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Hypnotised

The Undertones

1980

Hypnotised

Album Summary

Hypnotised is a 1980 album released by The Undertones. The album, the second of four released by the band, was recorded at Wisseloord Studios in the Netherlands in December 1979, and at Eden Studios in London in January 1980, with the majority of the songs to appear on the album being written between March and December 1979. In addition, although the primary lyrical concern of the songs upon this album focused upon teenage angst, boisterousness, and heartbreak (as had been the case with their debut album), several of the songs upon Hypnotised are notably both lyrically and musically more sophisticated than material released upon The Undertones.Produced by Roger Bechirian between December 1979 and January 1980, Hypnotised was released on 21 April 1980, reaching number 6 in the UK Albums Charts and making Hypnotised the highest-charting album of their career. The original release of Hypnotised included two singles: "My Perfect Cousin", which was released on 28 March 1980 and reached number 9 in the charts; and "Wednesday Week", released on 5 July 1980 and which charted at number 11 three weeks later.

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Rating

3.06

Votes

3818

Genres

  • New Wave
  • Punk
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5

The vocal tone is killer. I'm digging the bass work. There Goes Norman is a bop! Man, I am having a lot of fun listening to this album.

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5

And this is exactly why I wanted to join this group. Why have I never heard of these guys? And I'm from Canada where we love everything from the UK (apparently). UK music gets plenty of airtime. I've been going through 90's rock recently discovering some of the pioneering UK bands from that era (that are excellent) and I'd put these guys in that mix for 70's-80's punk. Just as good as any Ramones album. Loved it all - and now I've got a band to go listen to more of.

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4

Just a solid punk album. I really enjoyed it. There wasn't much that stood out but it was fun. The lyrics didn't take themselves seriously, the tracks were full of energy, and the production was solid but not polished (which is proper for punk). I liked it.

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4

Hypnotised is dumb pop-punk fun from a band that seems smart enough to see the value in such a thing. The melodies and riffs are catchy, and while it's far from a unique sound (even the vocalist's almost-bleating style reminded me of Roxy Music on occasion), I figured it was from further on in the 80s than it was. I feel like I'm getting an incomplete picture going into it blind given that there appears to be a theme of avoiding a sophomore slump for this second album, but the band feels genuine in their insecurities, making the irony of a track like "More Songs About Chocolate and Girls" come off less smug than it may be coming from another group. Cutting a track or two would probably make for a more enjoyable complete listen, but if I was thumbing through the soundtrack menu of a late-era Tony Hawk game, where this music sounds like it belongs, I wouldn't toggle any of them off. Key Tracks: Here Comes Norman, Under the Boardwalk, Hard Luck

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Die 2. Platte der Undertones in dieser Liste. Leute: die Undertones sind gar nicht mal so gut! 0 Platten der Undertones wäre angebrachter. Kann ich nicht durchhören.

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5

Love this one.

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5

Banger

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5

Big DEVO energy. Good album.

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5

Absolute classic

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5

Love it! Even moreso than their last album we received. Simple pop punk with dumb (but aware) lyrics. Great fun! Top Tracks : “Hypnotised” “Whats With Terry?” “There Goes Norman”

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5

I love punk, by which I mean the 70s' variant, not Green Day and their ilk. In fact, the music I was weaned on was punk; my brother is 15 years older than me, so I got all his old punk LPs in the 90s. Anyway, depite that, I have never liked the song Teenage Kicks; I found it mawkish and overplayed. It still never really appealed even after I realised it was about wanking. Nevertheless, I lsitened to listen without prejudice and I loved it! The Undertones were really a great adolescent band, and this album showed a slight addition of postpunk jerkiness. Above all, this album is fun, unalloyed joy. What else do you want?

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5

Excellent punk album.

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5

Really liked this. Funny songs with good instrumentals.

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5

A great album that reminds me of a better time in music when things were not afraid to be original

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5

The first four Undertones albums are all great (same goes for Skids - not sure if their albums are also on the list but they should). I probably have listened to Hypnotized the most, nonstop catchy pop punk songs.

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5

I love The Undertones' self titled, but I don't return to this one as much. Still, it's a great album. Maybe closer to 4.5, but I always round up and I've had so many bad albums recently.

