Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The 100 Greatest Bands of all time - #77 Madness

I just can’t get over the fact that Madness is considered a one hit wonder in the United States. In the UK, they had sixteen top ten singles in the twenty years between 1979 and 1999. London’s masters of ska, they could definitely contend with the B-52s for being the world’s greatest party band. Just look at these great videos they made. They should have had multiple hits on these shores all through the early eighties. The personalities of each of the band members really came through in those videos. If you ask me, there was a wasted opportunity for a great Saturday Morning Cartoon, just like the Beatles had in the sixties and the Jackson Five in the seventies.

Hey you!
Don't watch that watch this
this is the heavy heavy monster sound
the nuttiest sound around
so if you've come in the off the street
and you're beginning to feel the heat
well listen buster you better start to move your feet
to the rockinest rock steady beat of madness

My girl's mad at me.

Ska on a Night Boat to Cairo.

Oh what fun we had...

How can you show your face when you're a disgrace to the human race?

One of the all-time great love songs. This should have been a huge hit on the US charts.

Welcome to the House of Fun.

and we conclude our look at Madness with their one big hit in America, Our House. 

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