The Sin of Pride

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The Sin of Pride
The Sin of Pride.jpg
Studio album by The Undertones
Released 13 March 1983
Studio Playground Studios, Camden Town, London
Genre Soul
Length 38:53
Label Ardeck-EMI (UK)
Harvest (US)
Rykodisc (US CD reissue)
Producer Mike Hedges, The Undertones
The Undertones chronology
Positive Touch
The Sin of Pride
Get What You Need
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Sin of Pride is the fourth and final album to be released by the original line-up of The Undertones. The album, which was produced by Mike Hedges, was recorded between the autumn of 1982 and the spring of 1983. Unlike the three previous albums released by The Undertones, which primarily consisted of guitar-oriented music, The Sin of Pride drew much inspiration from both Soul music and Motown[2] and has been described by Allmusic as "one of the great unsung albums of the early '80s."[3] The band's lead singer, Feargal Sharkey, is also known to have opined The Sin of Pride as "the finest Undertones album."[4]

Released on 13 March 1983,[5] The Sin of Pride reached number 43 in the UK charts. Largely due to the commercial failure of The Sin of Pride, The Undertones disbanded just four months after the album's release. On the subject of the poor sales of this album, Feargal Sharkey would recollect in 1986: "People still wanted us to rewrite the first album, and we weren't prepared to do that."[6]

Three singles were taken from The Sin of Pride: "Got To Have You Back", "Chain of Love" and "The Love Parade". (Two single versions of "The Love Parade" were released; one version commercially available upon the LP and an extended 12-inch single version.) However, none of the singles released reached the UK top 40.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Written by Length
1. "Got To Have You Back" Ivory Joe Hunter, Leon Ware, Stephen Bowden* 2:51
2. "Valentine's Treatment" Damian O'Neill, Michael Bradley 2:47
3. "Luxury" J. J. O'Neill 2:28
4. "Love Before Romance" Damian O'Neill 4:53
5. "Untouchable" Damian O'Neill 3:19
6. "Bye Bye Baby Blue" J. J. O'Neill, Michael Bradley 3:16
Side two
No. Title Written by Length
1. "Conscious" Damian O'Neill 3:14
2. "Chain of Love" J. J. O'Neill 2:59
3. "Soul Seven" J. J. O'Neill 2:33
4. "The Love Parade" Damian O'Neill, Michael Bradley 3:26
5. "Save Me" William Robinson, Warren "Pete" Moore, Robert Rogers* 2:31
6. "The Sin of Pride" Damian O'Neill, Michael Bradley 4:36
Bonus tracks (issued on CD and download releases only)
No. Title Written by Length
1. "The Love Parade (12" version)" Damian O'Neill, Michael Bradley* 5:07
2. "Like That" J. J. O'Neill, Michael Bradley 3:04
3. "You're Welcome (live version)" J. J. O'Neill 3:48
4. "Crisis Of Mine (live version)" J. J. O'Neill 3:30
5. "Family Entertainment (live version)" Damian O'Neill 2:52
6. "Turning Blue" J. J. O'Neill 2:35
7. "Bye Bye Baby Blue" J. J. O'Neill, Michael Bradley 3:17
8. "Window Shopping For New Clothes" J. J. O'Neill 2:14
9. "Bittersweet" J. J. O'Neill 5:07
10. "I Can Only Dream" J. J. O'Neill 7:49
11. "You Stand So Close (But You're Never There)" J. J. O'Neill, Damian O'Neill 3:08

"It would be untrue to say The Sin of Pride is the sound of The Undertones breaking up, but my memories of the recording sessions are not the happiest. The tensions between Feargal and the rest of the band—John especially—were beginning to become more noticeable. Of course, if Positive Touch had been a huge success, we could have worked around those tensions. But it didn't, and suddenly, when we looked below us, the wheels were starting to come off."

Michael Bradley, reflecting on the internal tensions within The Undertones (2009)[7]


The Undertones
Additional musicians
  • Mike Hedges – engineering, mixing
  • Leo Peppas – engineering
  • Nigel Green – engineering
  • Andy Pierce – remastering (2009 Compact Disc re-release)


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "The Undertones / Hypnotised / Positive Touch / The Sin of Pride: Anthology". 12 August 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "The Sin of Pride: Review by Thom Jurek". 12 September 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  4. ^ The Montreal Gazette 9 April 1986
  5. ^ Chart 13 March - 19 March 1983
  6. ^ "Feargal Sharkey: Look Sharp!". 1986-06-05. Retrieved 2017-01-28. 
  7. ^ Sleeve notes for Positive Touch/The Sin of Pride 2009 CD reissue p. 4

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