The Undertones - Hypnotised deluxe reissue out 8th June 2009

Posted: 22nd May 2009
The Undertones
Sit down and cancel all engagements it's never too late to enjoy dumb entertainment.

The opening lines to More Songs About Chocolate And Girls (a spoof on Sire label mates Talking Heads `More Songs About Buildings And Food') set the tone for the 'Tones second LP. As critically acclaimed as their debut LP, Hypnotised sold better than its predecessor and gave them their biggest hit single with My Perfect Cousin.

The album showed a wider range of repertoire from their debut with both the classic 3 minute pop punk of its predecessor (check My Perfect Cousin, There Goes Norman and Whizz Kids) whilst highlighting a new found maturity and sensitivity with tracks like the plaintive Wednesday Week and stately The Way Girls Talk. The critics loved it with Sounds newspaper declaring that the Undertones were `probably the best pop group in the English speaking world', David Hepworth nicknaming their music `Bash Street Pop...the soundtrack to a simpler, altogether less squalid world' and Patrick Humphries wondering `how can anyone not like the Undertones'

30 years later Hypnotised still sounds as fresh as a daisy and our release presents the complete Hypnotised package with a selection of B Sides, Peel Sessions, the video to My Perfect Cousin and a 20 page full colour booklet with bassist Michael Bradley's humorous essay on life in The Undertones in addition to the original glorious album in its original artwork.

* Following the 2Cd Anthology, 30th Anniversary Teenage Kicks releases in September 2008 and Undertones album release in February this is the latest in Salvo / Ardeck's Undertones release schedule that runs throughout 2009 and will feature all the original albums with bonus tracks and extended booklets and additional compilations (singles, BBC sessions etc).

* Each release has a generic sticker on the front with the boy from the Jimmy Jimmy single sleeve and the theme: `Ireland's Greatest Ever Band'.

* Selected by the band Hypnotised contains the entire original LP release along with 6 bonus single B sides and session tracks and the original video for My Perfect Cousin.