The Undertones, by 1982, were at a crossroads. They had grown tired of making the fast, spiky post-punk music that had brought them chart success and led to the the lucrative deal with EMI. The problem however, was that the sort of music they were now leaning towards was not what the label bosses were looking for.
There was also the fact that the band, having gigged extensively from the outset, had spent much of the year back home in Derry trying to find the magic formula that would provide more hit singles and critically acclaimed albums, and their absence in the live setting created a bit of a void among many of their fans. It took a full eight months after the flop of Beautiful Friend before the next single was released in October 1982:-
mp3 : The Undertones – The Love Parade
Again, it was a million miles away from the sound with which they were most associated but unlike the previous single this had something going for it. There was a real sense of it sounding as if it had been made with radio play in mind with all sorts of ooh-ooh backing vocals over a soulful, almost Motown, type of tune. The problem though, was that the record label more or less disowned it and didn’t put any real effort into promoting it and so, like its predecessor, it sunk without trace, stalling at #97 in the charts, despite, in what was a first for the band, it also being released in an extended 12″ format with an extra 90 seconds of music:-
mp3 : The Undertones – The Love Parade (12 inch version)
The b-side is, sorry to say, a rather unremarkable bit of music which sounds as if it never got much beyond its demo version:-
mp3 : The Undertones – Like That
Just two more weeks left in this particular series. Does anyone have a band or singer they particularly want featured next? But please bear in mind that I’ll need to have the majority of singles already in the collection with what I don’t have being easy enough to get my hands on.
Or indeed, does anybody want to take on the mantle of doing the next series themselves?
I’m in your hands.