My Perfect Cousin

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"My Perfect Cousin"
Single by The Undertones
from the album Hypnotised
Released 28 March 1980 (1980-03-28)
Format Vinyl record (7")
Recorded December, 1979
Genre Punk rock
Length 2:36
Label Sire Records
Songwriter(s) Damian O'Neill
Michael Bradley
The Undertones singles chronology
"You've Got My Number (Why Don't You Use It?)"
"My Perfect Cousin"
"Wednesday Week"
Music video
"My Perfect Cousin" on YouTube

"My Perfect Cousin" is a punk rock song originally written and recorded by Northern Irish band The Undertones. The song — inspired by an actual male cousin of one of the band members[1] — was written during the summer of 1979 and recorded at Wisseloord Studios in Hilversum in December 1979.[2]

"My Perfect Cousin" was the first of two singles to be released from the band's Hypnotised LP (the second being "Wednesday Week"), and was released on 28 March 1980.[3] The single reached number 9 in the UK Singles Chart two months later,[4] making it The Undertones' only Top 10 single.

The song was the sixth single released by The Undertones, and the first single to be written by band members Damian O'Neill and Michael Bradley.[5] The official music video to the song was largely filmed at the home of the O'Neill brothers, and was directed by Julien Temple,[6]

"My Perfect Cousin" was performed on Top of the Pops on two occasions: 3 April and 10 April 1980.[7][8]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Written by Length
1. "My Perfect Cousin" Damian O'Neill, Michael Bradley 2:36
Side two
No. Title Written by Length
1. "Hard Luck (Again)" John O'Neill, Michael Bradley, Damian O'Neill, Feargal Sharkey, Billy Doherty 4:11
2. "I Don't Wanna See (You Again)" John O'Neill 0:48


  1. ^ "When Illusions are Shattered". The Ulster Herald. February 8, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  2. ^ Sleeve notes for 2009 Salvo Music re-release of Hypnotised.
  3. ^ "The Undertones Discography". Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  4. ^ Official 11 - 18 May 1980
  5. ^ Teenage Kicks: My Life as an Undertone p. 174
  6. ^ Teenage Kicks: My Life as an Undertone p. 173
  7. ^ "Top of the Pops 10/04/1980". 2015-05-01. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  8. ^ "The Undertones Ultimate trainspotter's Guide: TV & Radio". 2012-11-11. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 

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