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The Undertones

The Undertones

1979

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The Undertones

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1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die day 18 and boy, its going to be a long ride if I can manage to stick this out. I’m nowhere near triple digits, and this project is both rewarding and intimidating, equally. As a self described “Music Nerd”, I’m starting to realize that I’m more nerd and less knowledgeable. If you asked me to guess how many of these 1001 albums that I would know before buying this damn book, I’d confidently guess at least sixty percent. What a fool I was 18 days ago. Todays selection is the debut and self titled album from a Punk Rock slash Pop group called the Undertones. This is a great album to put on while you have a shower beer or two. It is fast paced, it’s uplifting, and the simple lyrics about girls and doing hood rat shit with your friends is enough to set the mood. Honestly though, Undertones debut album is largely forgettable. I can’t really explain it, I love these songs when they’re playing, but as soon as they’re over, I barely remember them. Bands like The Ramones sound very similar and are from the same era, yet had more lasting impressions with their compositions. I’m sure many bands took note of this band and built their craft on top of The Undertones established foundation in music, like, say, Green Day or maybe even Soundgarden. I appreciate this album, it is fun and youthful, it sounds great, it just didn’t leave a lasting impression on me. I’m sure it left enough of a lasting impression on other artists to follow their lead. Please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and memories!

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Listening to this album made me imagine my Dad careering around the streets of suburbia in his Vauxhall Viva modified with twin carbs; me in the back seat barely secured to the hot, faux leather vinyl that passed as a bench seat, him with his brown Aviators, 'tash, flared trousers and mop of hair blowing in the wind. Then I remembered he was more into Meat Loaf at the time and the daydream was shattered. Although lyrically, teenage kicks is still relevant today and the album as a whole was not unenjoyable if a little repetitive towards the end, I think this will end up forgotton, like a rusting car with Teenage Kicks as the singular component rescued and remembered in a museum of classics.

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Ok, I consider myself a bit of a New Wave/Punk aficionado and I knew NOTHING about this group. Never heard of them. BLOWN. AWAY. This is what I love about this list. This. So obsessed.

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I was running late for my eldest daughter's parents evening a few years ago and didn't have time to change, so was wearing football shorts. As her geography teacher was talking some shit about how well she was doing, I felt a twinge in my stomach. I knew I was in trouble, but tried to stay composed. I'm sat there like "yeah, yeah, she knows all the capital cities of europe because of her years of child trafficking." We all laughed...but then, just as I was standing up to leave, my explosive diahorrea kicked in and launched a splurge of hearty brown liquid, splashing it all across a map of Africa. We all laughed. The Undertones were on in the car on the way home.

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Sometimes the lyrics are a little problematic but overall I really like the album. High energy, I like the backup vocals being quite present, good performance, no lazy band members, singer is decent. Quantity over quality is a little issue, with most of the music being pretty simplistic, but does a great job as punk rock music. Does have a bit of variety but they mostly stick to fast-paced jams. Want to see their later stuff as apparently they change their style up.

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very enjoyable. norn iron doing a good.

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John Peel's wet dream. I could only just about muster a semi.

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Feargal Sharkey has such a great voice, and a great name for a rock star. The lyrics make you ask "Wow how young are these guys?" The songs are kind of throw-away, yet more complex and melodic that the 2-minute ditties we've received by American hardcore bans, with a few hit worthy like Teenage Kicks and Jimmy Jimmy.

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So-called pop punk was a necessary tweak to keep punk going. You can only make angry, face spitting music for so long. The mid 70s recession had gone and by 1979 Thatcher was Prime Minister and the weary Sex Pistols fans stopped hitting the streets to burn shit and started to pop pills instead. The time was right for pop punk! This sub-genre of punk is probably the one I know best. A lot of my favourite bands like The Police, The Jam, The Pretenders, Joe Jackson were part of this and were getting traction in 1979. The Clash had been around for the angry years but they were getting more traction than ever as they embraced pop punk. I like the Undertones and the genre but the bands I note above will get the 4s and 5s. The Undertones are a few floors below.

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Meh, I guess you had to have been there.

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Old Skool Punk Rock

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5

Such a distinct yet immediately recognizable guitar sound. That vocally warble is great. Love this

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i'm smarter than you

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One of my all time favorites

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Clásico emocional.

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I Gotta Getta – perfect bass drum. Rhythmically offset lyrics – first song is a gem. For 1979 wow.

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Очень бодрый альбом и современно звучит! Легко могу представить его в саундтреке Тони Хоука, хотя он, вероятно, там уже есть. Очень классные песни, сразу хочется и танцевать и подпевать. И тут есть тинейдж кикс!!!