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4

Really had a fun time listening, but need to revisit to distinguish more songs since the sound was so cohesive it all blended together.

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4

nice upbeat punk album that has lyrically a lot of content to add that might be lacking in other albums in the genre

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4

Had not heard all of these songs. Awesome and fun

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4

Early punk is good punk

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4

good post punk. nothing as catchy as “teenage kicks” tho

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4

fucked rad

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4

false

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4

Pretty good! Kind of weird

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4

nice surprise, many cool and familiar tracks

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4

Fun album. The music was good but the songs all sounded the same. I liked it overall.

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4

Really fun album. Enjoyed the energy and that is was punk that’s only significant quality musically was being loud. Favorite Tracks: “More Songs About Chocolate and Girls” and “See That Girl”

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4

Maybe it’s the crappy music I’ve gotten all week making me biased, but this album IS GREAT. Just some northern Irish blokes having a laugh

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4

Este género rockero sí me gusta, jaja. Ya es como rock con algo de punk y pues el sonido del rock pop. El disco: ligero, fluye, rápido, ritmos ágiles, definitivamente su teenage angst me da para creer que ojalá lo hubiera escuchado justo en la etapa adolescente. No conocía ni sabía de The Undertones. Mis pistas favoritas: "Hypnotised", "Hard Luck", "My Perfect Cousin", "Tearproof" y, en primer lugar, "Wednesday Week", con una forma de arrastrar (?) las vocales que siempre me gusta. 9/10

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4

8/10 Coqueto, audaz y fresco

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Divertido, energético, vibras veraniegas, pero no sé si me atrapa lo suficiente para volver a escucharlo. Lo que sí puedo apreciar y agradecer del disco es que la corta duración de sus canciones hacen del disco más llevadero a pesar de que son 18 pistas. Ancestro de Vampire Weekend y ese tipo de banditas? Track favorito: Hard luck (again) B side porque es como un buen logro del copy paste dejando solo lo chido de la canción original Mood: chillin' an' killin'

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4

Enjoyed this v much

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4

Heerlijk klassieke punk. Hier word ik wel blij van.

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4

Have never heard anything from them before but loved it! A fun easy listen in the early days of the Pop Punk sound. 1) More Songs About Chocolate And Girls 4* 2) Thee Goes Norman 4* 3) Hypnotised 4* 4) See That Girl 3* 5) Whizz Kids 3* 6) Under The Boardwalk 4* 7) The Way Girls Talk 3* 8) Hard Luck 3* 9) My Perfect Cousin 4* 10) Boys Will Be Boys 4* 11) Tearproof 3* 12) Wednesday Week 4* 13) Nine Times Out Of Ten 4* 14) Girls That Don't Talk 4* 15) What's With Terry 4*

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4

Most enjoyable!

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4

Pretty stinkin' great.

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4

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

Fun and spunky album

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4

proto pop punk

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4

Album kind slaps I'll be honest. It gives me hard anemoia vibes. Like I feel really heavy nostalgia for the time period this album evokes. These like 1980's finding love for the first time next to a beach in the sun. It's pretty cool. It doesn't feel dated like most of the other albums I've listened to. At least not in bad cheesy way. But there is definitely some cheese in there.

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4

Good solid punk album. The vocals started to grate on me after a while, though. Standout tracks for me: “There Goes Norman” and “Under The Boardwalk.”

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4

Better light punk than expected - fun album

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4

Yet again, I am my parents child. I really enjoyed this album and have been singing My Perfect Cousin ever since. Very much seems like an influence of T-Rextasy who I would kill to watch at the Empty Bottle again.

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4

Auper

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4

punk rock - quite enjoyable

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4

This was a nice surprise and quite suitable for me as it was not too raw Post-Punk. Still melodic music, singing was also actual singing so this deserves a 4

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4

Great album! Everything I love: punk guitar riffs, simple song structures, catchy choruses, and an overall fun experience.

