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My Baby's Laughing (Empty Summer Dream)

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Those out of the loop on the last few years of Mark Perry and his latest ATV may be surprised by this single and the Peep Show album, but a nicer, even horn-laden Perry, doing lighthearted pop, turns out to be every bit as worthwhile as "Action Time Vision" or "Viva Le Rock 'n' Roll" in the old punk days. One could see Madness doing a version of this, in fact. Of course, this is also an album track -- one of the few upbeat lyrics on it -- but the two acoustic B-sides are not, and find Perry back to a certain gloomy anguish.