“Teenage Kicks” – The Undertones

The so-called Irish Ramones most famous song. Legendary British DJ John Peel called this his all-time favorite song and requested that the opening line of the song engraved on his tombstone when he died. Irresistible power pop with really grungy guitars.

2 thoughts on ““Teenage Kicks” – The Undertones

  1. There’s a lot of good stuff here Mr Strange World. As my job seems to be to make you envious & because a fine documentary on the boys, aired last night, has refreshed some fine memories I’ll reply to this one.
    Working construction in London in the 80s I hooked up with a fine bunch of people from Derry who were friends of & had played in bands with the Undertones. Of course I loved their fine pop-punk records. A meet with John O’Neill, the writer of “Kicks”, was arranged, the guys thought we would get along. I had passed him in the street one very early morning but my hangover was not yet allowing thought, never mind speech.
    We did get along. A combination of good company, good beer & the idea I would not see him again led me to tell him he had written 5 of the best songs I had ever heard. Not the most ideal remark to a modest & unassuming guy. We did become friends. His new band, That Petrol Emotion, were doing well, the gigs were getting bigger & it’s always a buzz to do that guest list nonsense. (Check them out, they are good). John was a man who just did not buy that “musicians are special” thing. After headlining a big benefit for Nicaragua we sat & talked on the stairs to the bar. I thought, man, everybody in this place wants to tell you how great you are. He would have hated that.
    I still, electronically, hang with a member of the Petrols and a couple of the Derry fellers. We share a love of music and memories of honest, good times with good, honest people.

    • That is a great story. It’s always nice to hear when your cultural heroes are decent folks. Thanks for sharing and also reminding of me of That Petrol Emotion. I had a couple of their albums back in the late 1980s/early 1990s, but think they got lost in a move along the way. I remember really liking them a lot. I need to rediscover them soon.

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