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Madness

From humble beginnings to Playing the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, there’s no stopping Madness.

03

Aug
6:00PM

Madness

Scarborough Open Air Theatre
From: £29.50

From humble beginnings to Playing the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, there’s no stopping Madness.

Bio

Madness’ debut single ‘The Prince’ (another tribute to Prince Buster) was written by Kix and was released on 2Tone Records. The label was owned by Jerry Dammers of The Specials. Madness performed the song on Top of the Pops.

The band’s debut album One Step Beyond. was released on Stiff Records (home to Elvis Costello and Ian Dury) in 1979. As well as releasing the title track as a single, they also released ‘My Girl’ and the ‘Work Rest and Play EP’, which featured ‘Night Boat To Cairo’.

In 1980, Madness’ second album Absolutely was released. The album reached number two in the UK album charts and spawned some of Madness’ most successful singles, including ‘Baggy Trousers’ and ‘Embarrassment’.

1981 saw the release of Madness’ third studio album, entitled 7. Three hit singles were released from the album – ‘Grey Day’, ‘Shut Up’ and ‘Cardiac Arrest’. All three were Top 20 hits in the UK. At the end of the year they also released another of their biggest hits: a cover of Labi Siffre’s ‘It Must Be Love’.

The following year, Madness released ‘House of Fun’, the only number one hit of their career to date. They played the song live on the sitcom The Young Ones, which starred Rik Mayall, Ade Edmonson and Nigel Planer.

Madness’ fourth studio album was entitled The Rise and Fall and was released in 1982. ‘Our House’ was the most prominent single to be released from the album. It was around this time that Monsieur Barso decided that he wanted to take a break from touring. The band was joined instead by James Mackie, who made his live debut with the band on an episode of the US TV show Saturday Night Live.

From humble beginnings to Playing the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, there’s no stopping Madness.

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