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4

Fun

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4

This is kind of a weird album. The music is great and well-produced. Their voices are a bit grating, and their lyrics leave a lot to be desired. Overall it's a pretty interesting listen, but it kind of feels like the music is being wasted a bit by not having better vocal accompaniment 4/5, though very far on the low end of 4

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4

This album is 100% fun to borrow from Matthew Sweet. This is pop punk at its best. Fearful Sharkeys voice gives the album a note of whimsy, but the chorus are as tough and ucompriing, 3 75 stars

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4

teenage rock mmmmm very healthy. mmmmmmm youth

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4

Some good tracks

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4

7/19

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4

A bit on the bizarre sounding side, but it's upbeat and fun. Solidly 3.5+, so we'll call it a 4.

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4

Amazing early punk album

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4

Mint!

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4

Tolles Album. Hat mich an die Replacements erinnert. Der Sänger trällert manchmal wie Jello Biafra. Schön!

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4

Snuck in as a four.

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4

This was really fun and a good indicator of what PopPunk should be. A fun little tidbit about this band, they're from Derry, Northern Ireland and were popular during 'The Troubles'. I highly recommend the Netflix series 'Derry Girls' which takes place at the same time and gives a visual to what it was like being young during this period.

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4

Great fun, fast paced, cracking tunes.

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4

Fun; sounds just like the album cover

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4

Very last century

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4

This was a straightforward but fun punk rock album that could grow on me even more with repeated listens.

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4

I like even the weird cover

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4

I wish I had known about this kind of music when I was in high school and it was brand new. Who knows, maybe I would have rejected it because it wasn't the classic rock that I was passionate about, but man I really like it now. I guess I was vaguely aware of bands like the Clash and the Sex Pistols, but punk and post-punk largely escaped my attention. It would have been great to see some of these bands live. In any case, I liked this a lot. I've heard a couple songs by the Undertones, but most of this was new to me. 4 stars.

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4

Good

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4

Great voice and a very enjoyable album!

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4

Hugely enjoyable- Feargal has got some voice!

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4

The Undertones are more of a singles band than an album band, imo. But this album does have one of the classic singles on it. Not just by them, but of all time. My Perfect Cousin and Wednesday Week are excellent examples of punk pop perfection, both in the lyrics and the melody. Great version of ‘Boardwalk’, too. Some of the album is a bit filler, but I love this band, and album, for proving that punk didn’t always have to take itself too seriously.

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4

great beats, fun lyrics, weird cover of under the boardwalk - 4.3

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4

Nice

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4

Super fun. Like a punkier and less mature Squeeze. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Has to be one of the daftest album covers of all time, but I can't help but like that too.

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4

Just good clean fun, with a smart dash of self awareness that isn’t allowed to rise to such a level as to overshadow the intent. A little lightweight, but when it’s so clearly and deteriminedly by design, is that really a minus?

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4

Punk

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4

pretty fun!

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4

If this is punk, it's definitely one of the best I've heard. I had fun listening to it

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4

Good garage rock. Not really punk, none of the anti-establishment content that marks punk out from the rest, and technically too smooth. Feargal Sharkey had a unique voice, that makes them unmistakable.

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4

bangers from beginning to end

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3

Just about every song had a really catchy hook, with solid british rock vocals. About every song had the name of the song as part of their hook. All instrumentals were really solid, and could be listened to by themselves. There are a few songs in there that did not have much in terms of lyrics other than the hook. I liked this album more than I thought I would.

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3

girls!

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3

Definitely a fun album, about as raw as it gets

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3

Didn't listen in full

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3

Good fun

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3

Fun if a little juvenile. Last song was the album save for me.

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3

Peppig, spritzig, toller 80er Jahre Sound!

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3

Standard stuff. Maybe if I was a teenager in 1980 this would be exciting for me, but I’m not so it ain’t.

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3

3.4

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3

Pretty good album. Nice riffs, cool bass. Everything is good but nothing mind blowing 3.5

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3

Fav Song: The Way Girls Talk

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3

light soft rock - good bg music but weak on vocals

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3

Cool. Eighties feel. You could tell the punk scene was just starting

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3

Some cracking tracks, always really good snappy hooks. But quite a lot of filler tracks that sound like a 14 year old wrote them. And what were they thinking with the under the board walk cover...told you so, my perfect cousin, there goes Norman are the standouts

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3

7

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3

Loved his voice!

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3

feisty.

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3

Not bad but I’m not a huge fan of the lead singer. Just preference.

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3

Great album. Didn't know two goofy-ass looking dudes could drop such great music. Excellent, fun rock-n-roll, the way it's meant to be played.

