Here Today: The New Wave revival

Something's afoot at the Camden Palace. A dodgy indie disco, usually frequented by drop-outs with long, lanky hair and Suede T-shirts, its habitues have gone all smart. Suddenly, everyone's turning up in natty suits, shirts and ties: especially the girls. The unisex hairstyle is a short, slick bob, tucked beneath one ear. It all looks so very . . . early Eighties.

THEATRE / Lusting out all over: Paul Taylor on Max Stafford-Clark's production of The Country Wife at The Swan

'He who lusts last, lasts longest,' quips the randy GP in Alan Bennett's Habeas Corpus. It's a sentiment that could be applied to the two main versions this summer of The Country Wife, Wycherley's darkly astute Restoration comedy about a man who feigns impotence to get his leg over other people's wives.

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IAN DURY has - used to have - something of a reputation as an awkward customer, but the RSC press office said he was a pussy-cat, and that seems to be the image he's trying to project. Which is not to say that he isn't genuinely affable; but he is noticeably concerned that people might get the wrong idea. He's worried by references to drink and drugs, and particularly hurt by an allegation last year (untrue, he insists) that he once threatened to have somebody chain-whipped: 'Suppose my mother read that?'

ROCK / Cracking the Nutty Boys: Beery nostalgia, laddish boisterousness and a bunch of ordinary blokes: Andy Gill on Madness in Finsbury Park

AS YOU skirt the perimeter fence between the car-park and the entrance, before you have even got into the concert, you see the leaflets littering the grass outside. 'On Sale Soon', they read. 'The Video Of This Concert'. Blimey, you think, give us a chance to help you finish making the damn thing before you try to sell it back to us . . .
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