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Mickey Bradley wrote the original Undertones' biography back in 1978. It was hand written and we printed it on green paper so that it would stand out. Therefore it made perfect sense for Mickey to write the biography for this Mark II version of The Undertones. Sadly, in this new technological age, it's not hand written this time nor is it printed on green paper.

In May 1983 Feargal Sharkey decided he had had enough as the singer with Undertones. Within minutes, the bass player, drummer and two guitarists decided they had had enough as well.

Feargal went on to much success with his solo career. John O'Neill and his brother Damian went on to critical, (though not commercial) success with That Petrol Emotion. Bass player Michael Bradley became a bicycle courier, with much success in avoiding the traffic in London. Eventually he returned to Derry and became a radio producer with the local BBC station. Billy Doherty continued drumming in Derry, and formed the Carrelines with singer Paul McLoone.

By summer 1983, The Undertones existed only as a back catalogue of four albums and thirteen singles. In November 1999 a multimedia arts venue in Derry was due to open. The Nerve Centre was home to musicians and artists who were beginning to realise that you didn't have to leave Derry to do good work. It was suggested that The Undertones should be asked to reform to open the live venue.

The idea didn't come completely out of the blue. A few months earlier, as part of the Galway Arts Festival, four of the original band (minus Feargal) were guests of the Saw Doctors at an outdoor show, to join in the encores of "Teenage Kicks" and "Get Over You".

Later that night, the four played seven songs with various guest singers in a hotel bar. When the Nerve Centre offer came, the four Undertones decided to ask Paul McLoone to join.

From initially being a one off (two off actually, as they needed to put on an extra show the following night at the Nerve Centre), the project developed on a piece by piece, part time venture. Paul McLoone quickly fitted in with the rest of the band. It wasn't surprising as they knew of him through various encounters in the previous decade.

Careful to avoid offers to join punk nostalgia tours, The Undertones took their time in deciding how far the reunion should go. By December 2001, the first new songs began to emerge. Written by John O'Neill, they were introduced at another Nerve Centre show as being cover versions, as a precaution. Just in case they weren't well received. By the following December, the band had finished a full album of songs, recorded in Derry's Blast Furnace studio, an offshoot of the Nerve Centre.

Along side those songs written by John O'Neill, Michael Bradley provided a further four. The Undertones style of short songs, with tunes, has been the basis for the album. The band decided it would be hard to go wrong with the usual ingredients of guitars, drums, backing vocals and a great singer. New technology did make its presence felt, with the use of sampled guitars under, in the middle of, and sometimes on top of the records.

One of the songs was heard by a friend of a friend of Damian's who worked in the Rough Trade shop in London. He asked if he could issue "Thrill Me" as a one off single on 7" vinyl on the Four Us Label. At the same time, the band approached John Peel about recording a session for his Radio One show.

Two years previously, Peel had interviewed the band for a documentary film which is soon to come out as part of an Undertones DVD. During one discussion, the idea of a new session arose. At the time, the band hadn't written any new material and jokingly dismissed the idea. In an article written in The Guardian when the film was shown at the London Film Festival, John Peel said he was glad the offer wasn't taken up, as he liked the idea that that the band weren't trying to revive their music business careers.

So when the band made enquiries to Radio One in 2003 , it was with some hesitation. Happily, the new songs were well received. A few weeks later, when the "Thrill Me" single reached John Peel's turntable, he introduced it on his show commenting: "And these are words which I'd never thought I'd be saying on the radio again, a new single from The Undertones". One night, he played "Thrill Me" twice, back to back. He did the same thing 25 years ago with "Teenage Kicks".

Second Verse

Same as the First?