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3

I had to remind myself whether I actually listened to this yesterday, so i guess that says it all. Its not bad, just sort of forgettable.

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3

It's a fine album, but I really don't see why it was included on the list.

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3

I was only able to listen to about half of this, but the stuff I did listen to was a solid fine

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3

1980, Punk Rock, Pop Punk, anders als Pop Punk heute, nicht mehr als eine 3

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3

Energetic. 5/10

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3

Simple punk rock and a little bit of pop album, liked it but nothing special, only the vocals stood out

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3

Pretty fun album, some of the lyrics dethrone tunes from being better

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3

Solid 3.5 album, can sound very samey though

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3

never heard of these dudes before. They sound kind of like pansy division. Fun light hearted punk. Doesn't feel like "before you die" music, but an enjoyable listen.

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3

This album is strange because sometimes it sounds like a bad Beatles imitation and sometimes it remembers me something of green day in their good days. At least, is a curious album

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3

3/5

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Wyspiarskie nowosci z lat 80, i to nawet nie brytyjskie, bo z peryferii polnocnej irlandii, herb Derry to prawdziwy majstersztyk herbownictwa, granie rokowo punkowe lub raczej post punkowe, pierwszy albumik z jajowymi lirykami, moze nie jest to poziom parodii Yankovica, ale mozna autentycznie sie posmiac sluchajac albumika, a to na tej liscie prawdziwa nowosc, o ile punk zazwyczaj kojarzy sie z agresja buntem szybkim lub krotkim zyciem lub niezyciem, a tutaj za pomoca ironii lirycznej wartosci normikowe sa wystawione na przesmiew, zadziwijaco zrozumiale spiewane jak na irlandzkie glosy, co do wokalu to jest on podobny do jednego z beatelsow, strzelam ze mlody Lennon, czesto wystepuja chorki nie tylko spiewane, ale tworzace dzwieki wszelaki, na plejaka wrzucam piosenke o wybitnie utalentyowanym kuzynie, bo kazdy chyba mial takiego, my perfect cousin oraz o niezby atrakcyjnych paniach, czyli whats with terry

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3

This was a good album. Nice to hear punk ditties with accomplished musicians. Well produced and does well to conjure an image of how young lads think. Loses a star for terrible under the boardwalk cover

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3

Fun, zips along at quite a pace....but i probably won't return to it

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3

Like belle and sebastian’s bratty younger brother

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3

No teenage kicks but some fun tunes, especially the first half of the album

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3

Good fun.

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3

It was nice enough but ultimately a little uninteresting. 5/10

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3

This was a decent album but not one I’d really return to all that much. Shades of Arctic Monkeys in there at times.

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3

Fun listen made me happy

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3

This was okay.

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3

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3

Finally some punk! I'm familiar with their first album ("Teenage Kicks" era), but never went any further. The first album is a decent early example of pop punk, with some of the sneering energy of punk mapped onto catchy songs about girls. I'm not a huge fan of the band, but I can see why that one made the 1001 list. This follow-up album has a more precise, controlled sound with less punk edge - so it's crossing further into "power pop", and parts of it have a hint of retro 1960s pop rock. It's pretty competently done, and I quite like the singers voice, which has a slight vibrato when he occasionally holds a note. However, the song writing is boring and the tracks get samey. I've never massively liked the first album, and I like this one a little less. From Buzzcocks to The Jam, there are so many bands that do a similar thing much better. Even staying in Northern Ireland, Stiff Little Fingers - Inflammable Material (1979) would be more deserving of a place on the list. So to me, it's unfathomable that The Undertones get two spots on the 1001 list. Presumably just because John Peel liked them.

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3

As a prime example of more approachable punk music that would lay a template for future pop-punk and ska revivals. The Undertones even bring in covers of classic stand-by's, a hallmark of the genre.

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3

This has a Dead Kennedys meets a new wave Beatles sort of vibe. Nothing really stood out to me. I do appreciate the Northern Ireland representation :D

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3

Some really catchy songs on this.

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3

next

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3

Sounded like Tilt at times, pretty good.

