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Much Too Late

It was Paul’s idea to make a record for Record Store Day. Damian had a new song and didn't want it to sit on the shelf too long and Paul has a friend with a small independent record label who specialises in vinyl. Seven inch black vinyl, not as a special edition of a download but a proper single in its own right. I just think it's a nice idea to put out a record that can't just be downloaded in half a second for it to disappear up your hard drive. And to put it out in Derry's year as UK City of Culture, although culture was never something that bothered us before. So, here we have two songs recorded during the first weekend of March in Toe Rag studios in London. Oh yes, that was another reason to do the record - it gave us an excuse to go to see the famous studio that still makes records the old way. The old way being learn the song, you play it as well as you can in front of a set of microphones and then you record it on to eight track tape. That's what we did and had a great time. It was freezing when you went outside the studio but we're from Derry so we don't feel the cold like other people.

The songs are .....

A side, Much Too Late, written by Damian.  

B side, When It Hurts I Count To Ten , which is actually a very old song written by John in 1982, discovered on a cassette by Damian and slightly amended by myself and Damian.

Billy and I prefer the b-side, which makes it a proper record that you can argue about with your friends. A thousand copies went on sale in independent record shops on April 20th 20123, which was Record Store Day.

Michael Bradley April 2013.

Monday 20th August 2012 - Press Release

The Fall and The Undertones to play at ultimate John Peel Gig.

Two iconic bands have agreed to play in Norwich in October as a fundraiser for the new John Peel Centre for Creative Arts in Stowmarket. Two of Peel's favourite bands The Fall and The Undertones will appear at the Fundraiser on Oct 10th. Norwich Arts Centre is producing the event as the launch event for the new John Peel Festival of New Music. They have been working with Peel's wife Sheila Ravenscroft to help establish both the new venue and the festival as a permanent legacy to the much missed DJ.

The fundraiser will feature bands whom John had a great connection with and will also include Norwich Peel favourites Bearsuit and a band currently making waves, Dingus Khan. The following 3 days of the festival will feature over 50 new acts across ten venues in Norwich.

Peel's wife Sheila Ravenscroft commented:  "We've talked for sometime about the venue in Stowmarket and a festival and so it's great that this is happening. I'm so pleased that The Fall and The Undertones have agreed to play at this event as everybody knows that they were two bands very close to John's heart and we should raise a good amount of money for the new venue.  It’ll also be a great gig! ”

Norwich Arts Centre Director Stuart Hobday added: "We realise we may be accused of nostalgia in producing this event when it’s obviously not what Peel was about. However this fundraiser seemed like an appropriate way to capture the affection that is still out there for John and to not forget his direct contribution to British musical life in helping bands such as The Fall, The Undertones and Bearsuit. It’s tribute in itself that all of the bands have agreed to waive their fees for the gig and so hopefully we will raise a good amount of money for the new venue in Stowmarket.

The following three nights of music are all emerging exciting acts backed up by a 3 day music development conference aimed at bringing musicians and industry figures together. It’s a financially tough time for venues and emerging bands in Britain with very little record company development money available. This is the sort of initiative that is vital in keeping alive the great tradition of restless new British music which is what John Peel was always at the heart of."

Details of the Event:

The Fall + The Undertones + Bearsuit + Dingus Khan

At EPIC Studios in Norwich (Magdalen Street) on Wednesday October 10th 7.30pm

Tickets £20 / £22 door

Available from Norwich Arts Centre Box Office 01603 660352 or online via

If anybody would like to make a donation to the new John Peel Centre for the Creative Arts in Stowmarket please visit:

More details of the line up for the John Peel Festival of New Music can be found at 3 day Festival wristbands are available for £35 from Norwich Arts Centre but do not include the fundraiser event as announced above. 

Featuring The Divine Comedy, Ash, The Undertones with support from John D’Arcy - 2011

This special concert has been put together to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. The three main acts will each perform one of their classic albums in sequence.

The Divine Comedy, featuring Neil Hannon and a string quartet will play the 1994 'Promenade' album. Tracks including ‘Tonight We Fly’, ‘The Summerhouse’ and ‘When The Lights Go Out All Over Europe’ will all be aired.

Ash will present their first ‘proper’ album, ‘1977’ as the original three piece. This record topped the UK chart in 1996 and fielded songs such as ‘Girls From Mars’, 'Angel Interceptor’, 'Goldfinger’ and ‘Oh Yeah’.

