The Undertones

Family Entertainment

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The opening track on the Undertones' near-perfect debut album, "Family Entertainment" is one of the reasons why they were tagged with the title "Northern Ireland's answer to the Ramones" for the first several years of their existence. The simple ramalama melody, the plodding rhythm section of bassist Michael Bradley and drummer Billy Doherty (both of whom would become much more skilled by the end of the band's career -- heck, by the time recording sessions for this album were over!), and the punky call and response of the "Keep it in the family" chorus all mark this song as simplistic bubble-punk. The thing is, it's really really good simplistic bubble-punk, with exactly the same sort of effortless grace that the best Ramones singles always had.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Undertones 1979 Rykodisc 2:37
No Image 1982 Ardeck
No Image 1986 Sire
The Singles Box Set 2001 Essential Records