3. The Undertones-The Undertones

I could have chosen any number of Ulster punk records that had a huge impact on me (Rudi-Big Time, SLF-Inflammable Material) but i’ll go with this one for now as my Gran bought it for me! She’d heard i was into this thing called punk and though she didn’t approve she went into a shop and asked for a good punk album and ended up giving me this as a present.

The opening salvo of ‘Family Entertainment’, ‘Girls don’t Like It’,’Male Model’ and ‘I Gotta Getta’ is as exciting as it gets. I also think ‘Jimmy Jimmy’ is one of the most underrated pop songs ever.




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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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