The Undertones will perform their debut self-titled album from 1979, including 'Teenage Kicks’, ‘Get Over You’, ‘Jimmy Jimmy’ and ‘Here Comes The Summer’.

Tim Wheeler from Ash explains his involvement in the event:

“My Dad passed away in January this year. He'd been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 2008 and lived the last 6 months of his life in the Psychiatry Of Old Age Ward at Downe Hospital. I spent a lot of time in the hospital with him and saw many other patients and families going through exactly the same thing as we were going through.

“As my Dad's condition deteriorated I felt very helpless as there was nothing I could do except visit him as much as possible. When I heard that Neil's father had also been diagnosed with Alzheimer's I thought that we could actually do something using our music to help fight Alzheimer's. It is a growing worldwide problem and as yet there is no cure. The main hope seems to be in prevention and a lot of funding for research is needed.

“So using the uplifting power of great music we are going to make a contribution. It's going to be a wonderful and emotional night for me. The Undertones have been a big influence on Ash, they are Northern Irish music legends and it's going to be a real treat hearing them play their first album.

“I've been a friend and massive fan of Neil for years too and always love being on the same stage as The Divine Comedy. With Ash, we're really excited to be playing our debut album '1977' in full, something that we've only ever done twice before. My Dad loved music, playing piano was one of his joys and he would never miss an Ash gig in Belfast. I know he'll be there in spirit.

“As well as raising funds for the Alzheimer's Society I'd like to use our gig to say how important a service the Health Service is and that we can't let it be taken away. I'd also like to say how grateful my family and I are for the Health Service and the kindness of the staff at The Downe Hospital for the care my father received.”

Neil Hannon, The Divine Comedy says:

“My father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's several years ago. It is a debilitating and frustrating condition, and affects not just the sufferer but all those around them. It is however possible, with early diagnosis and medication, to continue living a meaningful and enjoyable life as my dad has shown. I find him as entertaining now as ever, just in a much more random sort of way.

“Of course being my Dad he decided to use his capacity as a public figure to talk openly about the inner workings of his ailing mind. To help demystify and de-stigmatise it a little. He's a very awesome man. I'm delighted to finally get this opportunity to do my bit for the cause. It should be a fantastic night!”

Ian Thomas, Alzheimer's Society, Operations Director for Northern Ireland and Wales, adds:

“It's brilliant that Ash, The Divine Comedy and The Undertones have chosen to support Alzheimer's Society through this gig. Not only do music fans get to hear three great bands but it raises awareness of dementia and helps tackle some of the stigma that surrounds the condition.

“There are currently 17,700 people with dementia in Northern Ireland and by 2021 this is set to rise to 25000.  Every ticket sold will help support people to live well with dementia today and fund vital research to find a cure for tomorrow.”

This event is part of the Belfast Music Week programme, which will run from October 30 to November 5. Organised by Belfast City Council with support from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Tourism Ireland, it will run from October 30 to November 5 and the programme will provide a run-up to the MTV Europe Music Awards on November 6. Full details will be announced in October.

Doors at 7pm. Tickets, £20 and £22 will go on sale on Thursday 22nd September at 9am at the Ulster Hall box office: Tel. 02890 334455.

Tickets will also be available at Ticketmaster and from Crowdsurge

You can donate to the Alzheimer's Society by visiting or by texting ULST77 to 70070 for £5 donation.

THE UNDERTONES TOUR - 3rd January 2011

Seminal Derry band The Undertones are set to celebrate their 35th anniversary with a new double CD of their greatest ‘A’ and ‘B’ sides; a 10-date UK tour when they will play their debut album, ‘The Undertones’, in its entirety – and an appeal for members of their original fan club to get in touch.

Union Square Music will reissue the double CD ‘True Confessions: A's + B's’ on 4th April, 2011.  The release is to be accompanied by a set of 10 shows – the ‘True Confessions Tour’ – which will call at most major cities over the month. It’s been a long road from their first show in February 1976 at St Mary’s Scout Hall in Derry. Further shows in the UK, Europe and the USA will be announced soon.

The band is keen to reacquaint themselves with members of their former fan club, the Rocking Humdingers Club, and have put out a Missing Persons Search. Mickey Bradley of the band said: ‘‘We recently came across the original membership book containing the names of the Rocking Humdingers and thought it would be good to make contact again.”

