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Punk had dribbled dry by the time Madness got in their stride, but, with the rest of the Ska crowd, they retained its tension and urgency: they put it in a pan and they kept the lid on. Everybody cherishes memories of Suggs, Chas, Dave, Dee, Dozy, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grub. Madness meant playground scraps and nabbing your first French kiss and learning the songs from Look-in. Your mates liked them, the roughs on the estate who bullied your dog liked them. Best of all, they were the only band to hit number one with a song about rubber johnnies (what joy when the lyrics were explained to you).

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MUSIC / Underated: Frankly, Mr Shankly: The case for the last Smith's album

At one time, no lawyer in the country could uphold a case for the Smiths being underrated. The hiccup came in September 1987, when their last album, Strangeways, Here We Come, was released to a press that teetered on Johnny Marr's every wah-wah. They turned on it. It quickly became what Morrissey had reaped a career out of being - misunderstood and unloved.

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'A LOT of life where I am is about how to deal with dark things. Finland has the worst alcoholic problems. Norway has huge problems with violence in homes. And Sweden, as everyone knows, has Europe's highest suicide rate. Not to mention Iceland. Iceland is . . . yeah.'

ROCK / Only the lonely

TRANQUIL and melting, the first 10 seconds of Morrissey's Vauxhall and I (Parlophone) are a joy. The 39 minutes and 44 seconds which follow work the swoon glands to the limit. For Vauxhall and I is a sumptuous listen that unites the pastoral and the urban in lush arrangements. Never mind his best solo album; this is up there with the Smiths.

ROCK / Merry Easter, Mr Bowie,you're back on form: David Bowie's new album is his best in donkey's years, they say. But they're not sure they want you to hear it. Ben Thompson got hold of a copy

'AND THIS,' as Mike Yarwood, colossus of TV impersonation, used to say towards the end of his show, 'is me.' But Yarwood's audience didn't want him to be himself, they wanted him to be Denis Healey. And so it's been with David Bowie for the past 10 years or so. Each time he has reappeared, it has been as the 'real' David Bowie; all the hype has been about the absence of the disguises and contrivance that made him famous and interesting in the first place, and the world has not stifled a yawn.

ROCK / Heaven knows he's tedious now

You couldn't ask for a much more imposing venue than the Alexandra Palace - a great reconstructed Victorian greenhouse, perched on North London's only mountain range, with the splendour of Wood Green stretched out beneath. A hard rain lashes the rustic-style car-park as troops of bedraggled Morrissey loyalists make their way up the hill. Outcasts from respectable society, they are hoping for something special from a man who, after August's Finsbury Park debacle, has plenty to prove in this neck of the woods.
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