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A Brief Case History Of Madness

Mark Williams, Proteus Books, 1982

Their condition as carriers of a fast reggae hybrid, ska, was first diagnosed in 1979. This nutty sound was then transmitted to an increasingly larger audience until the success of their first 2-Tone single, 'The Prince', prompted Stiff Records to commit them (to a long-term contract). Since then three platinum albums and a number one video bear witness to the epidemic proportions of their popularity to which, happily, there seems to be no known cure.

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