The Television Personalities’ And Don’t The Kids Just Love It is one of my favorite albums, and I wish a lot more people appreciated it. That’s why I gushed about it for 10Listens’ “Classic and Unappreciated” series:
If you really wanted to, you could certainly classify The Television Personalities’ And Don’t The Kids Just Love It as a punk rock record. Most of its songs are short, catchy, energetic, ramshackle, and irreverent. Yet TVPs frontman Dan Treacy probably isn’t anyone’s idea of a prototypical punk. He seems like he wouldn’t last 3 minutes at a late-70s Sex Pistols show before there was nothing left of him but a tattered sweater and a red stain on the floor. It’s not simply because he’s the kind of lad who’d sing about spending his days writing silly poems for a girl who doesn’t love him back. The Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley, for instance, sang about hopeless romanticism, but his voice had an edge that suggested he could still hold his own amid a horde of slam-dancing hooligans. Dan Treacy, on the other hand, frequently sounds like a younger, wimpier version of the chap from Wallace & Gromit. And his guitars sound not like methamphetamines and barbed wire, but like shattered dreams and reluctantly obedient schoolchildren.