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Madness: The Italian Nutty Brigade

Report and Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, 25 October 1980

All aboard the trans-Europe express as Madness go from Rome to Amsterdam, by Paolo Hewitt ...


Madness (2002)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 20 December 2002

Chas Smash, joined by Suggs and Mike Barson, looks back at Madness then and now, Our House the Musical, reunions (theirs and others'), Buddhism, domesticity, and not doing Live Aid!

File format: mp3 File size: 42mb Interview length: 45' 50"; Sound quality: ****


Madness: Dublin Castle, London

Live Review by Mark Williams, Melody Maker, 13 June 1979

THE NAME says it all. ...

The Specials, Madness, The Selecter: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, 4 August 1979

In the heat of the night ...

2-Tone: Ska Authentic And More.

Report by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 6 October 1979


Madness: One Step Beyond (Stiff)

Review by Deanne Pearson, New Musical Express, 27 October 1979

Blue Feat ...

Madness: Blue Beat and Pork Pies

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 24 November 1979

Not so much New Boots and Panties, more a case of...Blue Beat and Pork Pies. Britain in the grip of Madness. Report by Garry Bushell. ...

Madness: Nice Band, Shame About The Fans

Report and Interview by Deanne Pearson, New Musical Express, 24 November 1979

Deanne Pearson puts the cat among the pigeons and scotches some nasty rumours. ...

They Call It Madness

Profile and Interview by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 29 November 1979

Dr. Hepworth dons a white coat and investigates... ...

A Touch Of Madness

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, 15 December 1979

DOWN AT Acquarius Records an assistant keeps rushing out to put out more copies of 'One Step Beyond'. He's kept pretty busy. They're being bought ...

Madness: Hurrah, New York NY

Live Review by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, 22 December 1979

THERE'S NO tradition of ska being popular in America. Millie Small and Desmond Dekker each had one novelty hit a piece, and that's it. But ...

Madness: Bluebeat and Sax

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 2 February 1980

GARRY BUSHELL takes advantage of a brand new page logo to talk technical turkey with LEE 'KIX' THOMPSON and discovers that madness is a Selmer ...

Madness: When The Screaming Had To Start

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, 23 February 1980

"'ERE, SUGGSY...'Ere, Suggs." ...

Madness: One Step Beyond (Sire Records 0085)

Review by Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 February 1980

The Nutty Sound ...

Madness in the USA

Report and Interview by Mark Williams, Melody Maker, 15 March 1980

Today the UK. Tomorrow the USA? Next week, the world? Are Madness about to get everybody up and dancing again? MARK WILLIAMS sits down and ...

Madness: The Whisky, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 5 April 1980

Prince Buster cracks LA at last ...

Madness: The Importance of Being Nutty

Interview by Mike Stand, Smash Hits, 17 April 1980

Mike Stand diagnoses Madness ... ...

Madness: The Mad Hatter's TV Party

Report and Interview by Danny Baker, New Musical Express, 4 October 1980



Profile by Garry Bushell, Dance Craze, 1981

I WAS STUCK on a five hour train journey from Glasgow to London in the summer of '79 with no buffet and with only the ...


Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, January 1981

ON A MONDAY morning so dark from thundery rainclouds it seems as though the sky has fallen in, Graham 'Suggs' McPherson, shoe-less and wearing only ...

The Specials: More Specials (Chrysalis CHRS1303); Madness: Absolutely (Sire SRK6094)

Review by Dave Schulps, Trouser Press, January 1981

THE MUSICAL trend of the year in Britain, a nation which obviously relishes its fads, was the emergence of the neo-ska bands. Buoyed by a ...

Madness: The Return of the Mad-nificent 7

Report and Interview by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 5 February 1981

Davy, Dav-ee Hepworth (King Of The Wild Frontier) watches Madness ride off into the sunset. ...

Madness: 7-Up

Interview by Peter Silverton, Smash Hits, 15 October 1981

FRIDAY afternoon. The Smash Hits works outing pay a visit to the movies. They munch popcorn, they suck their sweet orange drinks and watch a ...

A Brief Case History Of Madness

Book Excerpt by Mark Williams, Proteus Books, 1982

Their condition as carriers of a fast reggae hybrid, ska, was first diagnosed in 1979. This nutty sound was then transmitted to an increasingly larger ...

Madness: 7 (Stiff America)

Review by Iman Lababedi, Creem, February 1982

I SUPPOSE that the proof that Madness have handled the precarious business of being a teeny-bopper band with a measurable degree of humor, aplomb and ...