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3

overall thoughts: there were like a couple songs I could maybe come back to like hypnotised, hard luck, & wednesday week. I like the high energy kinda punk vibe to their sound, tho not too crazy bout the lyrics. pretty silly vibe to their writing & very high-schooley if that's a word lmao. OK album, don't think it's trash tho just not my cup of tea. I give it a 3/5.

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I get it, but not for me

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3

Brand spanking new to me. Never heard of the band, the album, the lobster bibs until this very moment. Enjoyable, warrants repeat listens. Nice "Under The Boardwalk" cover. Good power pop, similar to "Get The Knack" by the Knack and some of the better songs by The Raspberries (speaking of which, looking for both on the list).

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3

Better than I expected. Ended up enjoying this a reasonable amount, though I probably won't be itching to listen to it again any time soon.

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3

Good album. Kind of average but good to listen

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3

Not bad, but kinda bland.

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3

cool upbeat punk album, but got a bit boring because all the songs sounded the same.

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3

Eh, it was a fun album, but there wasn't much about it that sounded different than any other punk band (including contemporaries). I hear that later albums branched out a bit more, but I haven't gotten a chance to listen to those albums. I'd say 2.5 rounded up to a 3.

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3

Punk beats and a warble! I can feel the angst!

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3

Decent album.

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3

It's pretty bland but not an unpleasant listen. A pretty generous 3 mics, might've been a 2 on a bad day. Under the Boardwalk is the highlight.

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3

Pretty fun aside from some incel vibes.

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3

I think it's a high 3. Standout being My Perfect Cousin, as the "I've heard this one a million times" if this album. Generally pleasant but not banging enough to earn a 4, but just misses.

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I like this one quite a bit. Maybe my favorite of the punk records that we've had on the list so far. The vocals are fun, the riffs and melodies are consistently pretty good. I didn't pull too many tracks away, but as an album it definitely works well. Favorite tracks: The Way Girls Walk, There Goes Norman, Wednesday Week. Album art: Hilarious. Two cheeky lads at Red Lobster? Smile for the camera, mum wants to snag a pic. 3.5/5

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3

This was an unexpectedly fun album! Saved the first song and under the board walk which I swear I’ve heard before somewhere. Just your classic British rock album but it was short and sweet.

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3

I liked this album-good songs

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3

Much better than I had expected it to be!

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3

Not a style that I think I need to listen to do before I die. 80s punk - music is simplistic and predictable. listening to the one album is enough for me.

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7,0/10 Legal

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Fun

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3

I really enjoyed this one. Odd that they keep referencing Teenage Kicks in other songs though (or am I imagining this?).

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There’s nothing as good as Teenage Kicks on here, or anything that stands out as a ‘must hear’. It’s not bad though. Most memorable moment: “He thinks that I'm a cabbage / 'cause I hate University Challenge”

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3

some groovy numbers, I liked the cover of Under The Boardwalk

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I don't remember if I'd ever heard this band, but I do remember a Feargal Sharkey (how do you forget that name?) video or two from the 80s. The music here is simple fun punk-pop, although to be fair, I'm not sure exactly why it's on the 1001 list as it seems nothing special (not a criticism actually). But points for the accessible simplicity and maybe I'm also enjoying it as it came up for me at the right time after a run of terrible albums lately; it's nice to hear some simple short melodic head boppers. Sharkey's odd wavering voice can start to get a little abrasive at times but after hearing Ministry and Lou Reed this week he sounds like Freddie Mercury in comparison. Not a keeper but I'd probably never turn it off if I heard it again. 6/10 3 stars

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i thought it was a fun little bop! i liked a shortness of the songs and they were just fun. it wasn’t amazing but i really just liked the beat

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6/10

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I mean...it was okay but I didn't love it. A couple enjoyable tracks but probably wouldn't re-listen to the entire album. Fave track: Whizz Kids

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3

Clearly The Undertones. Such a distinctive vocal. Was alright but I don’t need to hear again. 3*

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21 sons pour 51 minutes de musique, le ton était donné d'entrée: nous avons bien affaire a un album de punk. Mais a ma grande surprise, ce dernier n'etait pas asbsolument dégueulasse comme tous ses petits camarades, réussissant à se hisser au rang d'audible. Un bien beau pied de nez a toute la classe de Terminale Punk.