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Never heard of this band before. Catchy… really fun! Favorite track: Get Over You. But I enjoyed the whole album. This sounds more modern to me than 1979. Lots of little musical surprises scattered throughout. Love the lead singer’s vocals. Definitely adding this to my library!

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Classic, crisp and snappy punk tunes with witty lyrics. A perfect example of intelligent melodic punk

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5

awesome!!

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5

great album, don't think there was a song I didn't like really

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https://static.wikia.nocookie.net/hodges/images/4/44/3281150-teenage_knix.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20190810144317

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Initial thought: how many songs?! Good job The Undertones are ace... and many of them are short anyhow. Great fun rattling through this lot, it flew by. I love it.

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5

Great great album

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5

Exactly what I want from early punk

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5

Very cool old-school punk album. Sounds a lot like the first Clash album.

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5

Honestly one of the best discoveries I’ve had going through these albums. This is absolutely my shit.

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5

What a great album. This is what rock and roll is all about. Young talented kids playing with an energy and joy that is absolutely infectious. 5 🌟

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Interesting fresh sound.

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5

Yeah, this one’s special.

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5

This is one of the reasons I come to this site! An amazing band I’ve never heard of, becoming something I want to listen to repeatedly

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5

Let's go baby. The drums on Family Entertainment is the big hook. A collection of grooving, uptempo old school Brit punk.

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It was fun

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5

But of a wild album. Sounds like if the Dead Kennedy's made an album in the style of Rocky Horror Picture Show. And I've got absolutely no complaints. Big thumbs up from this guy.

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Just a solid little album.

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4

Last 3 tracks easily the best. Boss lyrics for days. Not my usual thing but enjoyable enough to listen to again. 7/10

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Didn’t finish the album yet, but I liked what I heard😎

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Good Irish punk

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Catchy short tunes. Leaves you wanting more. Enjoyed this album

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Some great simple, melodic pop punk tunes.

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Heerlijke authentieke punk

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I like a few of the songs they feel very soundtrack walking to the pub lol but some of them are annoying

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Really fun! Gotta love Mars Bars

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THIS IS SO GOOD

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Solid early punk

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Never heard of this album or band previously. This is pretty great.

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More brit rock, hell yeah. Enjoyed the stranglers more, but these guys are clearly Alt. Rock of my youth, just transported to the early 80s

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I liked the stripped down sound, driving drums

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nice hip punk shit

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Mucho rock y de repente, parece que todo suena igual, pero hay una que otra que me parecen muy buenas. Mucha energía y sirve también para trabajar si te concentras con música así. Me gustaron "Here Comes the Summer", "True Confessions (Keyboard Version)", "One Way Love" y "Top Twenty". No sé decirlo bien, pero de repente el sonido es "adolescente", más bien en el sentido de que muchas de las banditas rockeras posteriores parecen sonar parecido o lo que se usa para soundtracks. 8/10

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I'm torn, because the highlights are simply great, but there's a fair bit of material that just churns away. When it works well, Sharkey's odd, bleating voice and the frequent use of repetition is electrifying - 'Here Comes The Summer' being the prime example - but songs fall flat when it misses. Also - I'm not a teenager in the late 1970s, to whom this no doubt sounded fresh and exciting, a marriage of punk spikiness and pop sweetness, but here in 2021 it doesn't quite pack the wallop. Still, there's considerable craft and some nimble songwriting on display here, so a solid four stars from me.

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Hey ! Hey ! Hey ! Power-röhrender Sound eines Ford Mustang, dazu diese verzweifelt flirrend-brechende Stimme und „Teenage Kicks“ sollte verdammt nochmal jeder einmal im Leben aufs mixtape bekommen, alright!? Yeah 3.7

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Upbringing sunny post punk effort with great melodies

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Was v tempted to give a 5. Very consistent considering the number of tracks

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Lo repetiré, no hacía falta tantos discos de punk en esta lista, pero bueno... Estuvo chido, pero nada memorable. aunque tiene más variedad que otros de punk que hemos escuchado aquí. Me gustaron Get over you y One Way Love.

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Enjoyed this- "over you" being my favourite. The Vaccines doing a good job of keeping this sound relevant today

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You can feel that 70s vibe. Really enjoyed it, but again long.

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she's a runaround

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Great early pop punk. Fun and simple

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Весело, но однообразно

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Enjoyed this a lot more than I thought! I usually don’t dig the original punk bands so much, this was a great album!

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Excellent

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This is a good one to bring up the mood from work too. The recording quality doesn't seem quite as good as Ash - 1977, but it is also two decades older. Probably still going to give this a 4.

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So viele Songs, hier muss ich noch mal zurück kehren. Gefällt mir soweit aber gut.

