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Jimmy Jimmy (song)

"Jimmy Jimmy" is a Top 20 punk rock song originally written and recorded by Northern Irish band The Undertones in the spring of 1979. The song was written by the band's main songwriter, John O'Neill,[1] it was The Undertones' third single and was released on 20 April 1979, reaching number 16 on the UK Singles Chart, making "Jimmy Jimmy" The Undertones' first Top 20 single. The song was included on both the original issue and subsequent reissue of the band's debut album, The Undertones.

"Jimmy Jimmy"
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Single by The Undertones
from the album The Undertones
Released20 April 1979
FormatVinyl record 7"
Recorded1979
GenrePop punk
Length2:45
LabelSire
Songwriter(s)John O'Neill
The Undertones singles chronology
"Get over You"
(1979)
"Jimmy Jimmy"
(1979)
"Here Comes the Summer"
(1979)

Two versions of the single were issued: A conventional black vinyl version of the single housed in a yellow paper sleeve sporting a photograph of the band's lead singer, Feargal Sharkey, as a youngster, holding a trophy he had won at a Fèis Doíre Colmcílle festival,[2] and a green vinyl version—displaying the same image—housed in a clear plastic sleeve with a paper inlay detailing dates and venues of then-forthcoming gigs across the United Kingdom.[3]

The decision to simultaneously release "Jimmy Jimmy" on both coloured and traditional black vinyl was made by Sire Records to give the single a competitive edge in the charts following the relative commercial failure of the band's previous single, "Get over You".[4]

Track listingEdit

Side one
No.TitleWritten byLength
1."Jimmy Jimmy"John O'Neill2:45
Side two
No.TitleWritten byLength
1."Mars Bars"Damian O'Neill, Michael Bradley2:08

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Singles-Historical". Theundertones.com. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  2. ^ Michael Bradley (2016). Teenage Kicks: My Life as an Undertone. Omnibus Press. p. 137. ISBN 978-1785581809.
  3. ^ "The Undertones Jimmy Jimmy - Green vinyl UK 7" vinyl single (7 inch record) (295860)". Eil.com. 14 March 2002. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  4. ^ Michael Bradley (2016). Teenage Kicks: My Life as an Undertone. Omnibus Press. p. 138. ISBN 978-1785581809.

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