My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: The Undertones is the debut album by Irish band The Undertones. The original album was released in May 1979 without the two singles “Teenage Kicks” and “Get Over You” or the single version of “Here Comes the Summer”. The album was rereleased in October 1979 with those songs added.
What I think: I feel like I’ve known of “Teenage Kicks” through all my years. It’s just always been there and I’ve always loved the hooks it contains (vocal and guitar), but always felt it a little too sleazy to fully embrace. A couple months ago I heard “Here Comes the Summer” (on our magnificent Twin Cities radio station 89.3 The Current who has a Saturday morning song named “Teenage Kicks”) and figured it was time to check this album out. I wasn’t disappointed it contains sixteen amazing (Pop-) Punk songs that all come in at under three minutes. The whole thing lasts just over a half an hour and is nothing less than the Punk equivalent of an early Beatles record. My favorite tracks are “Girls Don’t Like It”, “I Gotta Getta”, “Jump Boys”,… shoot I’m having trouble not listing everything. So give it a chance and pay particular attention to “True Confessions”, which is a synthy New Wave classic well ahead of its time.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? This is one of those albums I wish had come into my life at an earlier point. I want to know what teenage me would have thought of it. We have some lost time to make up for.
Rating (Out of 5): 5/5
Is this my first time hearing this album? No (105/449)
Amount that are new to me: 77%