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Feargal Sharkey

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His high, quavering delivery helped supply the New Influx music group the Undertones their identification, you start with the 1978 EP saving debut Teenage Kicks. While using the North Irish music group, Sharkey sang about teenage angst because the music group performed spirited punky pop. Following the group disbanded in 1983, brothers Sean O’Neill and Damian O’Neill created That Petrol Feelings, while Sharkey proceeded to go solo. A vocalist with an immediately recognizable tone of voice, he broke to a wider target audience with an influenced cover of Maria McKee’s “AN EXCELLENT Center” from his single debut, achieving the the surface of the U.K. graphs. Helped significantly by maker Dave Stewart of Eurythmics and arranger Michael Kamen on his single debut, Sharkey by no means reached those levels once again. He sang within the 1983 EP By no means By no means by the Set up, a short-lived music group created by previous Yaz member Vince Clarke. Sharkey released Want in 1988, but his saving profession was essentially carried out.

Quick Facts


Full Name Feargal Sharkey
Date Of Birth August 13, 1958
Profession Singer, Film Score Composer, Music executive
Nationality Northern Irish, British, Irish
Spouse Elizabeth Sharkey
Parents Jim Sharkey, Sibeal Sharkey
Siblings Michael Sharkey, Jimmy Sharkey, Diarmuid Sharkey, Bridgin Sharkey, Patricia Sharkey, Ursula Clifford
Awards NME Award for Worst Haircut
Music Groups The Undertones, The Assembly
Music Songs A Good Heart, You Little Thief, Someone to Somebody, I've Got News for You, Listen to Your Father, It’s All Over Now, Loving You, Miss You Fever, Don’t Leave It to Nature, To Miss Someone, I'll Take It Back, Ghost Train, Ashes and Diamonds, Women and I, Out of My System, Bitter Man, Never Never, After the Mardi Gras, Love and Hate, Made to Measure, She Moved Through the Fair, Love Like Blood, Sister Rosa, Cold, Cold, Streets, If This Is Love, Strangest Girl in Paradise, Anger Is Holy, The Living Actor, Full Confession, Ghost Train Blues, More Love, Let Me Be
Albums Songs from the Mardi Gras, Feargal Sharkey, Hypnotised, The Undertones, Wish
Movies The Undertones: Teenage Kicks: The Story of The Undertones
TV Shows Razzmatazz


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#Fact
1 Lead singer of Irish punk rock/new wave band The Undertones. The group disbanded in 1983, but got together again in the early 2000s touring European clubs.
2 His biggest solo hit was "A Good Heart" (1985), written by Maria McKee, produced by David A. Stewart (of Eurythmics-fame) and co-arranged/orchestrated by Michael Kamen.
3 Had a good run as a solo artist in the late Eighties/early Nineties with two soul-inspired albums to his credit: the eponymous debut (1985) and 1988's "Wish".


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Top of the Pops 1985 TV Series performer - 1 episode
EastEnders 1985 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Now That's What I Call Music 6 1985 Video performer: "A Good Heart"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rebellious Jukebox 1983 TV Mini-Series

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Teenage Kicks: The Undertones 2001 Documentary

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Panorama 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Working Lunch 2009 TV Series Himself
Breakfast 2004-2008 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1978-1991 TV Series Himself / Himself - The Undertones / Himself - Lead Singer: The Undertones
Razzamatazz 1986 TV Series Himself - Host (series 9)
Rock Around the Dock 1986 TV Movie Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1986 TV Series Himself
Joan Rivers: Can We Talk? 1986 TV Series
Pop Quiz 1984 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1978 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself - Lead Singer, The Undertones
I Love Christmas 2001 TV Special documentary
Now That's What I Call Music 6 1985 Video Himself
Top of the Pops 1980 TV Series Himself - The Undertones

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