The Undertones

Positive Touch: Limited White Vinyl LP


Release date: 25 August, 2023

The Undertones formed in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1975 and released their third album ‘Positive Touch’ in 1981 which peaked at #17 in the UK Charts.

The Undertones' Positive Touch marks the departure from speedy pop-punk of their first two debut albums though the songwriting remains as tight and lively with plenty of hooks that keep you listening. 

The punk-derived energy is almost entirely gone, replaced by a more varied and softer instrumental palette that features new textures like piano (courtesy of Paul Carrack, then in Squeeze) recorders and brass instrumentation.

Features the lovely "Julie Ocean" which has an undercurrent of anxiety, as well as much faster tracks like the pounding opener "Fascination" and the near-paranoid "His Goodlooking Girlfriend" are downright nerve-wracking.

This reissue is an exact replica of the embossed original sleeve and has been pressed on white colour vinyl for the first time.


Side A
Julie Ocean
Life's Too Easy
Crisis Of Mine
You're Welcome
His Goodlooking Girlfriend
The Positive Touch

Side B
When Saturday Comes
It's Going To Happen
Sigh And Explode
I Don't Know
Hannah Doot
Boy Wonder
Forever Paradise

Vinyl LP