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Busted: Apollo, Manchester

Dave Simpson, The Guardian, 29 May 2003

EARLIER THIS WEEK it emerged that government expenditure of £650m has failed to make much of an impact on truancy. Perhaps it's time ministers consulted these young experts, Busted. The scampish threesome's hit 'That's What I Go to School For' suggests more children would go to school if all teachers were like Miss Mackenzie, a racy, 33-year-old "older woman". The mischievous but funny song — "Can't tell my friends 'cos they will laugh/ I love a member of staff" — has led Busted's young audience to approach education in a different way. Half of them wear school uniforms, though admittedly not in a manner their parents would approve of.

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