Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Thirty years of Teenage Kicks

I am listening to "TEENAGE KICKS" and some other songs by THE UNDERTONES today, celebrating 30 years since the release of their spectacular debut E.P.
The "Teenage Kicks" extended play was originally released on the Good Vibrations label in the band's home, NORTHERN IRELAND.
The Derry band's debut was released on Sire Records about a month later, following constant plays on John Peel's BBC Radio Show.
Songwriter and guitarist JOHN O'NEILL once downplayed his role in the song's enduring appeal:
"I always think that even though I am credited as the person who wrote 'Teenage Kicks,' it's the actual sound of that record that makes it, the actual song's not particularly great, it's the actual sound that makes it brilliant."
I happen to think "Teenage Kicks" is particularly great itself, actually.


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