The Undertones

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The Undertones are a punk rock/new wave band formed in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1975.

The original line-up of the Undertones released thirteen singles and four studio albumsThe Undertones (1979), Hypnotised (1980), Positive Touch (1981) and The Sin of Pride (1983) — before disbanding in July 1983.[1]

Music guide Allmusic stated that guitarists John and Damian O'Neill "mated infectious guitar hooks to 1960s garage, 1970s glam rock, and Feargal Sharkey's signature vocal quaver."[1]

The Undertones have since reformed, replacing lead singer Feargal Sharkey with Paul McLoone.


Formation and early gigs

The Undertones formed in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1975, the band members were five friends from Creggan and the Bogside, who originally drew inspiration from such artists as the Beatles, Small Faces and Lindisfarne. The band initially rehearsed cover versions at the home of the guitarists, brothers John and Damian O'Neill, and in the shed of a neighbour. By the following year the group, at this stage still un-named, began playing gigs at minor local venues, including schools, parish halls and scout huts, where the band's lead singer, Feargal Sharkey, was a local scout leader.[2] Sharkey was also responsible for giving the band their first name: at the introduction to a gig at Saint Joseph's Secondary School in Derry on 16 March 1976,[3] Feargal Sharkey was asked the name of the band and quickly replied "The Hot Rods". At a later gig, he called the band "Little Feat": a name already used by another band.

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