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Madness - Let's just hope they don't die for entertainment.
on 14 January 2000
Johnny the horse was kicked to death, he died for entertainment. This song, the second on the album, is my absolute favourite Madness song ever. As the song effortlessly surfs on the crest of a wave created by Mike Barson's key tapping, the story of a band from 1979 to 1999 is told. As often happens, the jovial melody and plucky beat hides the lyrical excellence of a Madness song, cast in gold. This high point is never recovered later on the album, but there are other tracks that show, there are still a few ideas left. Communicator sees a return to the Ska roots, and Drip fed Fred chugs along just like the career of this very determined band.
Terry Edwards adds saxaphone sounds to this album which in points adds a little spice to the overall sound and is better off for it.
Overall, I would say, there is something for every age of fan, poppy Wizard and Elysium being the best of the unmentioned tracks so far, but Wonderful is sadly not as mighty as One Step Beyond and Absolutely.
Yesterday's Men hang on to today......