That Petrol Emotion


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After the sadness of the last Undertones album -- going soul was a poor way to go out for such a once remarkable punk-pop band -- word got out that O'Neill brothers Sean (John, formerly) and Damian had gone back to Ulster and formed a new Northern Irish ensemble that would rival their old one for cutting-edge music, and boy, does that turn out to be true. They give their artistic intent away here by covering Captain Beefheart's "Zig Zag Wanderer" on the B-side (at least on the 12" version), which is a hell of a far cry from the Memphis-tinged soul the Undertones left us with. Now they are on to genre number three, namely post-punk, and with spiky guitars like this, on the pulsing "Keen" and the other original "Great Depression on a Slum Night," they’ve got it going in spades. Welcome back to greatness.