UOGB/The Undertones – Teenage Kicks (Chords)

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – Teenage Kicks (Chords)

It was the anniversary of John Peel’s death yesterday. I was going to put up Napalm Death’s You Suffer in tribute. But after getting hate mail for my Dillinger Escape Plan post, I thought I’d go with something a bit more crowd pleasing.

For this version I’ve written up the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain version (from Anarchy in the UK).

Suggested Strumming

For C and Am you can go with:

d – d u d u d u
d – d u d u

Topped off with one down strum for the Cmaj7 passing chord.

d – d u d u d u

In the verse you can use this twice for each chord.

Twiddly Bits

The intro/solo riff goes a bit like this:

The rest of the solo you can noodle around with C major pentatonic.

Undertones Version

The Undertones version is two frets higher (so the chords are D – Dmaj7 – Bm and G – A).

They also have another passing chord between G and A (G#). If you want to throw it in the UOGB version, it’s F# (easiest to play it x121).

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  1. J-Hob October 26th, 2010 8:26 pm

    Classic! We bust this one out quite a bit at the ukearist

  2. Fuke October 27th, 2010 12:57 am

    “Noodle around” – my new favourite phrase!

  3. Howlin' Hobbit October 27th, 2010 3:32 am

    another song I’ve never heard. thanks!

    and of course, the UOGB tore hell out of it. now I’m thinking I’d better check out some other versions.

  4. craig robertson October 27th, 2010 5:41 am

    Wow. The UOGB do such a wonderful, ironic version of this song! They are aaaaaaaaamazing!!!!

    You should feature more songs by that Jake Shimawhatever guy too, he’s pretty good!

  5. Woodshed October 27th, 2010 9:44 pm

    J-Hob: I can imagine it working well with as a strum-along.

    Fuke: Use it wisely.

    Hobbit: The Undertones never made it across the ocean? Does that mean no Fergal Sharkey either?

    Craig: Jake who?

  6. Howlin' Hobbit October 27th, 2010 10:58 pm

    “hobbit never heard of it” != “it didn’t make it to America.” I’m just kinda slow.

    I liked the various covers (and the original) of “Teenage Kicks” I found on YouTube but, best of all, searching them up led me to Marilyn Manson doing a cover of Cheap Trick’s “Surrender.”

    damn. I can die happy now.

  7. Howlin' Hobbit October 27th, 2010 10:59 pm

    ooops! I forgot…

    the name “Fergal Sharkey” rings a bell. I know I’ve read it somewhere. but I can’t for the life of me remember hearing any music to go with the name.

    so I’ll go search that up too.

    I loves me some intarwebs.

  8. Woodshed October 28th, 2010 9:54 pm

    Hobbit: Not really worth searching for Fergal Sharkey. Mostly just 80s cheese.

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