“Hypnotised” by The Undertones - album review

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TJR says

For their sophomore release in April, 1980, the Derry five remain: Feargal Sharkey (lead vocals), John O'Neill (guitar, vocals), Damian O'Neill (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Michael Bradley (bass, vocals) and Billy Doherty (drums). The lyrical teenage themes of kicks, japes and heartbreaks are maintained from the debut, or “More Songs About Chocolate And Girls” as they so humourously put it in the album's typically self-deprecating opening statement. The musical pallette is widened though, occasionally incorporating elements of 60s pop in amongst the new wave and punk tunes. The two singles “My Perfect Cousin” (#9) and “Wednesday Week” (#11) are the big highlights of the set which is decent throughout, even if it does lack edgy thrills. It would become their most commercially successful long-player, ascending to #6 in the UK charts.

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A1 [02:43] 6.6.png The Undertones - More Songs About Chocolate And Girls (Damian O’Neill) New Wave
A2 [02:28] 6.4.png The Undertones - There Goes Norman (John Joseph O’Neill) Punk
A3 [02:31] 6.2.png The Undertones - Hypnotised (Damian O’Neill, Michael Bradley) Punk
A4 [02:25] 5.9.png The Undertones - See That Girl (John Joseph O’Neill) Pop
A5 [02:20] 5.7.png The Undertones - Whizz Kids (Damian O’Neill) Punk
A6 [02:27] 3.7.png The Undertones - Under The Boardwalk (Arthur Resnick, Kenny Young) Pop
A7 [02:30] 5.0.png The Undertones - The Way Girls Talk (John Joseph O’Neill) New Wave
A8 [03:42] 4.9.png The Undertones - Hard Luck (John Joseph O’Neill, Michael Bradley, Damian O’Neill, Feargal Sharkey, Billy Doherty) Pop
B1 [02:36] 8.7.png The Undertones - My Perfect Cousin (Damian O’Neill, Michael Bradley) Punk
B2 [01:27] 5.6.png The Undertones - Boys Will Be Boys (John Joseph O’Neill, Damian O’Neill) Punk
B3 [02:21] 6.5.png The Undertones - Tearproof (John Joseph O’Neill, Michael Bradley) New Wave
B4 [02:17] 7.8.png The Undertones - Wednesday Week (John Joseph O’Neill) New Wave
B5 [02:38] 6.5.png The Undertones - Nine Times Out Of Ten (John Joseph O’Neill, Billy Doherty) New Wave
B6 [02:27] 5.5.png The Undertones - Girls That Don’t Talk (John Joseph O’Neill) New Wave
B7 [03:19] 6.3.png The Undertones - What’s With Terry? (Damian O’Neill) New Wave

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