NEW MUSIC EAR 1980s - MADNESS - "ABSOLUTELY"
MADNESS "ABSOLUTELY" 1980 BAGGY TROUSERS - The opening track was the one that got me hooked on Madness, I wasn't really into Two Tone or Ska at this point but their qurky sound was so unique. It was a slice of infectious Pop with a little Punk, and the catchy qualities of Pop. Sheer class. EMBARRASSMENT - A darker tone on this track, and a little more New Wave Pop than previous Madness tracks. It was apparently about band member Lee Thompson's sister being pregnant by a black man. Although the lyrics were darker, the slightly upbeat music kept it light. E.R.N.I.E. - This is a "nursery rhyme" style chirpy little Ska ditty that is thoroughly engaging and experimental with almost fairground style backing. Also the backing vocals make it sound a little more Punk. CLOSE ESCAPE - This is more a Ska Punk track. Reminds me of Ian Dury and that style of quirky jagged tempo. NOT HOME TODAY - The beat and