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Monday lost and found: The Undertones 'My Perfect Cousin'



As we bookend St. Patrick’s Day, we toast yet another fine Irish band - The Undertones. With the help of legendary broadcaster John Peel, The Undertones hit the UK scene in the late ‘70s with the song Teenage Kicks, which Peel vowed was his favorite song up until his death in 2004.

In 1980, The Undertones reached their commercial peak with the Top 10 UK smash My Perfect Cousin. The song and the video references the popular European table top game called Subbuteo (pronouced sub-boot-te-o), which let you play “association football” with your friends. It probably took more skill to play Subbuteo – a test of your ability to flick your fingers as opposed to American Electronic Football, where you watched helplessly as your vibrating player ran backyards 90 yards for a safety. If you can pry a kid away from their DS, you can try to explain the appeal of Subbuteo and Electronic Football to their confused little faces.

The Undertones still perform, but without Feargal Sharkey, who left in the band in 1985 and had a successful solo career with the # 1 single A Good Heart, written by Maria McKee.

- Kevin Wuench, guest blogger

[Last modified: Monday, March 18, 2013 7:43am]


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