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The precursor to my beloved pop punk! I’m a sucker for this sort of thing and found this to be an incredibly enjoyable listen that I had on repeat all day.

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-Nice, solid classic rock-esque album -I liked it, although nothing stood out -probably go back and relisten to most tracks

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Straight ahead punk

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Simple and cool as fuck.

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Urgent

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dopeness

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It's funny. I wasn't too excited about the other album from The Undertones but this album was a good solid rocker from start to finish. I can imagine that these guys were a real hit live.

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Gotta say I liked their second album better. This one is still fun and energetic, and they know how to hook you to start an album (Family Entertainment is a great/catchy opening track and Girls Don't Like it is similar at #2). But it was a bit more uneven and didn't always keep ahold of me. I know their style and this whole genre is often juvenile, but some songs I thought "really, you wrote about that?" (case in point, Mars Bars...and I love Mars bars). The main guitar riff in Teenage Kicks sounds oh so familiar - like they ripped off Anarchy in the UK or God Save the Queen. Or maybe some song after them that I know ripped them off? Still a good tune, but left me wondering. Might be rating them a bit high because of how much I liked their sophomore release.

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Can’t dismiss The Undertones as just another punk rock group. I gave it a good listen and heard influences from the styles of the 50’s through the 70’s and yet their sound is original. I especially liked the guitar on Teenage Kicks. They push so hard on Jump Boys that the drummer can’t keep up with the fills! Solid album.

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So much of this sounds like Delay. I hear a little Against Me! in here at times as well. I like this a lot. Very melodic punk. Proto pop punk even.

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Struggle with Feargal Sharkey's voice but it's energetic punky

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Pop-punk. No está mal.

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Fun stuff

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Very fun album. Definitely a pleasant listen.

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Sounds like a basic rock record, good tho

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not bad

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Great album. Love the band.

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grande scoperta, punk poppettoso con pezzi da due minuti l'uno, godereccio

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It's a great album! Fun to listen to and catchy tunes... Loved the guitar and harmonies!

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I am have nothing to say

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A band I had never heard of with a really solid album. If you had told me it came out 3 years ago, I'd have believed you. Definitely didn't sound like it came out in 1979.

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High energy with some rock-a-billy undertones. Hah, undertones... that wasn't intended but it fits. Digging this album.

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Listened before? N This is my first known exposure to The Undertones. This was a nice surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Pros: Rocking, Peppy, Punk-ish. Referred to as pop-punk by Wikipedia, I pretty much agree. It's not modern-style pop-punk, but it is pop-punk nonetheless. You can hear the influence of The Ramones all over this record. Anyway, all of this is good news for me. I really liked this album. Cons: Repetitive lyrics (it's old-school punk, so this is expected), a couple of songs just didn't do it for me. Added to Library? Y Songs added to playlist: Teenage Kicks, Get Over You

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Punky, kinda fun and upbeat

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One of the earliest pop-punk records, and it goes hard! The hooks are catchy with lots of energy, while still staying true to it's punk roots. Much less far removed than later pop-punk records, but all music evolves in some way. With all the songs on here, some of them don't stand too well, but the general tone of the record supports the lesser songs by keeping things moving.

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4

Fun upbeat energetic punk. Early punk Rock feel. I'd go back to this. 4/5

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4

After all these years, the tones on that album sound super fresh, a fun album from start to finish!

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Groovy

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This is a new band for me. Although not usually my style, The Undertones have produced a fairly decent album. It is an upbeat, simple and enjoyable album. With so many songs on the album, however, towards the end, they become a bit muddled and you kind of forget that they are separate songs. A good album but sadly I feel a forgettable one too.

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Unexpected but enjoyable. Raw, fresh, naive, 50s pop combined with new wave. Sound like a bunch of lads who have just got their instruments and having a blast. Simple direct songs. No over production going on here. Cover art 1/5

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4

Yeah! Punk music! Hell yeah!

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Good. Should revisit this one. Not sure how I missed this until now.

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4

Decent tunes and fun times

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important northern irish album

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Wow!! Great candy pop punk!! Reminds me of the Ramones but more joyfull and "Beatlesque". Will indefinitely stay in my playlist!

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4

16 tracks? I don’t want the deluxe version, I thought. But wait! This is the original version! This will take ages to listen to. But wait again! The album clocks in at a concise 35 minutes! Now that’s an album that breaks down the door, pushes you about for a bit and then gets the hell out of there! Punky, prickly, full of teenage hormones (Teenage Kicks a perfect pop song?), high energy, a really enjoyable album.

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4

Enjoyable early popunk

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Of course I know the hits but first time listening to an album. I love punk but generally not the classic stuff. This is better than average though and reminds me of The Dead Kennedys.

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4

this stuck out to me. enjoyed many of the songs.

