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In the old days, the Undertones never wanted to stop being teenagers. They didn’t want to leave their hometown of Derry, Northern Ireland, because that would mean leaving their girlfriends. When the band did tour, everyone argued over who got the front seat. And once, they even called up New Music Express to inform the mag that their drummer had died. (He hadn’t.) Maybe all of this explains why the band broke up. Maybe it also sheds some light on how the Undertones created some of the most perfect pop-punk embodiments of pimply lust and teenage kicks ever. Over groaning power chords, boy harmonies, and hand-claps, vocalist Feargal Sharkey uttered the lines that basically described your thought patterns 24 hours a day: “I wanna hold ya/Wanna hold ya tight/Get teenage kicks right through the night.” Well, at least you could dream. Unfortunately, the band didn’t dream about the record business, royalties, or much of anything else besides girls and Mars bars. But now, the guys have done the grown-up thing—put out a DVD bio, re-formed for a tour, and a cut a new album, Get What You Need, that picks up where they left off: “Do you remember I used to say/All the sweetest things to make you stay.” Come back when the Undertones play with the Deep Six at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6, on the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-7960. (Jason Cherkis)