Madness: Complete Madness

Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 24 April 1982

(LOVELY!) ALTHOUGH people are snobby about just about everything except disease, I can think of no one who is snobby about the great and not ...


Profile and Interview by Jim Green, Trouser Press, December 1983

THE TRANSATLANTIC telephone line is dominated by the muffled distortion and hiss common to calls made across a thousand leagues of water; the voice at ...

Madness: Adventures in Madonia

Report and Interview by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, 21 January 1984

With Mike Barson' departure from Madness are Camden's finest now fast approaching the pop parody stakes? or will a three day trip to Poland, fighting ...

Madness by Madness

Interview by Max Bell, No. 1, February 1984

IT'S FIVE years and 18 hit singles since Madness first ran riot on Top of the Pops and straight into the nation's hearts. ...

Madness: Keep Moving (Stiff)

Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 25 February 1984

I'M TOLD Madness are in decline, and for someone who found 'Grey Day' and 'House Of Fun, to be the only tracks he wanted to ...

Madness: Keep Moving (Geffen)

Review by Richard Riegel, Creem, July 1984

MADNESS WARNED us as long ago as 1979 that they intended to "move with the times" as new pop fashions scudded across that fickle London ...

Madness: Upwards And Onwards

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, 1985


A Serious Case Of Madness

Interview by Don Watson, New Musical Express, 10 August 1985

No longer just Nutty Boys, MADNESS have grown into troubled and doubting pop commentators on the English way of life. DON WATSON traces the Four ...

Madness: 21 Today

Interview by Max Bell, No. 1, 2 November 1985

It's just over six years since those young nutty boys hit the Top 20 with 'The Prince'. Now Madness have just notched up their 21st ...

Madness: Suggs on Women, Romance, Sexism and Growing Up

Interview by Max Bell, No. 1, 1986

CAN MEN be feminists? ...

The End of 2-Tone: Madness/The Specials/The Selecter

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 1986

Farewell, Madness – the last of the 2-Tone tribe. Phil Sutcliffe follows the fate of the three groups that pioneered the ska revival. ...

England: Look Back In Anguish

Essay by Mark Sinker, New Musical Express, 2 January 1988

"Oh, grassy dale and lowland scene/Come see, come hear the English Scheme!" (The Fall)"You might sleep, but you will never dream/Oh, Manchester! So much to ...

Madness: You Only Live Twice

Interview by David Quantick, New Musical Express, 5 March 1988

Madness are dead! Long live THE MADNESS. Without Woody and Bedders and Barson's ghost, the Mad Four – Suggs, Carl, Chris and Lee – charge ...

Superannuation Terrorists: Madness/Morrissey/Ian Dury & The Blockheads/Flowered Up: Finsbury Park, London

Live Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, 15 August 1992

THE TEE-SHIRT READS "Madstock"; the reality sporadically veers from such cheery celebration. Somewhere in the fun and the frolics, the grubbiness of moronicism smears the ...

London: Ditty Old Town

Overview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, 22 May 1993

From The Kinks to Carter, Bowie to Blur, the Small Faces to Suede, British pop groups have eulogised, mythologised, criticised, glamorised, immortalised, romanticised and agonised ...

Madness: The Business

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, January 1994

I FIRST SAW MADNESS EARLY IN 1980 IN A SAN Francisco club. It was the city's mecca of punk but the locals didn't know quite ...

Madness: Naughty Boys In Nasty Schools

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Later, September 1999


Madness: Mad About The Boys?

Retrospective and Interview by Joel McIver, Record Collector, Summer 2001

North London ska legends Madness ruled the world for a decade. Now they're back with a new album. Joel Mciver speaks to the original nutty ...

Madness: Nutty Boys talk turkey

Report and Interview by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, 30 November 2007

THREE MEMBERS OF Nutty Boy legends Madness are in the basement of their favourite North London boozer, The Constitution. Singer Suggs, guitarist Chris Foreman and ...

30 Years of Madness

Retrospective and Interview by Jon Wilde, Mail On Sunday, Spring 2007

"THIRTY YEARS of getting away with it," is how vocalist Suggs describes the pop career of Madness. "Thirty years of good-hearted mischief and a little ...

Madness: The Liberty Of Norton Folgate

Review by David Quantick, Uncut, June 2009

AS THE SPECIALS reunion — reunion, my copious arse — gets more publicity, one can only hope that this far more interesting 2-Tone-related event will ...


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