...And Don't the Kids Just Love It

...And Don't the Kids Just Love It is the debut album by English post-punk band Television Personalities, released in January 1981 by Rough Trade Records. It was recorded in 1980 by the lineup of Dan Treacy, Ed Ball, and Mark Sheppard. The album marked the band members' first full-length work, following several singles recorded with various associated projects, including 'O' Level and Teenage Filmstars.[3]

...And Don't the Kids Just Love It
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1981 (1981-01)
StudioMount Pleasant (London)
LabelRough Trade
ProducerVic Hammersmith-Broadway
Television Personalities chronology
...And Don't the Kids Just Love It
Mummy Your Not Watching Me
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Record Collector5/5 stars[4]
Record Mirror5/5 stars[5]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[6]

The album's cover features a photograph of model, actress, and singer Twiggy with actor Patrick Macnee, best known for his role in the British television series The Avengers.[8]

Fire Records reissued the album in 1990 and 2009 in the United Kingdom, while Razor & Tie reissued it in 1995 in the United States. In 2002, Pitchfork listed ...And Don't the Kids Just Love It as the 64th best album of the 1980s.[9]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Dan Treacy.

Side one
1."This Angry Silence"2:39
2."The Glittering Prizes"3:01
3."World of Pauline Lewis"2:38
4."A Family Affair"2:36
5."Silly Girl"2:49
6."Diary of a Young Man"3:59
7."Geoffrey Ingram"2:15
Side two
1."I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives"2:34
2."Jackanory Stories"3:04
3."Parties in Chelsea"1:41
4."La Grande Illusion"3:33
5."A Picture of Dorian Gray"2:13
6."The Crying Room"1:59
7."Look Back in Anger"2:40


Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[10]

Television Personalities

The sleeve notes assign a fictitious production credit to "Vic Hammersmith-Broadway", a reference to producer Vic Coppersmith-Heaven. The album was in fact produced by the band.


Chart (1981) Peak
UK Independent Albums (Record Business)[11] 19


  1. ^ Earles, Andrew (2004). "Television Personalities: ...And Don't the Kids Just Love It". In Cooper, Kim; Smay, David (eds.). Lost in the Grooves: Scram's Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed. Routledge. pp. 231–32. ISBN 0-415-96998-0.
  2. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Television Personalities". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b Mason, Stewart. "...And Don't the Kids Just Love It – Television Personalities". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  4. ^ Rigby, Paul (June 2009). "Television Personalities – And Don't The Kids Just Love It". Record Collector. No. 363. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  5. ^ Shearlaw, John (28 March 1981). "Television Personalities: And Don't the Kids Just Love It". Record Mirror. p. 16.
  6. ^ Kreilkamp, Ivan (1995). "Television Personalities". In Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig (eds.). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. pp. 399–400. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  7. ^ Wirth, Jim (August 2017). "Television Personalities: ...And Don't the Kids Just Love It / Mummy, Your Not Watching Me / They Could Have Been Bigger Than the Beatles / The Painted Word". Uncut. No. 243. p. 47.
  8. ^ Hesse, Josiah M. (1 March 2011). "Fingers of the Sun: Under 1960s Revivalism With No Apologies". PopMatters. p. 2. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  9. ^ "The Top 100 Albums of the 1980s". Pitchfork. 20 November 2002. p. 4. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  10. ^ ...And Don't the Kids Just Love It (liner notes). Television Personalities. Rough Trade Records. 1981. ROUGH 24.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  11. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). "The TV Personalities". Indie Hits 1980–1989: The Complete U.K. Independent Charts (Singles & Albums). Cherry Red Books. ISBN 978-0-9517206-9-1. Archived from the original on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2020.