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Madness: Keep Moving (Geffen)

Richard Riegel, Creem, July 1984

MADNESS WARNED us as long ago as 1979 that they intended to "move with the times" as new pop fashions scudded across that fickle London sky, so it was easy to forgive them their quasi-ska Prince Nutty myth crap. Unlike the more ethnic-minded Specials, Madness didn't give a hoot about ska as such, but they used it to tart up the clever-goof routines they'd derived from the English music hall (home of their true "ethnic" heritage).

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