorded: Everything.

After the band split, Sharkey guested on synth-poppers The Assembly's 'Never Never' single, and then went onto a briefly successful solo career. The O'Neill brothers formed That Petrol Emotion (1984-1994), after which John went in a trip hop direction in Rare. The band reformed with its original lineup, but with Paul McLoone instead of Sharkey.



Subsequent studio albums: Get What You Need (2003), Dig Yourself Deep (2007).

Singles & Albums / Extraneous Releases / Promos / Bootlegs / Videos & DVDs / Various Artists

The Undertones - Teenage KicksTeenage Kicks (7", 1978)

The Undertones - Get Over YouGet Over You (7", 1979)

The Undertones - Jimmy JimmyJimmy Jimmy (7", 1979)

The Undertones - The UndertonesThe Undertones (LP, 1979)

The Undertones - Here Comes The SummerHere Comes The Summer (7", 1979)

The Undertones - You've Got My Number (Why Don't You Use It!) You've Got My Number (Why Don't You Use It!) (7", 1979)

The Undertones - My Perfect CousinMy Perfect Cousin (7", 1980)

The Undertones - HypnotisedHypnotised (LP, 1980)

The Undertones - Wednesday WeekWednesday Week (7", 1980)

The Undertones - It's Going To Happen!It's Going To Happen! (7", 1981)

The Undertones - Positive TouchPositive Touch (LP, 1981)

The Undertones - Julie OceanJulie Ocean (7, 1981)

The Undertones - Beautiful FriendBeautiful Friend (7", 1982)

The Undertones - The Love ParadeThe Love Parade (7"/12", 1982)

The Undertones - Got To Have You BackGot To Have You Back (7"/12", 1983)

The Undertones - The Sin Of PrideThe Sin Of Pride (LP, 1983)

The Undertones - Chain Of LoveChain Of Love (7", 1983)

Extraneous Releases

The Undertones - All Wrapped UpAll Wrapped Up (2xLP, 1983)

The Undertones - My Perfect CousinMy Perfect Cousin / Here Comes The Summer (2x7", 1983)

The Undertones - Save MeSave Me (7"/12", 1986)

The Undertones Featuring Feargal Sharkey - Cher O'Bowlies - The Pick Of The UndertonesCher O'Bowlies - The Pick Of The Undertones (LP/CD, 1986)

The Undertones - The Peel SessionsThe Peel Sessions (12", 1986)

The Undertones - The Peel Sessions AlbumThe Peel Sessions Album (LP/CD, 1989)

The Undertones - The Best Of The Undertones - Teenage KicksThe Best Of The Undertones: Teenage Kicks (CD, 1993)

The Undertones - The Very Best Of The UndertonesThe Very Best Of The Undertones (CD, 1994)

The Undertones - True Confessions (Singles = A's + B's)True Confessions (Singles = A's + B's) (2xCD, 1999)

The Undertones - The Singles Box SetThe Singles Box Set (12xCDS, box set, 2000)

The Undertones - The Best Of The Undertones Teenage KicksThe Best Of The Undertones Teenage Kicks (CD/DC+DVD, 2003)

The Undertones - Listening In: Radio Sessions 1979 - 1982Listening In: Radio Sessions 1979 - 1982 (CD, 2004)

The Undertones - An AnthologyAn Anthology (2xCD, 2008)

The Undertones ‎– Positive Touch / The Sin Of PridePositive Touch/The Sin Of Pride (2xcD, 2009)

The Undertones - Teenage Kicks - The Very Best of The UndertonesTeenage Kicks - The Very Best of The Undertones (CD, 2010)

The Undertones ‎– An Introduction To The UndertonesAn Introduction To The Undertones (CD+DVD, 2013)

The Undertones - The Very Best Of The UndertonesThe Very Best Of (2xCD, 2016)

The Undertones - Hard To Beat: The Masters CollectionHard To Beat: The Masters Collection (2xCD, 2018)

The Undertones - SinglesSingles (13x7", box set, 2018)

The Undertones - West Bank Songs 1978-1983 (A Best Of)West Bank Songs 1978-1983 (A Best Of) (2xLP, 2020)


The Undertones ‎– The Undertones 10" Promo The Undertones (10", 1979)

The Undertones ‎– Hypnotised AppetizerHypnotised Appetizer (12", 1980)

The Undertones / Wreckless Eric ‎– In Concert-232In Concert-232 (LP, split with Wreckless Eric, 1980)

The Undertones - When Saturday ComesWhen Saturday Comes (7", 1981)

The Undertones ‎– BBC College ConcertBBC College Concert (LP, 1983)

The Undertones ‎– On CD At Last On CD At Last (CD, promo version of The Very Best Of The Undertones, 1994)


The Undertones - Live!! Teenage Kicks Live!! Teenage Kicks (LP, 1981)

The Undertones - Live To AirLive To Air (LP, split with Buzzcocks, 1984)

The Undertones -  UnearthedUnearthed (LP, 2003)

Ramones / The Undertones ‎– Punk Rock Slide!Punk Rock Slide! (LP, split with Ramones, 2008)

The Undertones - An Anthology - Previously Unreleased Live & DemosAn Anthology - Previously Unreleased Live & Demos (LP, 2009)

The Undertones - Amsterdam 1980Amsterdam 1980 (CD)


The Undertones ‎– 6 Tracks6 Tracks (VHS, 1984)

The Undertones ‎– The Story Of The Undertones: Teenage KicksThe Story Of The Undertones - Teenage Kicks (DVD, 2004)

Various Artists

The Sire Machine Turns You Up UK LP 1978 (Sire): True Confessions

That Summer! UK LP 1979 (Arista): Teenage Kicks

Sharp Holland LP 1979 (WEA): Jimmy, Jimmy

Rolls Rock Ao Rubro Portugal LP 1980 (Da Nova): Hard Luck / (She's A) Runaround

New New Rock Holland 7" 1980 (WEA): Jimmy Jimmy / Teenage Kicks

Life In The European Theatre UK/US LP 1981 (WEA/Elektra): It's Going To Happen

Pogo A Gogo! UK Tape 1986 (New Musical Express): True Confessions

Good Vibrations: The Punk Singles Collection UK CD 1994 (Anagram): Smarter Than U

The Best Punk Album In The World ... Ever! 2 UK 2xCD 1996 (Circa): My Perfect Cousin

1-2-3-4 Punk & New Wave 1976-1979 UK 5xCD 1999 (Universal): Teenage Kicks

No Thanks! The '70s Punk Rebellion US 4xCD 2003 (Rhino): Teenage Kicks / Get Over You

The Old Grey Whistle Test Live Europe 3xCD 2012 (BBC Worldwide/Rhino): Jimmy Jimmy [Live]



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Irish Punk & New Wave Discography

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