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Madness are an English ska band from Camden Town, north London, who formed in 1976. One of the most prominent bands of the late-1970s and early-1980s two-tone ska revival, they continue to perform with six of the seven members of their classic line-up.

Madness achieved most of their success in the early to mid-1980s. Both Madness and UB40 spent 214 weeks on the UK singles charts over the course of the decade, holding the record for most weeks spent by a group in the 1980s UK singles charts. However, Madness did so in a shorter time period (1980–1986).

Madness have had 15 singles reach the UK top ten, which include “One Step Beyond”, “Baggy Trousers” and “It Must Be Love”, one UK number one single (“House of Fun”) and two number ones in Ireland, “House of Fun” and “Wings of a Dove”. “Our House” was their biggest US hit. In 2000 the band received the Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors for Outstanding Song Collection.


Complete Madness – Group Line – up Wikipedia

I first started hearing Madness in 1979 with their One Step Beyond track and thought ‘What the hell?’, but the more l listened to the beat, the crazy ska beat the more l really loved this band. They were not everyone’s cup of tea, my sister and my parents all hated them with a passion – but l thought they were zonkers! A really cool band!I was also a devout follower of the ska dance style, which l later adapted into UB40 dance moves and then adapted it further to incorporate my much loved House Music.

Here’s my Top Twelve of favourites – now were you a Madness Fan as well and if so, what were your favourite tracks? Let me know below.

It Must Be Love – 1982

Our House – 1982

Driving in My Car – 1982

One Step Beyond – 1979

The Harder They Come – 1992

House of Fun – 1982

Wings of a Dove – 1984

The Prince – 1979

My Girl – 1979

One Better Day –  1984

Never Knew Your Name –  2012

NW5 – 2009


So there we go folks Madness


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