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Song of the day special – 84: recording ‘Teenage Kicks’

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Like it says on the card. Here we have a video showing The Undertones recording ‘Teenage Kicks’. Zowee, baby! I’m a little confused as to the dating, though. Surely, the single came out in 1978.

5 Responses to Song of the day special – 84: recording ‘Teenage Kicks’

  1. Jerry May 19, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    (from Facebook)

    Julian Knowles
    shots of same session here – dated November 78


    about a minute ago ·

  2. jlbeezer May 19, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    OK … gotta tell a story about this.

    In 1985 I was a roady for That Petrol Emotion and got to spend some time with the O'Neil brothers. I loved this song and had tried to learn how to play it. It was pretty easy to learn, but I couldn't seem to get the lead on the end right.

    After I got to know Damien a bit I decided it was cool to ask him how he played it. He seemed surprised and laughed at me. He said it was really simple and couldn't believe I didn't have it.

    I asked him to show it to me anyway, so he picked up a guitar and played it for me. I could see right away that it was the standard Chuck Berry style riff that every guitar player picks up as soon as they master basic scales.

    However, Damien was playing it with the "wrong" fingers. He was using his first two fingers instead of the first and third. It's easier to play using the third finger to do the stretches, so the way Damien was playing it, the stretches were harder to play and they came out sounding a little strained. Ideal for this song, but as I said, not the way it's "supposed" to be played.

    To my credit, it was that mysterious strained tone I was trying to get.

    When Damien played it for me, I said "Oh, I get it … you're playing that riff with the wrong fingers!"

    And he said: "I know. But I was 17 and had only played guitar for a few weeks when we recorded that."

    Classic.

  3. Jerry May 19, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Hey, awesome, thanks for sharing that.

  4. tomfiend May 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Great video with bonus anecdote. haha

    One of the first and most interesting softer britpunk songs I was introduced to. 😀

  5. EverettTrue June 7, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    (from Facebook)

    Alexander Nutt
    Merseyside Pirate Radio? my moneys on Mr John Peel would have been kicking around there whilst that was a happening!
    19 May at 22:59 ·

    JUNE 7, 2010 3:16 PM

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