Undertones for Xmas?
(Friday October 29, 2004 11:57 AM)
John Peel’s favourite ever pop song, The Undertones’ "Teenage Kicks", has entered the race for the Christmas number one, despite there being no plans for an official release.
The single was added to the race by bookmaker’s William Hill due the number of punters placing money on the record.
It is now fourth favourite at 14/1.
A William Hill spokesman said: "After speaking to EMI, they have said there’s not a great chance of it getting released, but with so many people putting money on the track we have to shorten the odds.
"Over the last few days we have been repeatedly asked if we will be offering any prices on The Undertones being a Christmas hit.
"It is a tribute to Peel's popularity that music fans are making so many enquires."
The track, released in 1978, became the first single ever to be played twice in a row on UK radio when Peel span it on his show.
He later claimed that he wanted the song’s opening line - "Teenage dreams, so hard to beat" - written on his gravestone.
Speaking to The Guardian in 2001 he explained why it was such a great song.
He commented: "I've never yet come up with an answer that pleased me much, falling back each time on: 'There's nothing you could add to it or subtract from it that would improve it' - that's the best I can do.
"We're talking about a record that even now reduces me to tears every time I hear it.
"The first time I cried was when, stuck in traffic on the M6 near Stoke-on-Trent on my way to the football, I heard Peter Powell play my copy of the EP on Radio 1.
"I had written 'Peter. This is the one' on the inner sleeve. To my alarm, I found myself weeping uncontrollably and I still can't play "Teenage Kicks" without segueing another track in afterwards to give myself time to regain composure.
The latest odds for the Christmas number one single (excluding charity records) are as follows:
1 Band Aid III (No Odds)
2 Ronan Keating & Cat Stevens 9/4
= 3 Ricky Gervais & Noel Gallagher 12/1
= 3 Robbie Williams 12/1
= 4 The Undertones 14/1
= 4 Kylie Minogue 14/1
= 4 Tony Christie 14/1
= 5 U2 16/1
= 5 Madonna 16/1
= 5 Take That 16/1
= 5 Ice Cube 16/1
= 6 Westlife 20/1
= 6 Girls Aloud 20/1
= 6 Joss Stone 20/1