The Correct Use of Soap is the third album by British post-punk band Magazine, released by Virgin Records in 1980. It marks a return to form of sorts to the punkier riffs and faster rhythms of Real Life after their more experimental album Secondhand Daylight. As such, it contains some of Magazine's best-known and most popular songs, including the singles "A Song from Under the Floorboards" and "Sweetheart Contract" and their cover of Sly & The Family Stone's "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)". This was their last album with original guitarist John McGeoch, who left the band after the release of the album and joined Siouxsie And The Banshees then moved on to Visage, formed by his bandmates Dave Formula and Barry Adamson. He was replaced by Robin Simon (ex-Ultravox, now with Ajantamusic) to the world tour, promoting the album. Magazine would go on to release one more studio album; 1981's Magic, Murder and the Weather, but this album is generally regarded as the end of Magazine and Devoto's most productive and innovative period.
A different version of this album was released in Canada in 1980, by then distributor Polygram Records. This version was titled An Alternative Use of