- Audio CD (31 Jan. 1997)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Castle/Collectors
- ASIN: B000024Q61
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,938 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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How could this begin with anything other than the title track, the song that--famously--made John Peel cry the first time he heard it. Deceptively simple, it's a mass of adolescent hormones, which fitted Fergal Sharkey's wobbly voice so perfectly. There are 25 tracks of raw punky pop, yet it's still the obvious ones that stand out. "My Perfect Cousin" highlights teenage jealousy, a sneering attack on any family member who can do no wrong, while "When Saturday Comes" (the title of which was later nicked for a famous football fanzine) takes a more melodic, introspective path. Teenage Kicks is a great introduction to this understated influential band, and certainly beats any of Sharkey's later solo efforts. --Emma Johnston
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As an introduction, this is pretty flawless and if it has faults it doesn't matter because I'm willing to bet it won't be the last Undertones record you buy.
Ignoring the trendy punk concepts of anarchy and rebellion, The Undertones simply set about writing wonderfully melodic pop music - 'More Songs About Chocolate And Girls' (in the latter's case, usually unobtainable ones).
Feargal Sharkey had a marvellously distinctive voice, one of the things that so endeared the band to John Peel who allegedly blubbed like a baby on first hearing 'Teenage Kicks.' That song is still their finest moment, 3 minutes of lusty yearning as brilliantly simple as 'Tutti Frutti' or 'Satisfaction' from previous eras.
Now I know it's 2007 and most of the great tunes have been written, but when was the last time you heard a guitar riff as momentous as that on 'You Got My Number?' Or such a life-affirming burst of joy as 'Here Comes The Summer?' Or a pop ballad as affecting as the psychedelia-tinged 'Julie Ocean?'
The lyrics are damn funny too, Feargal positively revelling in shouting out "I wannna wanna be a MALE MODEL!" or slagging off his horrible cousin Kevin for cheating at Subbeteo.
Even when their initial burst of punk energy had subsided they could still craft songs as fine as 'Wednesday Week' and 'It's Going To Happen.' Plus they inspired the title of the nation's funniest footy magazine, 'When Saturday Comes.' Really, what's not to love?
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great but wanted to buy a few CD as gifts in bulk to cut down on postage etc.Published 17 months ago by ea_springsteen