David Corio

Feargal Sharkey of The Undertones

Holloway Road launderette, London, UK
(August 11, 1979)

I’d met Feargal as he left a rehersal room on Holloway Road in north London late one evening. I shot some portraits of him under a street light as I didn’t have any lights or flashgun with me. It occurred to me as we passed a launderette that this was the best lit location in sight and that’s how this photo happened. It was a quiet session as Feargal didn’t speak much and I tend to go with the subject’s mood.

The Undertones were a great pop punk band from Derry in Northern Ireland and Feargal’s distinctive quavering voice made them stand out. The band’s first album ‘The Undertones’ featuring the classic song ‘Teenage Kicks’ John Peel’s favourite song of all time had been released not long before I took this picture.

Feargal Sharkey of The Undertones