Tag Archives: The Undertones

And I thought you might like to know – the Jim Lea interview

It’s not, erm, everyday you get to talk to a childhood hero, but Jim Lea definitely falls into that category for me. I was barely four when his band scored the first of six UK No.1 singles with ‘Coz I … Continue reading

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The healing power of music – talking Trouble Songs with Stuart Bailie

Stuart Bailie was chasing invoices when I called him in Belfast, facing up to one of the less glamorous facets of life as a freelance writer, yet part of the job he reckons takes up most of his time. And … Continue reading

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Back with a Special Beat Service – the Dave Wakeling interview

It gets a tad confusing with a few of the bands doing the rounds again all these years on, not least when original members have gone their separate ways, starting their own versions of the same group. Take The Beat, … Continue reading

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Refit, Revise, Reprise by Damian O’Neill and the Monotones – a writewyattuk appreciation

The term ‘reluctant frontman’ seems to neatly describe unassuming Undertones guitar hero and songwriter Damian O’Neill. Whatever bands he’s featured with over the years – not least fellow notables That Petrol Emotion and The Everlasting Yeah – he’s always been … Continue reading

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July to December 2017 – the writewyattuk review: the second six months

Former Status Quo ‘frantic four’ drummer John Coghlan on the key moments that will always stay with him: “Those six weeks at Butlin’s were an eye-opener, doing it – in a sense – professionally, getting to play to people and … Continue reading

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A man of Substance – the Peter Hook interview

  ‘I’m here now … sorry,’ read my text message, and after a couple of days struggling to locate Peter Hook, it seemed I finally had my chance. We’d missed each other a few times, but seeing as it was … Continue reading

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The Undertones / Roughneck Riot – Warrington Parr Hall

“Any day of the week’s when Saturday comes” And when it entails a night in the company of The Undertones, it’s always going to be special. What’s more, this time it involved a new venue for me, five and a … Continue reading

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Still pickin’ up Good Vibrations – talking The Undertones with Mickey Bradley

Devising questions for the following feature/interview, I thought it was high time I caught up online with The Mickey Bradley Record Show, in which The Undertones’ bass player treats listeners to a two-hour weekly stroll through a vinyl wonderland of his … Continue reading

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The writewyattuk quotes of 2016, part two – July to December

As the festivities start to take hold at writewyattuk hq, we best conclude our 12 months of quotes from 2016’s feature/interviews, encapsulated via a series of soundbites. Again, much gratitude to all who responded, and big respect to those who … Continue reading

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Tripping the dark fantastic with The Membranes – in conversation with John Robb

It’s fair to say that the bands topping the bill at this weekend’s Un-Peeled Christmas Party at The Continental, Preston, Lancashire, are enjoying something of a renaissance. Post-punk outfit The Membranes and C86 outsiders The Wolfhounds have both released LPs … Continue reading

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