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True Confessions

True confessions – The Undertones

Recently, in my own typical delayed way, i’ve been exploring later era Undertones, meaning songs beyond the Teenage Kicks EP. So, of course, enjoy a song from that first EP. But, and this is news to no one i’m sure, in the four or five years they were releasing music they really did get adventurous and accomplished in their songwriting. Not that all of it was good or has kept as well as their pop punk stuff, but now going back to this you totally can see that songwriting mastery and willingness to explore evident from the very beginning. I’m not sure how the shift was received at the time; if people turned on them or not. If they were a band now they would have seen exactly that. And me growing up amongst cries of “sell out” and holding bands to unshifting ideals, i would have no doubt joined them. I’m coming around.

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Sunday, June 23rd:
Kiss in the dark – The Undertones

Monday, June 24th:
Kindan no telepathy – Kudo Shizuka

Tuesday, June 25th:
Guitarras y tambores – Cola Jet Set

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True Confessions

True confessions – The Undertones

One of the songs on the Teenage Kicks EP that isn’t Teenage Kicks and suffers because of it. Not being Teenage Kicks yet existing so close to it, on the other side of a 7″ record requiring effort to lift and flip over for what is essentially a less rewarding experience. But marginally. It seems very wrong to class another Undertones song as a less rewarding experience, but that serves them right for writing Teenage Kicks. True Confessions is great. They all are, just less so.

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