John O'Neill (guitarist)

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John Joseph O'Neill
John O'Neill performing Julie Ocean at Rockpalast, 1982
Background information
Birth name John Joseph O'Neill
Born (1957-08-26) 26 August 1957 (age 57)
Origin Derry, Northern Ireland
Genres Punk rock, pop punk, new wave
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Rhythm guitar
Years active 1976–1994 1999–present
Labels Sire Records
Ardeck Records
Virgin Records
Associated acts The Undertones, That Petrol Emotion

John Joseph O'Neill (born 26 August 1957, Derry, Northern Ireland) is the rhythm guitarist and principal songwriter within the punk rock/new wave band The Undertones.[1] O'Neill, along with his younger brother Vincent and friends Feargal Sharkey, Michael Bradley and Billy Doherty, founded The Undertones in 1975, although Vincent O'Neill was replaced the following year with his younger brother, Damian O'Neill, who became the lead guitarist within the band.

John O'Neill was the principal songwriter in The Undertones: writing the majority of the band's singles and a number of album tracks (occasionally collaborating with his brother Damian or Michael Bradley). Songs written by John O'Neill include the singles "Teenage Kicks", "Jimmy Jimmy", "Here Comes The Summer","You've Got My Number" and notable album tracks such as "When Saturday Comes" and "You're Welcome".

After releasing four albums and thirteen singles, The Undertones disbanded in 1983, although they reformed in 1999. Since this date, the band (who have a new lead singer) have released two further albums and performed a number of gigs in both the UK, Ireland, Europe and North America.

In 1985, the O'Neill brothers formed That Petrol Emotion, an acclaimed rock act who disbanded in 1994.


  1. ^ Heibutzki, Ralph. "Biography: The Undertones". AMG. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 

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