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a mix between punk and rock with a clear irish sound it doesn't seem to bore

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Solid pink, amazing vocals

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So many short and fun songs. It is hard to choose my favourite songs out of so many songs. But it’s a great album, fun to listen to with the strange and funny lyrics. Favourite songs: - Teenage kicks - Get over you - Here comes the summer

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Pop-punk för boomers, bra

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We already had one Undertones album, two is probably unnecessary. But Teenage Kicks and Jimmy Jimmy are undeniably perfect. Enjoyed this way more than expected. Fergal Sharkey's voice is a bit marmite and I'm on the wrong side of that divide, but there's no denying the infectious energy. Interestingly and unusually for rock music, I think almost every song is in 2/4 time. In any event, all the same beat, and all the song lyrics are variations on either "it's not fair, he's got more than me" or "it's not fair, she doesn't love me" but nevertheless I still loved it. Avoided this sort of stuff like the plague in the 70s (along with all punk/new wave) but happy to discover I was wrong.

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4

Pretty good album, never heard it before but enjoyed a lot of the songs, Teenage Kicks being the standout track.

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I'm now 166 albums in to the 1001 journey, and one thing I've learned so far is that my liking for punk is much stronger than I'd expected. This is partly because songs like the fourteen on The Undertones' debut lend themselves to a "one-album-a-day" listening experience. Every song on "The Undertones" is bright, snappy, short and on the nose. They wear everything on their sleeves and don't need repeated listens to realise any hidden meanings or memorise subtle melodies. The whole album is done in less than half an hour in a sugar-rush of adolescent adrenaline. So it's easy to dismiss The Undertones' efforts here as throwaway, but there's great songcraft at work here. The guitar riffs in "I Gotta Getta" and "Family Entertainment" haven't dated at all in the forty-five subsequent years of alt-guitar rock, "Here Comes the Summer" and "Jimmy Jimmy" bounce by with such irrepressible energy, "Girls Don't Like It" and "I Know a Girl" boast instantly familiar melodies. Even "Casbah Rock", in 47 seconds, lodges itself in the listener's head and leaves a lasting impression as a closer. It's unmistakeably Ramones-esque in delivery and pace, but no complaints from me. Sometimes three chords are all you need, and The Undertones even have a bit of an edge with Feargal Sharkey's supple vocals, reaching towards a tenor range in the likes of "Billy's Third." Lighthearted, sure. Disposable, if you insist. But it's hard to argue with an album where nothing can be seen to outstay its welcome and every track gets the pulse racing.

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Nearly peerless in its influence on post punk bedroom heroes. It is not without it's flaws but damn me if Teenage Kicks isn't one of the best pop songs of all time. This album makes me want to crush up a couple of dexies and wash them down with the cheapest vodka I can find.

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De estas ondas que nos han tocado de punk/alterno/pop es de lo que más me ha gustado. Conocía Teenage Kicks en cover, y ahora me gusta la original.

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Enthusiasm. Attitude. What an energetic listen! 3.5

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Doesn’t take itself seriously which makes it a fun listen

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ok

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3

Classic English punk

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3

Good pop punk album. I could see it being pretty influential.

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A really fun, fast paced race through some of their songs, this Undertones album reminded me of Titus andronicus and the likes. A feel of early 2000s garage bands that focus mostly on thrashy, punk rock, I really enjoyed this album and what it brought to the table. Plus, everyone is Irish, so that rules

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3

meh

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easy to listen to punk i like it

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it was fine. music I like genre wise. would maybe relisten to a few tracks

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3

More my kind of thing. Nice to hear something other than Teenage Kicks, but can see why that became the big hit. That had a full lyric. The rest of the album was eight lines spread across 16 tracks.

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I've about had my fill of the UK punkish rock foundations. I can recognize this as objectively good (for what it is) though it does suffer from the now tired refrain of monotony of tone.

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I don't know about the lyrics, but I've enjoyed it

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British Rock. Not completely my taste but definitely uplifting and fun to listen to. Maybe listen again on a road trip.

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3

It's not bad, but I prefer other styles of music.

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Liked not loved

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Pretty good stuff. Wasn't really familiar with them before other than the song Teenage Kicks. Good basic punk rock. 3 stars.

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Solid pop punk. Teenage Kicks is a classic. 6/10

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3 ближе к 2 однообразно но вполне весело

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Sounds like pretty standard whiny pop punk rock to me. A couple of interesting sounds here and there, but it's probably more historically important than it is fun to listen to.

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Correct.

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Punk rock. Bastante interesante.