The band hope to hear from these long-time fans and has promised the first 50 who get in touch free entry into a show of their choice, a copy of the record and a tour t-shirt. They should contact the band via at:

31/03/2011Glasgow    King Tuts

01/04/2011Birmingham        O2 Academy 2

02/04/2011York    Fibbers

07/04/2011Nottingham    Rescue Rooms

08/04/2011Southampton     The Brook

09/04/2011Plymouth    White Rabbit

10/04/2011Bristol    Thekla

14/04/2011Liverpool    O2 Academy 2

15/04/2011Manchester    Academy 3

16/04/2011London    The Garage

For more information visit:

The Undertones are:

John O’Neill – Guitar

Damian O’Neill – Guitar

Paul McLoone – Vocals

Michael Bradley – Bass

Billy Doherty - Drums



Reissued albums include the band’s self-titled LP, Hypnotised,

Positive Touch, The Sin of Pride plus The Best of the Undertones.


LONDON, U.K. — The Undertones emerged from Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1977, as part of the U.K. punk and new wave scene. Inspired by radio, records and the Ramones, five Derry teens (Feargal Sharkey, brothers John and Damian O’Neill, Billy Doherty and Mickey Bradley) has never been in bands before. Straight out of a local pub, The Casbah, the band recorded Teenage Kicks, their debut EP, which caught fire on John Peel’s BBC Radio One show and got them signed to Sire Records in the U.S.  “Less interested in fashion, anarchy, or politics than in the heady joys of a great pop song, they fused irresistible, hooky tunes with the fierce passion of teenage rock & roll believers, and came up with a handful of instant classics,” observed All Movie Guide’s Mark Deming.


On June 28, 2010, Union Square Music will make the Undertones’ four LP’s available digitally. Included will be The Undertones (1979), Hypnotised (1980), Positive Touch (1981) and The Sin of Pride (1983), as well as a never-before-released Best of the Undertones compilation.


The digital-only reissues will be available at iTunes.


• The Undertones: Appearing in both the Q magazine list of the “100 Greatest British Albums Ever” and the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, The Undertones' debut LP is a bone fide pop-punk classic. The lead track “Teenage Kicks” has long been regarded as one of the purest expressions of teenage punk pop and has been covered by everyone from KT Tunstall to Green Day. It was also famously U.K. DJ John Peel's favorite record ever. Signed to Seymour Stein’s Sire records in 1978, the band had not originally planned to make an LP but after seeing many of their contemporaries —The Sex Pistols, The Clash etc. — make successful LP’s, they decamped to Eden Studios in West London to record the songs they had been playing in their legendary Friday night gigs at the Casbah. As the bassist Michael Bradley says, there was “No plot, no theme, no parodies of any genre.” The Undertones’ 1979 debut is an off-the-cuff collection from five Londonderry kids with nothing to lose.


• Hypnotised: As critically acclaimed and as commercially successful as the Undertones debut LP, Hypnotised featured both the classic three-minute pop punk of its predecessor (check “My Perfect Cousin,” “There Goes Norman” and “Whizz Kids”) while highlighting a newfound maturity and sensitivity with tracks like the plaintive “Wednesday Week” and stately “The Way Girls Talk.” Recording in the tranquil surroundings of the Wisseloord Studios in Hilversum in the Netherlands (three band members would cycle to the studios every day) so relaxed the band that they weren’t overly concerned that they didn’t have enough songs for the LP until the producer Roger Bechirian suggested that “I can ask that chap from the Rumour to write some for you.” Back in Derry, the O'Neill brothers came up with three more songs — “Wednesday Week,”  “Tearproof” and “More Songs About Chocolate and Girls,” an homage to the Talking Heads’ More Songs About Buildings and Food. “More Songs . . .” would open the LP and define the appeal of the band with its much-quoted line: “Sit down relax and cancel all other engagements, it's never too late to enjoy dumb entertainment.”


• Positive Touch: Bassist Michael Bradley admits that despite the commercial success of Hypnotised, the Undertones were bored musically by the time they reconvened in the Wisseloord studios in Netherlands to record Positive Touch. Freed from their contract with Sire, they started recording without a record deal, enabling them to experiment without any executives breathing down their necks. If the band’s debut LP was influenced by what they’d been listening to in O’Neill’s front room, then Positive Touch came out of what they’d been listening to since, with influences as diverse as the Stones, Motown, Orange Juice and Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Melody Maker declared the resulting 14 songs to be “one of the truly classic pop LP’s of all time.”  