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L'hypnose est une discipline que ces escrocs semblent maîtriser puisque c'est la première fois que je m'abstiens de dégueuler pendant un album de punk.

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Bouncy light 80’s punk. Easy to listen to but nothing really grabbed me.

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3

70’er punk poprock, catchy hooks, elguitar

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3

Bom.

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3

Decent enough punk album but it doesn't really do anything particularly notable or exciting for me.

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3

More pop than punk or new wave.

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The Undertones - Hypnotised (27/02) Tearproof Your meal is served, Bon Appetit. Don't look right onto it, you'll lose your complex of sense and probably all things went wrong after that. You're on a holiday, you pack your things, get in the car and go on a road trip, you got a lot of albums in the beginning of the decade (1980), you can hardly choose, but this one in particular took your attention. As the trees go behind, the horizon gets closer and wider, the songs grow well during your trip. The thing is: probably the album would play a few more times and if you are too focused with your eyes open, you wouldn't even notice the album on repeat. C

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Honest and immediate punk rock.

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This is an all around great fun, garage-punk record, although I remember their first one being slightly better.  It all begins with the ska-punk More Songs About Chocolate And Girls. And, hey! Did they change the lyrics to Under The Boardwalk? Doesn't Hard Luck sound like Cheap Trick?  Girls That Don't Talk has that British punk rock swagger (It's funny that he's bothered by the way girls talk and also by the girls that don't talk!), same as My Perfect Cousin (which might as well be my favourite one in here, it's just perfect for a pillow battle) and Whizz Kids, which also reminds me of the Ramones. Tearproof has that nervous sound, a bit like early Talking Heads. I guess Wednesday Week was supposed to be a ballad, which is really not. So yup. A youthful, lots of fun album. 

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Boardwalk is a far better cover than Bruce Willis‘s effort. I’ve always loved Wednesday Week.

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Was alright yeah i liked wednesday week

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I'm not too into this Pop Punk sound, but live drunk in a bar I'd prob fuckin love it. Under the Boardwalk was a nice throwback sound though.

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It's weird how much the lead singer sounds like Michael Stipe from REM... I wish I could put that aside but it's hard to. I can appreciate that this might have had a major influence because there is a LOT of stuff that came after it that sounds like it. In spite of that, I just don't like it.

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Feargal Sharkey fer í taugarnar á mér. En þetta er alveg þokkalegt samt.

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Une fois qu'on passe par dessus le tremolo de la voix (je pense particulièrement à See That Girl), on a quand même des riffs intéressants (particulièrement Hard Luck, Boys Will Be Boys et Grils That Don't Talk). On est dans un punk rock, voir plus un rock avec une légère attitude punk, comme on pouvait en retrouver dans des bands garages des années 60. On est dans la veine des Ramones et des Buzzcocks même si ces deux sont plus intéressant. Il y a aussi des sonorités qui rappellent les Sex Pistols, mais ça s'arrête aux sonorités. Les paroles sont dans des thèmes qui touchent la jeunesse. J'aime les backs vocaux dans Whizz Kids et plusieurs autres pièces. Par contre je l'admet, Under the Boardwalk est mauvaise. Si ce n'était pas de la voix, je crois que je reviendrais plus régulièrement à cet album. À voir sur d'autres albums si c'est moins pire.

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Not quite as good as the self-titled but still a pretty solid punk album

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some bops

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Groovy beats

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Fun early alternative music.