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Punk rock standard music, had some bangers but nothing out of the ordinary within the genre

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tres bon son guitares solides musique trop agressive pour un gars qui veut la paix dans le monde

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An easy 3. No weak tracks but no massive standouts either. Teenage Kicks not on the album proper

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3/5

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Catchy punk pop. Bouncy and fun. What's not to like?

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Ik vond deze plaat van The Undertones een stuk beter te pruimen dan de vorige. Al begint het wel een beetje een 'dichtgenaaide' lijst te worden: in 3 maanden tijd al zo'n beetje alles van Crosby, Stills Nash & Young, Bowie, en nu ook al meerdere albums van the Undertones.

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The Offspring's pioneering grandfather. kind of like a 3.5, most of the songs didn't stick with me but it was a pleasant enough time.

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If it is good enough for John Peel, it is good enough for me.

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Enjoyable enough. Seems to capture certain place and time. Sounds like early The Jam to me.

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Solid punk rock album. A lot of it blended together for me, but this genre usually has that effect on me.

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Punk is not dead but it still hasn't learned how to play the guitar

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3.7 fun punk pop fronm the 70s. IMO underrated irish punk band

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So obviously 'Teenage Kicks' is an absolute banger of a song and 'Top Twenty' is pretty great too. I'd never seen a regular studio album with 26 songs on it before so fair play to The Undertones for that I suppose (even thought most are 2 seconds long)! 'Here Comes The Summer' is a pretty good tune as well. Generally, this album is littered with pretty decent little tunes but quantity over quality does ring true here I think. I'm not sure why they felt the need to put 26 tracks on one album but I'm not complaining too much as I think songs like 'Mars Bars' are pretty hilarious. Seems like The Libertines may have taken some influence from these punk rockers too so we can certainly thank The Undertones for that. Decent album. 'One Way Love' gets an honourable mention too as I've got a but of a soft spot for that one.

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3

Nothing special really

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Short album. Short songs. I enjoyed it and it didn't wear out it's welcome.

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Quite the energetic set of tracks! Had not heard this band or album before (although I seem to recall the name Feargul Sharkey from something in the 80s, but can't recall what), and it's fun. Very much in that punk-leading-into-new-wave sound, and it's got some catchy tunes here. I enjoyed this one more than I expected to; really feels like pop (in a good way) but it's more raw.

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Enjoyed it, better then average? Probably like a 3.5 stars

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For the kind of punk this is, it's pretty good. But I just can't really subject myself to punk that lacks any sense of grit or danger (I would even consider the Spiral Scratch EP to be more edgy than this and that's on the weaker end of it). Don't get me wrong, there are some bangers like Wrong Way or the opening track. Definitely not boring punk. I just need my punk to be way more abrasive. I find the lyrics to be pretty vacuous. Almost every fucking song is some kind of love song and ya that's just not my thing done in the traditional sense exemplified here. This might have came out in 79 but there are some things here that I associate with 80's corny white dude music. I dunno, I wasn't around when this album came out so I have no frame of reference. It's definitely not bad. Sorry John Peel.

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All of the songs have the generic 'late-70s pseudo-punk' sound. Like, all of them. Almost exactly the same.

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Excellent album of pop punk.

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I can appreciate that this is pop punk done well, but pop punk's not really my thing. There are some great tracks on here, but a whole album of it wears a bit thin. Fave track - "Teenage Kicks" is an absolute tune. Also really liked "Billy's Third" and "True Confessions"

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decent rock album.

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2nd August 2021 Listened on the living room speaker with jen while we both worked at the kitchen table. Love that it reminds me of good vibrations, teenage kicks obviously amazing but the hour does get a bit samey.

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Liked it. Lots of short, poppy, punk songs. Not much variety, but the songs are great.

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Never heard of them…decent album

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Está simplón, pero con calidá

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Bueno.

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Fun to see some early Irish punk, but not much else stands out or warrants another listen.

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It was an alright album. Nothing really well known.

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Previously listened to the second Undertones album. This is their first album and my reaction is pretty much the same. Fun band, catchy tunes, nothing I'd go out of my way to listen to. Solid 3.

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I enjoyed it, but I just kept thinking to myself “The Clash and The Ramones did it better.” But I always have that hang up with punk rock. There has to be something in it that’s unique. I did not really find it here. Maybe I need to listen to it again, I dunno….

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New band, new music for me. The opening track sounded like it was related to music that I would listen to. A couple of songs I'm not sure about, but we'll give this album an "okay"

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Awesome rock album, some parts I didn't care for but some 5 star songs

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really cool album

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Into it

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This is some nice early pop-punk, really catchy.

