Music Documentary: The Undertones – Here Comes The Summer

Unlike music documentaries, truly great music biopics are hard to come by. If you don’t believe me then try being subjected to ‘True Movies music weekend’. Music documentaries usually allow those involved (sometimes in the loosest sense) to reveal something to fans, while biopics have to compete with the excitement of the myths and reputations built by fans themselves, and that’s before we even get into the reproduction of the music.

Good Vibrations was released this weekend to a flurry of critic and fan praise alike, and looks set to be this year’s ‘Control’. The film follows Terry Hooley and his journey to becoming the musical messiah of Belfast during The Troubles. The most known band to feature in the film are The Undertones, and although everyone thinks they know about the band behind what John Peel called ‘the most perfect pop song ever written’, there’s a lot more to the Tones than that one song. Exactly what their success meant to the people of Derry, their influence on music in Northern Ireland and their attitude to going on tour with The Clash in America is all detailed in the doc below.


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