The Undertones formed in Derry, Northern Ireland, in the mid-'70s, a challenging time and place for a band as their Catholic fans avoided shows in Protestant areas and vice versa.
They had a series of modest UK hits in 1978 and 1979, notably their debut single "Teenage Kicks
." In 1980, they released "Wednesday Week" as the second single from their second album, Hypnotised
. By this time they were getting lots of positive press in the UK, who hailed them as the fresh sound of the post-glam era. They only managed one more Top 40 hit (the ambitiously titled "It's Going To Happen!") and never made inroads in America, despite tour of that country, including one with The Clash.