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Following the split of John ONeil bands former band the Undertones, the
guitarist and principal songwriter returned to his hometown of Derry and teamed
up with friend and fellow guitarist Raymond Gorman (ex- Bam Bam And The
Calling) the two formed frst a new songwriting project and then a new band,
playing a couple of gigs with a drum machine and Gormans then-girlfriend as a
singer. Another friend, drummer Ciaran McLaughlin (formerly with The Corner
Boys), but who had also played a few Undertones gigs covering for an absent Billy
Doherty) was the next member to join. In autumn 1984, the nascent That Petrol
Emotion relocated to London, where the existing three members were joined by
Johns brother and former Undertones lead guitarist Damiel ONeil who turned
down an invitation to join Dexys Midnight Runners in order to work with TPE).
Seattle- born American singer Steve Mack (at the time, on a year out from his
studies and working in a pizzeria ) completed the lineup. In 2020, comedian Paul
Whitehouse revealed that he had unsuccessfully auditioned for the band during
this period.
This, The bands second album and major label debut (released in 1987) broke
into the UK Album Chart and won universal acclaim, being voted as one of the
albums of the year by Rolling Strone Magazine critics, and receiving an A- grade
from Robert Christgau. In the UK, the single "Big Decision" charted at number 42.
This would be the bands highest chart position for a single release.
12X2 Indie Exclusive Blue Vinyl Tracks: Swamp / Spin Cycle / For What Its
Worth / Big Decision / Static / Split / Belly Bags / In The Playpen / Inside /
Chester Burnette / Creeping To The Cross / Big Decision (Extended) / Swamp
(Extended) / Creeping To The Cross (7 Inch) / Soul Deep (B-Side) / Dance Your
Ass Off (B-Side)

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