The original line-up released four studio albums — The Undertones (1979), Hypnotised (1980), Positive Touch (1981) and The Sin of Pride (1983) — before disbanding in 1983. Allmusic stated that guitarists John and Damian O'Neill "mated infectious guitar hooks to '60s garage, '70s glam rock, and Feargal Sharkey's signature vocal quaver."
Sharkey pursued a solo career that achieved commercial success in the mid to late 1980s, and two of the other band members (John and Damian O'Neill) formed That Petrol Emotion. The Undertones reformed in 2003 with Paul McLoone taking over for Sharkey and released the critically acclaimed album Get What You Need.
Later in their career The Undertones began to change musical direction, with their later songs being of the power pop genre, which was very different from their earlier punk rock offerings. Falling sales and tensions within the band led to their split in 1983. In 1985 brothers John O'Neill and Damian O'Neill formed That Petrol Emotion with Raymond Gorman.
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