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Jossain vaiheessa mietin että onhan pitkä kappale. Se olikin kerinnyt jo pariin kertaan vaihtua joten aika itseään toistava meno. Silti ihan hauska soundi eli ei ihan huonokaan ollut. 2,5*

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Uusi, varsin positiivinen tuttavuus. Teenage Kicks oli toki tuttu hittibiisi, mutta levy oli muutenkin oikein tasapainoisen letkeä kokonaisuus. Soundit ovat raikkaan kuuloiset ottaen huomioon että levy on tehty jo vuonna 1979. Miinuksena ehkä biisien liiallinen samankaltaisuus. Myös 56 minuutin pituus on hieman liikaa tämäntyyliselle musiikille.

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Perusjytkeelle peruskolmonen. Aika pitkä levy tällaista genreä. Teenage Kicks on tietty levyn hittibiisi, mutta ei sillä vielä ihan kuuhun mennä!

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Good. Didn't blow me away.

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Pretty solid. Commercial punk is fun.

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Early punk rock

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Not much variety from song to song but I appreciate their youthful exuberance. I hear a few of these songs fairly often when my husband's choosing the music --- Family Entertainment, Here Comes the Summer, Get Over You (which I guess wasn't on the original LP and was a bonus track on the digital stream I found) --- but most of these were new to me. Really liked Billy's Third, Male Model, and I Know a Girl. It's not a style of music that I feel the need to seek out but I don't hate it.

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It was fun! Good rock n roll.

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Pretty decent batch of punk tunes, with a real Buzzcocks sensibility. Clearly these guys know how to play their instruments well, which sets them apart from other bands in the genre.

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Probably would have preferred an earlier album than a best of collection

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Plenty of honest tenured tracks, with a certain simplicity.

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3.8 - Others have commented on this album’s youthfulness and that’s exactly what I’m hearing. Youthful in a good way, not in an annoying way, like the Shaggs.

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Solid punk basis with pop sensibilities on top. Nothing to write home about (especially some stale non-starters in the back half), but enjoyable rock all around.

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Certainly, there is nothing profound about the Undertones. This is basic punk shorn of rancor and politics. But The Undertone's energy, sincerity, and utter lack of pretension won me over. The way they attack these big dumb hooks and elemental arrangements as though they were brand new and original is endearing. There are plenty of bands whose members are teenagers but here it's painfully obvious and kind of sweet. As to why they are on this list, I can only imagine that it's because the band is influential. Without them, would a band like Blink 182 even exist? Not that the world especially needs punk-pop or anything. How to rate? I mean, The Undertones executes their concept perfectly--the hooks and energy never flag, and the musicianship, while basic, is solid. But surely ambition counts for something? I can't bear to give them more than a 3.5/5, but I'll put this album on my late 70s Spotify station.

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Grand

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Diet Ramones? Poppy. Ignorable. Safe. But not bad.

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It was fine. Nothing special, nothing terrible.

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It's 1979 and punk hasn't died yet. Whereas other groups moved on to post-punk, hardcore, or New Wave, these guys were doing pop music with the very same fun themes that made the Ramones so special. Which makes sense with that similar greyscale cover. It's lofi and raw with a passionate vocalist, to engage both punk fans and the popular audience, but I find a lot of songs to be hit or miss. Some grab your attention while others fade to the background. Opening two songs were decent, picked up in the middle from "Teenage Kicks" but started to lose interest by "Billy's Third." Favorites: Teenage Kicks, Here Comes the Summer, Get Over You, She's a Runaround

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Seems like every couple of weeks I get an album that's supposed to be punk royalty, and I don't think I've been impressed by one of them yet. I thought I liked punk. Maybe I don't. Best track: Billy's Third

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Simple, straightforward but enjoyable punk with almost a 50s vibe of their lyrics.

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Early punk. Nothing stupendous but still fun throughout.

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I work in the water industry, and Feargal Sharkey is a prominent environmental activist in the same sector. I sometimes meet him and have to stay cool and professional, while my brain is shouting "Hump his leg! This is the bloke who wrote Teenage Kicks and My Perfect Cousin!". It's a difficult line to walk. I've only ever known the Undertones as a singles band (like most punk bands I suppose) and had a best of growing up. The album has some great songs on it, but in between those, there are 2 to 3 minute songs which run out of steam after about a minute and just carry on. It still has Here Comes the Summer, Teenage Kicks (which was left off the first pressing!) and Jimmy Jimmy so it's by no means a bad album, but of its half hour run time, only 15 minutes or so is actually essential.

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Another album from these punksters, and another grab bag of some pretty good punk songs. I can't say I needed another album from these guys, but I can't say I didn't enjoy it either. A few songs I'll take away, but not much else. Really wish there was more that sounded like "Casbah Rock," that was like a punk ancient artifact. Favorite tracks: Casbah Rock, Get Over You, Runaround. Album art: Band pic, shaped like a (casbah?) rock? Nothing crazy, but the design is pretty nice. 3/5

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album was fine, but reminded me of a knock off ramones. Songs are short and sweet with some nice grooves but nothing to write home about.

