Taking a break from the New Wave casualties of the Á¢€â„¢80s (and there are more to come), letÁ¢€â„¢s get something truly decent and sadly Lost in the Á¢€Ëœ80sÁ¢€¦former Undertones lead singer Feargal SharkeyÁ¢€â„¢s debut solo single, Á¢€Å“A Good Heart.Á¢€
The Undertones scored a few UK hits from 1978 through their breakup in 1983, most notably Á¢€Å“Teenage Kicks,Á¢€ a song famously championed by the legendary DJ John Peel. After the bandÁ¢€â„¢s dissolution, Feargal provided the vocals for The AssemblyÁ¢€â„¢s Á¢€Å“Never Never,Á¢€ a one-off collaboration with Depeche Mode/Yaz/Erasure muso Vince Clarke. 1986 saw FeargalÁ¢€â„¢s first proper solo album, a nicely produced affair with EurythmicsÁ¢€â„¢ Dave Stewart. Á¢€Å“A Good HeartÁ¢€ was a fine choice for a lead-off single, an excellent tune written by Lone JusticeÁ¢€â„¢s Maria McKee which nicely showcased FeargalÁ¢€â„¢s soaring, warbly singing style. While Á¢€Å“A Good HeartÁ¢€ topped the charts in the U.K., it sputtered in the States, an audience nearly completely ignorant of the Undertones and FeargalÁ¢€â„¢s overseas chart pedigree. The follow-up single, Á¢€Å“You Little Thief,Á¢€ made even less a splash.
Sharkey went on to release one more album, 1988Á¢€â„¢s Á¢€Å“WishÁ¢€. Since then, The Undertones have reformed and re-recorded without him and heÁ¢€â„¢s been relatively quiet. Seems a good band these days is hard to find.
Á¢€Å“A Good HeartÁ¢€ peaked at #74 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1986.