Teenage Kicks is the title of The Undertones' first single - which is also the late John Peel's favourite single of all time (and he knew music, did Mr Peel). In fact, he liked this song so much he had some lines from it engraved on his headstone...Teenage dreams, so hard to beat
The funny thing is about the Undertones is that although they came from Derry, which was going through a terrible time in the '70s, they sang little pop songs like Here Comes the Summer, My Perfect Cousin and who could forget Get Over You. In other words, they were normal teenagers intent on ignoring all the horrible stuff going on around them at that time.
The Undertones were a Derry band but they played in Portrush at least once a month in the good old days before they became famous. I probably have enough photographs of The 'Tones for about a month's worth of blogging, but I wouldn't do that to you, my faithful few readers, since I suspect you would be a lot fewer by the end of the month...
Anyway, I have a little story for you today - a Photographic Story, as it were.
The Brother must have had his camera along this particular evening and he must have been up on the balcony - hence this shot:
|Hot and sweaty teenagers - 1970s style|
I know, I know - what on earth is that guy in the foreground doing? Clearly 'in the moment'. Nowadays we would say he's experiencing mindfulness. Whatever.
Not the world's best photograph, I will grant you, and to be honest I nearly passed over it. Then I spied some-one I know well in the shot - me! That's me, or a younger version of me to be more precise - in the beige sweater front left. Regular readers will recognise me from the haircut, I suspect. And you can see what I'm doing, for there be a camera strap just visible over my left shoulder and the camera looks like it's raised to me eyes, as one does when one wants to take a photograph with an OM-1.
And here are some of the snaps wot I took, from that very position on that very evening...
|'Are you seriously taking my photograph?'|
Ain't that a hoot? Mind you, when I look at that first picture and see where I am standing it might just explain why I have severe hearing problems now. But there's no telling young people, is there...