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2022.01.06

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Nice

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Raw youthful punk. Doesn't really stand out though.

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Interesting!

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Good punk sounds.

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I was pleasantly surprised. A band Ive always heard of but for some reason never listened to. Glad I did

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This is some of the more listenable early punk I've heard.

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teenage kicks right through the night

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Good, but unremarkable.

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I dig it

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This was fun! Classic pop punk and far less annoying than the Ramones, this has aged very well. All the songs did blend into one a little bit, and the obvious highlight Teenage Kicks seems to have not actually been on the original tracklist

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This album was a lot of fun, and Teenage Kicks is very catchy. Some of the songs were annoyingly repetitive, but a good time overall.

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Enjoyable and boppy but immediately left my mind when I finished it True Confessions is pretty cool Obviously Teenage Kicks is a classic and absolutely 10/10

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Very much a sound of its times. Got repetitive pretty quickly.

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Some classic tracks and it still sounds youthful and fresh. I liked it more than I'd expected I might. Some of the lyrics haven't aged that well though.

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I like the Undertones but I'm not able to give them a top rating as their music and lyrics are fairly simple.

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Not my style

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Ce style musical est toujours aussi usant mentalement, nous enchaînant la gueule de titres très courts tous similaires les uns aux autres. A la suite de cette grande épreuve psychologique, j'accorde la note de 3/5.

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Ces gars-là réussissent à peu près à se démarquer de leurs collègues punks aux intuitions musicales dégueulasses. Encore un petit effort...

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Not as big a fan as I probably should have been.

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It was a good boppy pop punk album that really showcased the youth of the time. Best: Teenage Kicks Worst: I know a Girl Note: Listened to the 2016 remastered version on Spotify to avoid the anniversary edition.

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upbeat, early punk. More poppy with a touch more 60s garage rock than the Sex Pistols but clearly of the same era. Was obviously familiar with "Teenage Kicks" but didn't know any of the other stuff.

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A lot of songs, the brilliant Teenage Kicks eclipsing them all

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This was fine. Not a mind blowing piece of music or anything.

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Not an overly special new wave type album. A lot of songs with a short run time.

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70’er punkrock/pop, irsk, ligefrem, guitarhooks

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Meh. Punk

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Appreciate the style; not something I'd come back to.

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Laaangweilig. Das Vibrato in dem Gesang von Feargal Sharkey nervt gewaltig. Gerade so 2 Sterne.

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Nah. Another punk album

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Meh, it was ok

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Just punk

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Punk pop

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Pretty average. Production isn't that great, the nasally singing is quite annoying, the instrumentals feel hollow

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As short as this album is there’s such a sameness to so many of these songs. (Especially lyrically; good Christ, if there was a drinking game to the word “girl” you’d be legally dead before side B…) I really liked some of the guitar tones though and can see the appeal to a teenager at the time of release. Unfortunately, every time the singer broke out that goat boy vibrato I just wanted to rip my headphones off and give them to the homeless. Just cannot deal with that. Why did the rest of the band let that slide? Could no one have said, “Hey, you sure you want to sing “Jump Boys” like that? You know you’re going to have to do that every time we play this. Every single time.” Somebody should have stopped him. Anyway, is this pop punk? Genuinely curious to know what the hardcore punkers thought of this band at the time.

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Grupo que recuerda mucho a sex pistols, pero con algún toque de grupos americanos como the offspring, no me ha gustado especialmente no es mi estilo.

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Classic 70s punk music. It's alright. 4/10.

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Album écoutable mais très répétitif. Je n’ai rien trouver de spécial et je me questionne pourquoi il fait parti du top 1001. Je l’évite jump boyzzz tayeule, la voix du chanteur très mince, le drum de hamster Je lévite pas grave chose mais après Sinatra il profite de ça pour avoir un 2

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4.5

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Too much filler not enough Killer. Teengage kicks is obviously a worldy but the rest is pretty average. 2/5

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Nahh

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Niet goed geluisterd... dus geen echt oordeel.

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Ik vind die stem wel lekker, maar Teenage kicks is toch met stip mijn favoriet.

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I really hate punk, so of course I didn't like this one. But for punk it wasn't all too bad. I guess it didn't sound as angry and chaotic as most punk. More pop-punk than punk-rock as well. So anyway, 2 stars is a good rating for a punk album from me.

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Not really for me, although it did grow on me. The lyrics / motifs were short but pretty repetitive, and I'm usually not fond of the fast-drums fast-riffs style of punk rock. Would go to a live show with friends though.

