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Bonus trax make this even more incredible album,
This review is from: The Undertones (Audio CD)
Man, I have loved the UNDERTONES since, I'm not sure, about 1980 or so. They played once in San Diego, 1981 I think. I had to work late but I sent several relatives and friends and they all said it was like a BEATLES concert (ok, mini) in that the people were all into it and happy and jumpin' around.
There's nobody like this band. Pure power pop. Well written pop songs with strong guitars and that quirky Fergal Sharkey vocal. You gotta get over that or you just can't like this band. Their first two albums, this and Hypnotised, are classic UNDERTONES. And the bonus tracks which include non-lp singles (and more?) fit right in with these first two albums. I don't come to this band from the pop part, I come to them from their punk association. Many U.S. punx I've known over the years don't consider them to be punk at all because they're nothin' close to hardcore. And, in fact, they proudly have that pure pop sound. Course, their lyrical content continues to fascinate me given they were a Northern Ireland band and could, obviously, have had very political lyrics. Instead we get some of the greatest teen/love/yearning lyrics with strong guitars in very strongly musically written songs.
Does a band stand the test of time? This one has for me. I get as happy listening to this album today as I did then. Well, of course, they didn't have this version with the bonus tracks. Thank goodness for CD reissues and the good habit of adding non-lp songs.