Picks and Pans Review: The Very Best of the Undertones

updated 11/28/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/28/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

The Undertones

Other late '70s relics, like disco and bell-bottoms, have made a comeback. Even Jimmy Carter has resurfaced. So it's about time one of the best power-pop bands of the punk era got some respect. The Undertones, who disbanded in 1983 before they could really gain a big American following, were sort of an Irish version of the Ramones. They were young louts whose songs were short, loud, hook-laden gems that softened punk with catchy melodies. The cheeky attitude that poured out in "More Songs about Chocolate and Girls" and "My Perfect Cousin" still sounds as hip and fun as it did 15 years ago. If you missed the Undertones the first time, this CD will ensure that you don't make the same mistake twice. (Rykodisc)

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