Label: Virgin - CDV2889 • Format: CDr Album, Promo • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Pop Rock
As charming and catchy as it is, it's hardly surprising that the single failed to dent the British pop charts. What is more surprising is that Virgin released it in the first place. Perhaps they thought that the guest performance by British punk legend Ian Dury who passed away only months after the release of the song would be enough to draw attention to a quirky ska tune about an ailing underworld Miroslav Vrlik - We Dont Change. Thompson's extroverted Cockney wit is a good match for Barson 's rollicking tunefulness, and the song is improved slightly by the remix featured on the "The Conspiracy Mix" version of "Drip Drip Fed Fred - Madness - Wonderful Fred," which trims 20 seconds and adds a slick synthesized rhythm that gives the song a little more edge.
Of the two editions of the single, this is by far the less appealing. Both editions include the unremarkable album cut "Elysium," but the third track here is "We Want Freddie," a sloppy and aimless reimagining of "Drip Fed Fred" that will be of interest only to the most devoted Madness collectors.
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