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Its not bad, but again not great, its just a simple London rock band which has nice songs but many of them seem repetitive and mundane,

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Teenage kicks is good the rest is boring

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Before my time, so I missed this era of three chords and 2 minute songs. I'm told it's all about the being there, and the attitude. To me it sounds, like young lads with limited musical skills, having fun, And no more. They seem to have the uncanny ability to write 90 second songs, that outstay their welcome. Pink Floyd it ain't.

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Als twintiger knaap wil je natuurlijk gewoon lekker lawaai maken. Dat konden ze wel aardig. Maar Sex Pistols, The Damned en The Ramones deden dat beter. Vind ik dan.

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Very much a poor mans sex pistols. The Irish were never very good at copying the English. I mean they are ok I guess, but Michael Barrymore was ok and he ended up with dead gays in his pool. I may have a doll hand but I don’t kill the gays in my pool

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Pretty average, nothing out of the ordinary

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most of this album just merged into one song. I didn’t even notice when the next song came on. I like ‘Teenage Kicks’ but that’s pretty much it. the second half had a bit of range but I’m still bored. 2.5

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Yllättävän freesi 70-luvun levyks. Ihan hauska rallattelu, mut ei iskeny kuitenkaan

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rock adolescente rebelde.

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Its easy to see how the undertones influenced white boy music, but eh

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Didn’t really do it for me. All same punk songs. Lots of energy but meh

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Nothing too special here. It seems the importance of this album comes from being a early punk rock album. The album has td moments of angsty lyrics and hard guitar and drum sections. The choruses on a few songs felt a bit annoying and repetitive. The album was short but with 16 songs it felt like rapid change. 4.8/10

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meh

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Not terribly memorable.

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Ive never been a fan of The Undertones.

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#notmypoppunk

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fun but wayyy too repetitive

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Mostly it sounds like a not so good, poppier version of early The Clash.

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Anodino. Solo destaca Teenage Kicks.

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I can hear their influences in a lot of the later New Wave bands. The songs are easy enough to listen to, but nothing that will stay me.

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Kolejny albumik Undertonesow, tym razem debiutancki material, ktory duzo nie zmienia mojego zdania o tworczosci zespolu, bo obie plyty sa tak do siebie podobne, ze gdyby wrzucone na jednego epka, to pewnie ciezko byloby je odroznic,

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Enjoyable early punk rock record without a whole lot to say. Seemed derivative, but I'm no expert. The single was catchy.

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This is nice proto-pop-punk, pretty accessible to the masses with decent energy and catchy melodies. These guys remind me of a blend of the Buzzcocks and the Ramones. Lead singer Feargal Sharkey went on to do more commercial material with the Assembly and Yazoo. Google "Never Never" by The Assembly if you want to hear how far he strayed from his punk roots. But the Undertones straddles the angry sound of the Sex Pistols and the more accessible pop punk that was yet to come.

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I can see why this is on this list. The vocals feel very 70s rock, as do a lot of the instruments, but there are pockets of the chaos that comes with 80s rock. I won't listen to this album again and it's not my cup of tea, but I respect it.

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Intolerably boring. Obviously, I'm not the biggest fan of punk. I've heard more unpleasant noises, but never such boring noise. By the second half of the album, I couldn't even get through most of the songs. The Ramones at least had the decency to impart enough "oomph" that you'd have something to listen to, love it or hate it.

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Jag ville verkligen inte tycka om detta. Och för det mesta hade jag rätt (såklart, för jag känner mig själv efter 26 år på denna planet). Men ibland, när jag zoonade ut och fokuserade på annat, insåg jag att. ja. det är ändå lite bra.

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Uninspiring (and eclipsed by better performers in the genre)

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Ekkert leiðinleg þannig, en myndi sennilega aldrei setja hana á fóninn ef ég gæti valið

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Hressandi. En Teenage Kicks alveg langbesta lagið með yfirburðum.

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I mean, okay. It's fine. Solid punk album. One of (too) many solid punk albums on this list.

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I didn’t care for it, maybe I’ll give it another try but... not for me.

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Neeee, niet nog meer van die oudbollige rammelpunk. Dat trek ik echt niet. Kan hier helemaal niets mee.

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most songs are just the same noise. uninspired. one or two songs with a slightly different beat, tone - not enough to save the album

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It's ok

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Not a fan

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Couldn't get through all of it. Feels like you're listening to the same generic punk rock song over and over again. 26 songs of that... nein danke. 2/10

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Nothing really stood out for me here. Wasn't a single song where I looked up to see what the song title was so I could listen again later.

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The very first song is about incest?! Uh…no.

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Until the lyrics started kinda thought it was Blondi . Nothing too exciting here. Maybe over “there” it was a big deal.

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Did not like

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