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Saturday 26 July 2014

It’s Teenage Kicks for Snow Patrol as a classic studio celebrates

Snow Patrol's lead singer Gary Lightbody

Ulster’s Snow Patrol celebrated the 75th birthday of the BBC's legendary Maida Vale studios yesterday by performing hits from decades gone by.

The band — playing tracks to represent the 1960s to 1990s — included a version of Undertones hit Teenage Kicks, a song close to their hearts.

The performance marked a day of live broadcasts from the historic venue, including dramas, music and speech.

Snow Patrol's choices were all songs which had been played in sessions recorded at Maida Vale over the years.

Teenage Kicks, released by The Undertones in 1978, was famously Radio 1 DJ John Peel's favourite song and gained notoriety when he showed his devotion by playing the song back to back.

Drummer Jonny Quinn explained the track had particular significance for him.

He said: “Three of us in the band grew up in Belfast, and it means a lot coming from when we grew up. It was about the only band people outside Northern Ireland would have known.

“I also worked for the record shop Good Vibrations, so it has a special meaning to me.”

The group also played INXS's New Sensation, You Really Got Me by The Kinks and Madonna's Ray Of Light during the Radio 1 Live Lounge session at the north-west London venue.

Frontman Gary Lightbody said it was an honour to play in the studio, which has also seen performances from the likes of David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles.

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