Genre: Alternative
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,


That Petrol Emotion Babble (Expanded Edition) 2LP (Black Vinyl)

That Petrol Emotion

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Coming August 19, 2022 pre-order your copy today! Orders with both pre-order and in stock items will have all in stock items shipped immediately!

35th Anniversary Expanded Edition on Double LP.

Following the split of The Undertones, John O'Neill 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 first a new songwriting project and then a new band, playing a couple of gigs with a drum machine and Gorman's 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 John's brother and former Undertones lead guitarist Damian O'Neill who turned down an invitation to join Dexy's Midnight Runners in order to play bass for 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 band's 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 Stone Magazine critics and receiving an A- 'grade' from journalist Robert Christgau. In the UK, the single "Big Decision" charted at number 42. This would be the band's highest chart position for a single release.

...Babble brought more clever madness onto the scene, happily cutting Sean and Damian O'Neill's diversified punk influences with dance music, hook-laden pop, and a streak of acerbic political and social commentary.... Despite the hooks that bled from every busted seam, Babble seemed to bask in the glow of a freshly lit car fire....That Petrol Emotion didn't just set the fires - they took time to watch them burn. Arriving at a flux point in pop music, Babble became a bridge album between blissfully ignorant dance, radio-ready pop and the remaining sentiment of punk rock. It wasn't just a call-to-arms snapshot at the end of a decade, but a prominent influence on the coming Brit-pop revolution.
-Johnny Loftus,, 4.5/5 stars


  • 35th Anniversary Expanded Edition
  • Double LP
  • Black Vinyl
  • New Liner Notes
  • Bonus Tracks


  1. Swamp
  2. Spin Cycle
  3. For What It's Worth
  4. Big Decision
  5. Static
  6. Split!
  7. Belly Bugs
  8. In the Playpen
  9. Inside
  10. Chester Burnette
  11. Creeping to the Cross

Bonus Tracks:

  1. Big Decision (Extended Version)
  2. Swamp (Extended Remix)
  3. Creeping to the Cross (7-Inch Edit)
  4. Soul Deep (B-Side)
  5. Dance Your Ass Off (B-Side)

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