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The Undertones: Hypnotised (Sire)

Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, July 1980

THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING special about the Undertones. They're a motley gang of Irish kids with typical imperfect faces and no visible charismatic presence as individuals; an often-crucial image required for major-league fame and fortune is nowhere to be seen. Their songs are uncomplicated and unpretentious, not aesthetic benchmarks on the state of the world. So what's the big deal?

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