Madness carried the ska. While much of the 2-Tone roster quickly changed their sounds (before imploding) Madness took their ska-music-hall sound to the top of the charts (even in North America!), relinquishing the ska more gradually. While Madness never had a throat-grabbing punk-fueled album like The Specials or The English Beat that deep songbook of theirs, loaded with hummable hooks, clever instrumental interplay and sharp-eyed lyrics, gives them special placing in the 2-Tone hierarchy.
So, where do you rank Madness amidst the all the other ska-maniacs of the the 2-Tone era? Please leave us a comment!
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