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August 15, 1993|DENNIS HUNT

"THE MALADY LINGERS ON"

Morrissey

Warner Reprise Video ($16.98)

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If the world were suddenly ending, Morrissey would probably be singing some peppy pop ditty about it. Kids love the irreverence of his happy-go-lucky nihilism and get zings out of the unsettling contrasts between his somber perceptions and the energized rock backing.

As you'd expect, the videos in this often riveting 28-minute collection--including "Tomorrow" and "My Love Life"--don't revolve around any fancy concepts. But who needs them? When Morrissey is just sitting on the beach or cruising in a Rolls-Royce, there are ominous vibes. In these moody clips, simplicity and understatement generate plenty of tension.

Items in this periodic survey of pop-related books, videocassettes and laser discs are rated on a scale of one star (poor) to five (classic).

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