COVER OF THE WEEK
is The Undertones "All Wrapped Up" sporting a
cover that has to place pretty high whenever anyone gets around to listing
the weirdest or at least oddest covers ever. Especially if you know the
group and their music.
"All Wrapped Up" was a collection of the groups singles released when it had already disbanded after a burst of success starting in 1979 and fizzling out by the end of 1983.
So what kind of music did they play? Take a bit of punk, a bit of 60s garage, 70s glam rock and the distinctive voice of Fergal Sharkey. Mix it up and add some pretty neat hooks and good pop song writing by the brothers in the band; John and Damian O'Neil, and there you have it!
From Derry, Nothern Ireland they started out as an innocent, no-image band. As they grew up musically they lost some of the early charm and neither member has been close to the success of the early Undertones.
album was originally a double, but cut to a single LP for release in the
States, where the cover was quicly withdrawn.