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Teenage Kicks: The Story of The Undertones

The Story of The Undertones Teenage Kicks

In 1975, in the North of Ireland, if live teenagers got together it would have been normal, even expected, for a riot to ensue – the outsider might not have been able to tell the difference standing in a crowded Casbah one Friday night…
Fronted with the unmistakable vocal style of lead singer Feargal Sharkey, with John and Damian O’Neill on guitars, Michael Bradley on bass, and Billy Doherty behind the drum kit, this is Teenage Kicks: The Story of the Undertones.
In his first pilgrimage to Derry, Northern Ireland, legendary BBC DJ John Peel meets the band behind his favourite pop song, Teenage Kicks. Revelling in his journey of discovery, John Peel is amazed at the band’s apparent innocence. Reared in a town where the most abhorred social disgrace was to get above yourself. The Undertones simply tried not to take any of it too seriously.
The band parted ways in 1983 but 20 years down the line, The Undertones are still laid back. Re-forming to the delight of old and new fans, the band is prepared for it not to work – but it does. Damian says ‘we didn’t realise how good we were’… surely it’s finally time the band grasped what we’ve known all along: The Undertones… absolutely bloody fantastic!

No Pussyfooting – John Peel’s Way.

While i was listening to my favourite radio program last night ,i became aware of the “No Pussyfooting – John Peel story“.A little bit of google and there are more than one sides to every story (as usual):

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 1.The Eno/Fripp – Peel “conspiracy” (from BigO):
The money on the table is that this “session” never existed and that John Peel was in on the joke. Apparently, someone thought it would be a lark to just reverse the flow of the No Pussyfooting album and have Peel introduce them as the “tracks” from the said album. Some Eno fans swear that this session was just the LP played backwards. If that’s true it’s still worth listening as Eno and Fripp were trying to get the three-minute pop music fan to think deeper into sound and the ambience it created. It takes an open mind to allow for such experiments on national radio. You just won’t hear anything like this today. There’s still NOTHING ON THE RADIO. “

“Hm,was it clockwise or the other way…”

2.The John Peel tests the audience aspect (by Julian Cope):
“(Peel) realised that no-one at the station actually listened to the show…This first became apparent to him when no-one complained about the various cock-ups he made. Later in his career John would become notorious for these spontaneous errors; there was one infamous occasion in 1973 when he played tracks from Robert Fripp and Brian Eno’s No Pussyfooting backwards, though only Eno called to point out this mistake.”

“Happy now?”

3.The Reel-To-Reel factor (by John Kelman):
“But “The Heavenly Music Corporation” did get one official play on UK radio, courtesy of legendary radio personality John Peel. What transpired, however, was a complete broadcast of the piece—but in reverse, the result of a misunderstanding as to how the reel of tape (the BBC’s source, rather than the vinyl album) was stored.”

4. The accident (from the Guardian)
“…it was always highly entertaining to hear John Peel regularly get his 33 and his 45 RPM mixed up. On one memorable occasion, Peel distinguished himself by playing an entire side of Fripp and Eno’s No Pussyfooting backwards. Brian Eno was the only listener to notice anything was amiss.”