The Undertones celebrate 35th Anniversary of classic debut single ‘Teenage Kicks’ + Uk Tour May 2013
On 16 June 1978, the band recorded their debut four-song EP ‘Teenage Kicks on a budget of only £200. The EP was engineered by Davy Shannon at Wizard Sound Studios, Belfast – and was released on Terry Hooley’s Good Vibrations record label. The title song became a cult hit with support from John Peel, who considered Teenage Kicks his all-time favourite song, an opinion he held until his death in 2004, his grave stone bears the inscription “teenage dreams so hard to beat”.
Sire Records boss Seymour Stein heard the track on Peel’s late night BBC Radio show; he was apparently so impressed he sent a staff member to Derry the following morning, a deal was struck and Sire re-released the track as a standard single which in November 1978 reached #31 in the UK chart.
To mark the anniversary, Salvo Records are set to release a beautiful package – ‘An Introduction to The Undertones’ (Released 3rd June) – a 22 track CD featuring all the classic 3 minute punk pop gems you would expect but also comes with a fantastic little 2 hour DVD featuring Teenage Kicks: The Story Of The Undertones where the late John Peel makes a pilgrimage to meet the band in their hometown of Derry.
Plus there’s also exclusive live footage from 1979’s Northern Irish Shell Shock Rock documentary and France’s Chorus: The Undertones – Live at Le Palace (1980). There’s also an additional 7 promo videos and studio performances from The Old Grey Whistle Test and The Tube.
Covered numerous times (some good…some not so) from Ash to Green Day to Snow Patrol to One Direction, the anniversary and album release also coincides with the recent release of the film Good Vibrations – The Story Of Terri Hooley.
The band’s hometown of Derry also celebrates its appointment as the 2013 European City of Culture this year.
There’s also a European tour along with UK tour dates at the end of May;
27th April – Le Cabaret Aleatoire, Marseille, France
17th May – Piazza Manzoni, Lugano, Switzerland Piazza Manzoni (FREE gig)
24th May – Koko, Camden, London
25th May – Strummercamp, Manchester Rugby Club, Manchester
26th May – The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
27th May – Sub 89, Reading
29th May – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
30th May – P60, Amstelveen, Holland
31st May – Rewirpower Stadium, Bochum, Germany – Guests of Die Toten Hosen S/O
1st June – Rewirpower Stadium, Bochum, Germany – Guests of Die Toten Hosen S/O
10th August – Fête du Bruit, Landerneau, France
24th August – Solfest, Tarnside Farm, Cumbria, England
31st August – Rock The Docks Festival, Chamerstrasse 41, Zug, Switzerland
Rock The Docks – Free Entry – First Come, First Served
1st September – ISC Club, Bern, Switzerland