The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - LISTINGS MUSIC - Tony Clay­ton-Lea

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Christ­mas is the sea­son for panto and com­edy gigs, and Mad­ness in many ways com­bine the two. The long-in-the-teeth Lon­don­ers have man­aged to nur­ture a stop-start ca­reer over the years while still main­tain­ing their sta­tus as cher­ished ’80s pop­sters. No one goes to a Mad­ness gig to hear a set that doesn’t in­clude the likes of Our House, Baggy Trousers, One Step Be­yond, My Girl, Em­bar­rass­ment, Wings of a Dove and Driv­ing in my Car – sturdy hits that en­sured the self-styled nutty men be­came cred­i­ble sur­vivors. The band’s main­stream suc­cess may have dried up in the ’90s, but they are def­i­nitely more than just a fond me­mory, and if we don’t see grown men and women, who re­ally should know bet­ter, dance the nutty dance this com­ing Sun­day, we’ll be very sur­prised.

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