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Undertones star Feargal Sharkey marks 40th anniversary of recording 'Teenage Kicks'

Undertones frontman Feargal Sharkey has taken to Twitter to celebrate 40 years since the recording of the band's iconic debut single 'Teenage Kicks'.

Writing on the social media site the Londonderry band's frontman wrote: "Did I mention by the way 40 years ago today I walked into a recording studio, put a pair of headphones on, and sang this."

The song was written in the summer of 1977 by band member John O'Neill and was recorded on June 16 1978.

It was released that September by Belfast independent record label Good Vibrations.

The band were then picked up by Sire Records and the song was re-released that October reaching 31 on the UK singles chart.

Influential BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel was reported to have burst into tears upon hearing the song and named it as his favourite of all-time.

He once played the song twice in a row on his show telling audiences "It doesn't get much better than this".

Peel enjoyed the show so much he had the opening lyrics "Teenage dreams so hard to beat?" written on his tombstone following his death in 2004.

The song has entered popular culture in the United Kingdom and was named the second best indie song of all time in a 2016 poll.

It has gone on to be covered by a number of bands including One Direction and Snow Patrol.

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