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Okay… The album starts with the song more songs about chocolate and girls, It’s a kinda interesting song I think it’s meant to be poking fun of the music at the time which is cool. The only thing is the transition from verse to chorus isn’t very good. Then is there goes Norman and it’s about … a creep. The song is surprisingly not that bad though. Then is the album’s title track it’s alright, the verses sound quite cool on the guitar department but the chorus really isn’t that great. See that girl is next, it’s one of the poppier of pop punk. Sonically, it slows the pace down and really works well here, yeah this one’s good. Whizz kids, is well a whizz of a song, fast paced with poppy yet aggressive guitars it’s a good stomper but not a favourite. Under the boardwalk is a cover of a song by the drifters. I must admit I don’t know the song but it’s still a great song, a poppy track with a nice stomping chorus. The penultimate track on side one the way girls talk is by far the album’s slowest and poppiest so far, yeah I really like it to be fair. Side one ends on hard luck, it’s good but the slow building into of stomping drums and thundering guitars is the best bit of the song. Side two starts with my perfect cousin, definitely a punk track, I like this one kinda reminds me of my own cousin. Carrying on with the punk spirit is boys will be boys, only just over a minute fairly heavy and aggressive it’s alright. It flows perfectly into the stomping bass of tearproof, sadly the bass goes into the background as that was the most unique part still okay though. Wednesday week is very poppy compared to the last songs, it’s the only acoustic track on it so far making it a real stand out good song! Nine times out of ten is okay a much slower guitar song. I just kinda wish the vocals went through the whole of the song. I don’t know why but the guitars on girls that don’t talk somehow really appeal to me it feels like a throwback to the first song with the drums just randomly shooting in at the chorus. What’s with Terry kinda tricks the listener into thinking that the song will be soft and acoustic only to reveal itself as a very good pop punk track. Just not a brilliant album closer. Yeah I liked it more than I thought to be honest, it’s just a hard album to really form many firm opinions on for some reason!

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Short sharp punchy and good in parts.

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Quite accessible for being called the "Ramones from Ireland". (6/10) FT: My Perfect Cousin, Wednesday Week

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That was far more enjoyable than I had expected. It was a little proto ska, punk, rock album

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Clairement un album blueprint du punk rock britannique, se laisse bien écouter

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A spirited, fun collection of songs that aims and succeeds at targeting the every day comings and goings of love, gossip, heartbreak and the minutia of life. Favorites: More Songs About Chocolate and Girls, There Goes Norman, See That Girl, The Way Girls Talk, Hard Luck, My Perfect Cousin, Wednesday Week, What's With Terry?

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The Undertones, notable for being part of the first wave of pop punk, are back with their second album. Very similar to their debut album, but a lot more funny and snarky. Good energy, good hooks, worth a listen for pop punk history.

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I can't work out if I love or hate his voice. I'm not ambivalent though.

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Good punk, good cover of 'Under the Boardwalk,' good all around listen. I liked that it was a little more subdued and quieter than most punk albums I've listened to. They didn't feel like they had to scream to get the vibe across, and I appreciated that. Nothing that blew my mind, but nice for a listen.

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3 might not seem like much, but this is a punk album more than anything else and it's rare that I give a punk album more than 1 - let alone 2 - stars! It's very pop-ish and good-humored, not too angry, not too simple, not too abrasive. Just some easy listening. On the flip side it's not much more than that. So I'll just go and listen to something actually interesting again.

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Great album! Sounds surprisingly modern.

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Els anys que van de 1978 a 1982 és una de les edats d'or de la música: el que va des del final del punk fins als començaments de la música 80's més pròpia de la década. 'Hypnotised' no és ni s'apropa a les grans fites musicals d'aquells anys, però conté grans dosis de la creativitat i de l'esperit de l'época i és un disc divertit, original, atrevit i infecciós

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A few high points, but the style references wear a bit thin. Does much to reinforce the theory that Irish bands sound better with the accents.

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It's like...some songs start super cool, like Hard Luck...and then they fade quickly, like Hard Luck. Oh well.

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Not bad. Had some alright tracks.

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Catchy 80's pop punk. Didn't finish.

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Some nice bouncy pop-punk but mostly doesn't really grab me.

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Eh, it's fine.

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I must dislike punk

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Not really my style

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Second Undertones album generated in 3 days. Not as fun or bouncy as the last one. Only 38 minutes long, but still managed to bore me a bit.

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Top Top cover. Shit Irish band trying to copy a shit American band. Like it when my punk bands have a bit more to say then this. 2/5

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Na veel gezapige muziek zoals The Eagles en Crosby, Stills & Nash dacht ik bij de eerste noten: He, leuk! Na een tijdje luisteren kwam ik tot de conclusie dat het iets teveel niveau middelbare school-band heeft. Die trillende stem vind ik ook geen aanwinst.

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Hier kan ik niet zoveel mee. Maar die zanger, die klinkt bekend.....ah! Een van de betere popsongs uit de 80's: 'A good heart these days is hard to find!' Dat is andere (zoetsappigere) koek dan deze punk die hij 5 jaar eerder maakte met de Undertones :-)

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Best leuke liedjes, maar de vroege punk is niet echt mijn ding. Te staccato en te puntig.

