Taking a break from the New Wave casualties of the â€™80s (and there are more to come), letâ€™s get something truly decent and sadly Lost in the â€˜80sâ€¦former Undertones lead singer Feargal Sharkeyâ€™s debut solo single, â€œA Good Heart.â€
The Undertones scored a few UK hits from 1978 through their breakup in 1983, most notably â€œTeenage Kicks,â€ a song famously championed by the legendary DJ John Peel. After the bandâ€™s dissolution, Feargal provided the vocals for The Assemblyâ€™s â€œNever Never,â€ a one-off collaboration with Depeche Mode/Yaz/Erasure muso Vince Clarke. 1986 saw Feargalâ€™s first proper solo album, a nicely produced affair with Eurythmicsâ€™ Dave Stewart. â€œA Good Heartâ€ was a fine choice for a lead-off single, an excellent tune written by Lone Justiceâ€™s Maria McKee which nicely showcased Feargalâ€™s soaring, warbly singing style. While â€œA Good Heartâ€ topped the charts in the U.K., it sputtered in the States, an audience nearly completely ignorant of the Undertones and Feargalâ€™s overseas chart pedigree. The follow-up single, â€œYou Little Thief,â€ made even less a splash.
Sharkey went on to release one more album, 1988â€™s â€œWishâ€. Since then, The Undertones have reformed and re-recorded without him and heâ€™s been relatively quiet. Seems a good band these days is hard to find.
â€œA Good Heartâ€ peaked at #74 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1986.