no81bob top 20 2011: No 1 Teenage Kicks – The Undertones

I’m with John Peel on this…

They say you haven’t lived until your next door neighbour has played along to Teenage Kicks at 2 o’clock in the morning on his saxophone.

I guess that means I’ve lived.

In many senses this is perfect pop/ rock.  No messing about with elongated guitar or synth solos.  Bang the drum and thrash the guitar.  Get to the chorus as soon as you can.  Make sure your audience can sing along.  And sing about things the audience gets – girls and boys.  boys and girls.  The only drugs around are testosterone and estrogen.

And of course. The Undertones has that song.  John Peel famously loved Teenage Kicks so much that he played it twice in succession on his show and requested that a line from the song ”Teenage dreams, so hard to beat” be etched on his gravestone.  Which it is.    The song has become an anthem for the punk era, a symbol of coarse youth, and one of many highlights on the album.

Clearly, Teenage Kicks is video of the week and what better than a TOTP clip



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