You've Got My Number (Why Don't You Use It?) - 2:37
Let's Talk About Girls - 3:37
My Perfect Cousin - 2:37
Hard Luck (Again) - 3:40
I Don't Wanna See You Again - 0:45
Overview: This two-disc set is more or less a belated CD issue of the 1983 compilation All Wrapped Up, thankfully replacing the icky cover photo of the earlier set with a more appropriate group shot. However, Undertones completists and trainspotters might balk at some of the seemingly arbitrary track substitutions made on this issue: For example, the singles from 1981's The Positive Touch, "Julie Ocean" and "Life's Too Easy," were completely re-recorded for their 7" release, but this set uses the original album versions. Similarly, Hypnotised's album track "Hard Luck" appears instead of the looser remake "Hard Luck (Again)," which was the flip of the "My Perfect Cousin" single. (These alternate takes are readily available on the Essential and Rykodisc expanded reissues of the four original albums.) Those minor nitpicks aside, True Confessions hits the highest points of the Undertones' career, which almost invariably occurred on their singles. Besides the obvious classics "Get Over You" and "Teenage Kicks," gems like "Mars Bars," "My Perfect Cousin," and "Wednesday Week" are among the finest punk-pop songs of their era. Though the Undertones never got the attention they were due in the U.S. and were largely ignored in the U.K. after their first couple of albums, they remain one of the most vital groups of their time, and one of the few whose best work sounds as fresh now as it did when it was released.
Credits: Bush Hollyhead - Artwork, Sleeve Art Hugh Gilmour - Art Direction, Package Design Ian Wright - Artwork, Sleeve Art Paul Lester - Associate Editor, Text Steve Hammonds - Project Coordinator The Undertones - Main Performer