• The Sin of Pride: For the Undertones’ fourth and final LP the band demoed the songs in a home-built studio in Derry. As bassist Michael Bradley recalls, “When I say ‘build,’ I mean we went out and bought the wood, and the nails, and cobbled together a small hut. Then we sent away to HHB for a Fostex 8-track and a bunch of microphones. Feargal, being the most technically minded, looked after the recording.” The band weren’t happy with the results and neither were their label EMI with the final LP produced by Mike Hedges (of Cure and Wah fame). Lacking the pop punk of the band’s debut LP, The Sin of Pride has its merits: NME described it as “an immaculate conception of pop” but the LP was not a commercial success and tensions with Feargal soon lead him to leaving the band.  


• Best of the Undertones: This never-before-released compilation contains the songs for which the Undertones are best noted: “Teenage Kicks,” “Get Over You,” “Here Comes the Summer,” “”You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It),” “My Perfect Cousin,” “Wednesday Week,” “It’s Going to Happen,” “Julie Ocean,” “Beautiful Friend” and “The Love Parade.”


• Teenage Kicks EP: In a move to bring back the EP, quintessential to the development of punk and new wave, Union Square will offer the original Teenage Kicks EP from 1978 featuring the hit “Teenage Kicks” along with “Smarter Than U,” “True Confessions” and “Emergency Cases.”



On the 7th of May 1989, Derry City FC completed the historic ‘treble’, winning the 1988/89 League Championship, the League Cup and the FAI Cup.

Twenty years on there have been several commemorative events held both off and on the pitch and details have now been confirmed for one of the highlights of this anniversary in an event organised by Northland Broadcast and the Nerve Centre.

The Undertones will headline a ‘Treble 1989 Celebration’ gig at Derry’s Nerve Centre on Saturday 14th November, their first Derry gig in almost two years. As well as music from one of the greatest live bands around, video footage of that incredible 1988/ 89 season will be continually displayed throughout the Nerve Centre on various screens. Members of the treble-winning squad will also be in attendance.

Confirming details of the gig, Michael Bradley of The Undertones said:

‘It's great to be able to celebrate the treble at last. Derry City has featured many times in the life of The Undertones - from the picture sleeve of Get Over You, to the cover of My Perfect Cousin, to the singing of Teenage Kicks at the Brandywell. For someone like me, who remembers Danny Hale and who sold programmes at the Texaco Cup game against Wolves, it's great to be associated with the club. We’re really looking forward to the night on the 14th November’

All profits will go the Derry City FC Development Committee.


Fine Fine Music is a twice a year tour by upcoming bands in Holland supported by a ‘name’ artist. This year three of The Undertones are that name.

27 May: Tilburg 013

28 May Nijmegen Doornroosje

29 May Oss Groene Engel

30 May Zwolle Hedon

31 May Rotterdam Watt

2 June Amsterdam Paradiso

3 June Utrecht Helling

5 June Groningen Vera

6 June Enschede Atak

7 June Delft Speakers

I’d stress that it is NOT the full Undertones line up, but John, Damian and Paul from the band with a luxury assortment of acoustic versions of Undertones classics and a sprinkling of delicious and surprising treats from the sweet shop of rock and roll. Cover versions, in other words. And that the rehearsals are so far sounding splendid. It's all going to be delicious yet kind to teeth.


The Undertones are happy to announce that new arrangements have been made with Union Square Music for the re-issue of the first four albums. All four albums will be remastered and reissued on the Salvo / Ardeck imprint with bonus tracks and new booklets. The re-issue campaign will also feature a 56 track 2CD anthology including 27 previously unreleased demos, live, session and rehearsal tracks.

The campaign will kick off on August 31st with a 30th anniversary digital `vingle’ release of the original Teenage Kicks plus a previously unreleased live version and the original promotional video. That will be followed by a physical re-release of the original 4 track Good Vibrations Teenage Kicks single complete with original fold-out poster booklet on September 8th. The 2CD anthology will be released on September 22nd the same day as the band (including vocalist Paul McLoone) headline London’s Dingwalls. Further releases will follow throughout 2008 and 2009.


On April 25, The Undertones will headline a unique concert to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Belfast based record label, Good Vibrations. The event will take place at the Mandela Hall, and tickets are £20.

The label was founded by Terri Hooley in April 1978 and was based in his record shop on Great Victoria Street, Belfast.  Perhaps the most famous release on the label was ‘Teenage Kicks’.

