U.K. indie Union Square Music has announced a licensing deal, for the world ex-North America, for the first four albums by seminal Irish new wave act the Undertones.
The group from Derry, then fronted by Feargal Sharkey, now chief executive of trade association British Music Rights, made their name in 1978 with the hit “Teenage Kicks.” It became one of the most enduring mementoes of the new wave era and was the all-time favorite track of the late, influential BBC broadcaster John Peel.
The reissue campaign begins Aug. 31, on the Salvo/Ardeck imprint, with a 30th anniversary release, as a download and on seven-inch vinyl, of “Teenage Kicks,” also featuring a previously unavailable live version and the original promo video.
The 27-track, two-CD collection “The Undertones – An Anthology” will be released in the United Kingdom Sept. 22. The same day, the current line-up of the Undertones, with lead singer Paul McLoone, play at Dingwalls in London.
The four original Undertones albums themselves are due for reissue by USM next year, with “The Undertones” and “Hypnotised” slated for February and “Sin Of Pride” and “Positive Touch” for April. Union Square Music is distributed in the United Kingdom by Sony DADC, and has a team of international licensees.