Madness
Est. 1979
London
England

Bio

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Along with the Specials, Madness were one of the leading bands of the ska revival of the late '70s and early '80s. As their career progressed, Madness branched away from their trademark "nutty sound" and incorporated large elements of Motown, soul, and British pop. Although the band managed one crossover American hit in 1983, they remained a British phenomenon, influencing several successive generations of musicians and becoming one of the most beloved groups the country produced during the '80s.

The origins of Madness lie in a ska group known as the Invaders, which was formed by Mike Barson, Chris Foreman, and Lee Thompson in 1976. By 1978, the band had changed their name to Morris and the Minors and had added Graham "Suggs" McPherson, Mark Bedford, Chas Smash, and Dan Woodgate to the group. In 1979, they changed their name to Madness, in homage to one of their favorite Prince Buster songs. Later that year, Madness released their debut single, a tribute to Prince Buster entitled "The Prince," on Two-Tone. The song was a surprise success, reaching the British Top 20. Following its success, the band signed a record contract with Stiff Records and released another Prince Buster song, "One Step Beyond," which climbed to number seven.

The Jukebox pick


(of ~300 collected tracks)


Madness - The Liberty Of Norton Folgate

10.0.png “Utterly perfect Cerebral Pop”

From their album “The Liberty Of Norton Folgate” (Lucky Seven LUCKY7003-CD) released in 2009.
tjr.png With more movements than a vintage Barcelona performance, this kaleidoscopic and evocative extravagazna bobs n weaves it's way 'round the Norton Folgate in a carefree adventure, ne'r to be forgotten.

Albums Discography

“A-list”

Album # Year Billing Title spotify2.png Label Type # Time Rating Headline review Prevalent genre(s) Buy
Debut album 1979 Madness One Step Beyond spotify.png Stiff Records SEEZ-17 studio album • new music 15 38ː53 8.80 “A classic” Ska / Rocksteady Buy at Amazon UKBuy at Amazon USAGet it on i-Tunes
Album # 2 1980 Madness Absolutely spotify.png Stiff Records SEEZ-29 studio album • new music 14 39ː15 9.41 “A masterpiece” Ska / Rocksteady Buy at Amazon UKBuy at Amazon USAGet it on i-Tunes
Album # 3 1981 Madness 7 Stiff Records SEEZ-39 studio album • new music 13 38ː35 8.56 “A classic” Pop; Reggae Buy at Amazon UKBuy at Amazon USAGet it on i-Tunes
Album # 4 1982 Madness The Rise And Fall Stiff Records SEEZ-46 studio album • new music 13 43ː04 8.01 “Excellent” Cerebral Pop; Reggae Buy at Amazon UKBuy at Amazon USAGet it on i-Tunes
Album # 5 1984 Madness Keep Moving Stiff Records SEEZ-53 studio album • new music 12 43ː18 7.60 “Brilliant” Cerebral Pop Buy at Amazon UKBuy at Amazon USAGet it on i-Tunes
Album # 6 1985 Madness Mad Not Mad Zarjazz JZLP-1 studio album • new music 10 42ː19 6.84 “Good” Cerebral Pop; Pop Buy at Amazon UKBuy at Amazon USAGet it on i-Tunes
Album # 7 1988 The Madness The Madness Virgin CDV-2507 studio album • new music 14 58ː20 4.91 “Poor” tba Buy at Amazon UKBuy at Amazon USA
Album # 8 1999 Madness Wonderful Virgin VVIPD-107 studio album • new music 11 41ː54 Buy at Amazon UKBuy at Amazon USAGet it on i-Tunes
Album # 9 2005 Madness The Dangerman Sessions Volume 1 Go! Discs 828-367-2 studio album • new music 13 37ː22 Buy at Amazon UKBuy at Amazon USAGet it on i-Tunes
Album # 10 2009 Madness The Liberty Of Norton Folgate Virgin CDV-2889 studio album • new music 15 59ː00 7.83 “Brilliant” Crooner / Cabaret; Reggae Buy at Amazon UKBuy at Amazon USAGet it on i-Tunes
Album # 11 2012 Madness Oui Oui, Si Si, Ja Ja, Da Da V2 VVR-1033232 studio album • new music 11 37ː29 Buy at Amazon UKBuy at Amazon USAGet it on i-Tunes
Album # 12 2016 Madness Can’t Touch Us Now Lucky Seven LUCKY7003-CD studio album • new music 16 58ː59 Buy at Amazon UKBuy at Amazon USAGet it on i-Tunes
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“B-list”

Year Billing Title spotify2.png Label Type # Time Rating Headline review Prevalent genre(s) Buy
1990 Madness It’s… Madness Lucky Seven COOKCD-573X studio album • new music 16 47ː49 7.61 “Brilliant” Pop; Ska / Rocksteady; Reggae Buy at Amazon UKBuy at Amazon USA
1992 Madness Madstock Universal UMC ‎4797617 studio album • new music 18 62ː22 6.89 “Good” tba Buy at Amazon UKBuy at Amazon USAGet it on i-Tunes
notes.png There is no intention to be complete with any of the “B-lists”.




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