Good Vibrations was more than just another record shop and label. It enabled young people to believe in the power of self expression and understanding at a time when society in N. Ireland was tearing itself apart. To this end, the concert is billed as “Good Vibrations – A Light in the Darkness”

As Michael Bradley from the Undertones says, "Good Vibrations proved to me that great things can arise when a one eyed anarchist, running an uneconomic record shop in the 1970s, decides that bands from Belfast and Derry could make records as good as anyone else!"

Prior to the concert, a bus tour of Terri Hooley’s Belfast has been arranged as well as a special screening of John T Davis’ Ulster punk documentary “Shellshock Rock”.

Venue – Mandela Hall
Date – Friday 25 April 2008-03-03
Artists – The Undertones, Shame Academy, The Panama Kings + Very Special Guests
Tickets - £20 available from

06 Mar 08, Arthur Magee


The Undertones recently appeared on RTE's Late Late Show. Click here to watch the performance.

21 Nov 07, Wesley


The new album is now available for pre-ordering at

Thanks to the team at Cooking Vinyl for creating the new site for the album

26 Sep 07, Wesley


Mickey Bradley presents weekly BBC radio show.

On Thursday 15th February Mickey Bradley, an Undertone and BBC Producer, went back to a presenting role with this Radio Ulster programme. It is part of a new weekly series dedicated to punk rock classics.
Playing everything from the New York punk of The Ramones and The Heartbreakers through to the London scene of the Sex Pistols and The Clash, to the one hit wonders and the influential icons of the genre.

Mickey says: "This programme will be an unashamed wallow in the best punk records of 1977, before and beyond. Thirty years after they played, the influences and effect of bands like the Clash, Buzzcocks and the Sex Pistols are more widely felt than they were at the time."

To check out the programme on line and listen again to the most recent show just visit the shows website.


The Undertones have finally caught up with the rest of the E-World and have got themselves a nice new shiny MySpace page.

You can check out the page at

We will be keeping the page up to date with all the latest band news and announcements and we hope to be adding some more photos and audio clips shortly. 

31 Jan 07, Wesley


The band are undertaking a short Spanish tour which kicks off on 28th March in Madrid.

Four dates have been confirmed, with the possibility of a fifth being added. The dates so far are:

.Wednesday, 28 March 2007
El Sol - Madrid

.Thursday, 29 March 2007
Venue TBC - Bilbao

.Friday, 30 March 2007
Venue TBC - A Estrada

.Saturday, 31 March 2007
Parque del Piles – Gijon


29 Dec 06, Wesley


In response to the huge numbers of new fans The Undertones have generated amongst under-18 age group, the band have decided to stage a special 'family friendly' show on the afternoon of the 29th of December at Derry’s Nerve Centre.

Specifically aimed at those too young to attend their now traditional Christmas show the band and Vigilante Events have combined to bring a special one-off event, where all ages will be welcome and there will be no alcohol on sale. This promises to be a great gig for the band’s youngest fans and a perfect warm up for the night show later that day. 

Friday, 29th December 2006
Doors: 3pm and 9pm
All ages show: £8
Evening show (18+): £15

The Nerve Centre
7-8 Magazine Street
Tel: 028 71260562

14 Dec 06, Wesley


Paul will be doing an interview on the Today FM Breakfast Show just after 8.30 am on Wednesday, 22nd of November.

He will be chatting to Tom Dunne and playing an exclusive brand new Undertones track. You can find the show on 100-102FM, and at

15 Nov 06, Wesley


Mickey was recently interview by the BBC about his recent illness.

You can read the full article here and you can also watch the interview video.

08 Nov 06, Wesley

The Undertones have been in the studio doing some demos for the much anticipated next album release.

The songs which have been demoed so far include:

Dig Yourself Deep

Him Not Me

Precious Little Wonder

She's So Sweet

Easy Way Out

Everything You Say Is Right

So Close

Damian and Mickey have been working on a further joint effort and John has a few more songs that the band are hoping to demo very shortly.

Hopefully we will all get a chance to get a preview of the new tracks at the forthcoming gigs.

02 Nov 06, Wesley


After a quiet year, The Undertones are back gigging again and have just announced a list of gigs for November and December.

The list of confirmed gigs so far are:

Thursday, 12 October 2006

Friday, 24 November 2006
The Terrance Hotel Magherafelt, IRELAND

Saturday, 25 November 2006

Friday, 1 December 2006

Saturday, 2 December 2006

Sunday, 3 December 2006
Spring and Airbrake BEFAST, IRELAND

Friday, 29 December 2006
The Nerve Centre DERRY, IRELAND

Keep an eye on the website for further updates.

12 Oct 06, Wesley


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