The best thing about Madness in their pomp? It's not that they were anti-intellectual liberators from Stuffyville (which is precisely what they were in 1979+). They were bloody good songwriters - and bloody good musicians, too.
And in addition to those talents, they were bloody bright, as well. So sod your high culture and yer 'poertry', (I've had my fill of that), I like Baggy Trousers and the real good old days, with fights and petty rivalries - and a kind of social cohesion that was purged from my world some decades or so ago and will probably never be seen again in this country. It's a bloody, stinking mess, is what it is.
But not in my 'ouse.