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Meh was OK

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It was ok, it didn't really grab me but there was some decent songs on there 2*

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Original class of pop punk. Best Tracks: More Songs About Chocolate and Girls, There Goes Norman, My Perfect Cousin

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Quite a boring album. Lyrics were meh and musis seemed repetetive.

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Highly overrated- passable noise

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Annoying voice and forgettable lyrics.

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punk bejzik, veoma 2/5

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meh

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singer kiiiind of sounds like the panic at the disco guy lol. oh can't stand it when they sing in unison. music sounds okay, repetitive though. i'm bored.

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Pretty good album. Bit skater-y. Almost like the Beastie Boys.

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Low quality songs

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eh

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Buen disco, muy agradable rock clasico pero no hard, muy the clash, canciones ligeras, buen sonido

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Lacks any sort of substance in the lyrics, mostly just repeating the same words over and over. Chorus in most songs is just a phrase repeated.

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Undertones = underwhelming. Probably ahead of the curve for 1980’s ska/pop bands, but seems simplistic and repetitive. Moments of fun do bring it up to a 2.5, but I can’t bring myself to give this three stars. Crabby old man strikes again!

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Meh? Its not great. not sure what makes this one of the best albums of all time

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unpolished rock. Irish? lead singer

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CALL APOGEE SAY "AARDWOLF"

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I like the singer’s weird voice but the album is repetitive and kind of boring.

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Indierock, madnessish

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Get me out of these punk albums.

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I can Envision the exact type of white boy that would love this album. So in other words I’m going to stay away from it

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It’s not really my thing.

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some tasty licks here and there but overall terrible.

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Not my type of genre - but can see how this album is liked

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Distinctly British. Rather ordinary, which is part of the charm.

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I was underwhelmed by the undertones.

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Far from exciting. A nice album to have on in the background perhaps? But it’s kind of a monotone undertone.

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😴😴😴😴😴😴😴

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It was fine.

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Eh.

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nah

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couldn't finish

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Genre: Pop Punk 2/5 Man, this thing turned into absolute mush towards the end for me. The whiny vocals want to sound like Jello Biafra so bad, the playing is fast but totally boring and uninspired, and this is another example of an album that just shouldn't be in this book. It was 15 songs, and nearly 40 mins worth, of the exact same material over and over again. A few songs slowed it down, and there were a few covers that kept it interesting, but this album faded into the background like a ghost. Really boring, really stale, and really annoying. Will not listen to this one again.

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Quand même sympathique comme album Je connaissais zéro ce band Trippe pas sur le vibrato chevrottant du chanteur mais c'est pas si dérangeant. Assez simple et to the point. Ça m'a fait pensé à weezer. Les compos sont assez originales mais finissent par se ressembler Pas mauvais mais pas malade non plus

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I wish it didn't but his voice just grates me. I miss teenage kicks...

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One-hit wonders and their one hit isn't even on this album. Seriously why are there 2 Undertone albums on this list? You don't even need 2 songs. A few good songs but in general mediocre, uninspired indie punk.

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Ah, more UK punk/new wave crap, this time with a Jello Biafra impression as well. Whatever. Boring amateur shit. 2/5.

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Pretty bland, innit?

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(2.5) Alright?

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Album cover. Is this the worst so far. 0/5 Not as good as their 1st album. Don’t think it is worthy of the list.

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Not as bad as the first, but so many of the songs just feel too simple or underwritten. Not my genre to begin with but it’s compounded by the lack of interest anything in the music. 3/10

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Meh

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Well, can you name one song by the Undertones? Maybe "Teenage Kicks?" This album has 2 songs that some people listen to. This is pedestrian power-chord rock with an unusual vocalist. Generally forgetful.

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could not get through the whole album

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No

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Oh piss off and grow up

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Really don't like his voice, the sound or the songs

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So bad

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Not sure how this made it on the list.

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Didn't finish this one. It's bland, uninteresting British punk without a lot of energy to it. Not my taste.

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1980. Hypnotised

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Du punk pas punk, avec un cover pas bon.

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I'm not a fan 1 "Wednesday Week" was good

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boring album...

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