The Undertones emerged from Derry in 1976, the result of five friends (John O’Neill, Damian O’Neill, Feargal Sharkey, Billy Doherty and Michael Bradley) learning how to play basic rock and roll. Even by the standards of that decade Derry was not the rock and roll capital of anywhere.
Practicing in their bedrooms eventually led to the band recording John O’Neill’s ‘Teenage Kicks’ in 1978 on Terri Hooley's Good Vibrations label in Belfast. The legendary DJ John Peel received a copy and liked it so much he played it twice in a row on his radio show.
The Undertones signed with Sire Records and ‘Teenage Kicks’ was re-released, resulting in the band's first appearance on Top Of The Pops. Over the next five years, John O Neill crafted further numerous punkpop gems such as `Here Comes The Summer`, ‘Jimmy Jimmy`, `My Perfect Cousin`, `You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It)’ and ‘Wednesday Week’. whilst Damian O’Neill and Michael Bradley contributed ‘My Perfect Cousin. They also recorded four highly acclaimed LPs.
performances at festivals and venues throughout the UK and Europe. The reviews have been glowing and many critics and fans say the band are playing as well as or better than ever before.
2016 also saw vinyl remasters of first two LPs; ‘The Undertones – The Undertones’ and ‘The Undertones – Hypnotised’ released alongs with a 7” vinyl remix of the 1979 single ‘Get Over You’. Remixed by Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine/Primal Scream). Michael Bradley also published his book Teenage Kicks: My Life As An Undertone’.
2017 will see the band continue to play plenty of live shows including a UK and European tour and they will embark on their first ever tour of Australia and New Zealand.