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Madness Information Service Online Newsletter Issue Number: 907 – Sunday 25th September to Saturday 1st October 2016

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Series 49 of the much-loved TV series “Later With Jools Holland” recently kicked-off on the BBC, and in episode two (aired this week just gone) Madness performed a number of tracks, with Suggs also being interviewed.

The band performed Mr. Apples, The Prince, Herbert and Can’t Touch us Now during the show. Aired on both Tuesday and Friday nights, you can find the Friday edition on the iPlayer, where Herbert and Can’t Touch us Now were played;


Also, check out the following YouTube links if you missed it:

Mr. Apples – https://youtu.be/tpdh5GBO6q0

The Prince – https://youtu.be/7KinzaGkArw

Interview with Suggs – https://youtu.be/Mhcf96Y6U8c

Appearing on the same show were The Divine Comedy. Here’s Paul Rodgers;

“I’d long since suspected but never heard confirmation that Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy was a massive Madness fan in his youth. I reckon I could hear the strings from The Rise And Fall album all over Promenade and Liberation and later material.

On last night’s Later With Jools Holland, he offered Madness their dues and claimed Complete Madness was his favourite childhood album because of the classic songwriting. I don’t wish to say I told you so, but I told you so.”

Responding rather cheekily to Neil Hannon’s declaration of loving Complete Madness, Chris Carter-Pegg commented;

“I wonder if his favourite album has since been Divine Madness?”   

Enjoy the read!

Jon Young, Rob Hazelby, Simon Roberts, Paul Williams




See below for all forthcoming Madness and Madness related gigs and events. If there’s something we’ve missed off or you feel should be added then please let us know.




Friday 30th – Sweden, Grona Lund Amusement Park


Saturday 1st – Norway – Rockefeller Music Hall

If you’re attending the above gig you can find info relating to the pre and post gig parties here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1696784610576985/

Monday 3rd – Germany – Berlin – Tempodrom

Tuesday 4th – Germany – Bochum – Ruhrcongress

Thursday 6th – Dubai, Duty Free Tennis Stadium, UAE


Friday 18th – Monday 21st – Madness Weekender 6, Minehead


Thursday 1st – Bournemouth – Can’t Touch us Now

Friday 2nd – Cardiff – Can’t Touch us Now

Saturday 3rd – Brighton – Matinee – Can’t Touch us Now

Saturday 3rd – Brighton – Can’t Touch us Now ** Sold Out **

Monday 5th – Groningen, The Netherlands ** Sold Out **

Tuesday 6th – Tilburg, The Netherlands ** Sold Out **

Thursday 8th – Newcastle – Can’t Touch us Now

Friday 9th – Sheffield – Can’t Touch us Now

Saturday 10th – London – Can’t Touch us Now

Monday 12th – Nottingham – Can’t Touch us Now

Tuesday 13th – Bridlington – Can’t Touch us Now

Thursday 15th – Glasgow – Can’t Touch us Now

Friday 16th – Manchester – Can’t Touch us Now

Saturday 17th – Birmingham – Can’t Touch us Now

Can’t Touch us Now tickets from: http://www.gigsandtours.com/tour/madness/


The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra


November 5th – Finland


House of Fun Weekender


The Silencerz

Saturday, 29th October – The Bull Theatre, Barnet ** New **




Madness – New Album – You Can’t Touch Us Now – Pre Order  – October 28th

Pre order now


Confirmed Track listing: 16 songs.  (As shown as the download album on iTunes and Amazon)


These 16 should also be the CD album in full. Chris Foreman has mentioned that not all 16 fit on the vinyl release much like the vinyl edition of The Liberty of Norton Folgate which was the select shortened track listing.  He comments that this was ALL the songs, which may made the boxset second disc is made up of versions and demos of these songs.

  1.   Can’t Touch Us Now
  2.   Good Times
  3.   Mr. Apples
  4.   I Believe
  5.   Grandslam
  6.   Blackbird
  7.   You are My Everything
  8.   Another Version of Me
  9.   Mumbo Jumbo
  10. Herbert
  11.  Don’t Leave The Past Behind You
  12. (Don’t Let Them) Catch You Crying
  13. Pam The Hawk
  14. Given The Opportunity
  15. Soul Denying
  16. Whistle In The Dark


The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra – Bite The Bullet ** Out Now **

Vinyl £13.55  (Includes free mp3 version)

CD £11.37 (includes free mp3 version)

Mp3 album also available on its own for £7.99

Tracks – Based on Amazon – Step It Up Sister, Bite The Bullet, Western Standard Time, Cuss Cuss, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Feel a Little Better, Hongry, The Wickerman, 30,60,90 , I am King, Cry To Me, I’ll be back again.


One Heart – Specialized Bob Marley Covers Album ** Pre Order Now **


Yes, at last here it is – what you’ve been waiting for!

You can now pre-order the Specialized 5 – One Heart tribute to Bob Marley & The Wailers the 2016 Specialized theme.

67 tracks from over 70 contributing artists –  4 CD’s in a boxset

Specialized do it again with help from some of the finest musicians about



SIGN OF THE TIMES                               

Clang – Practice – Q & Uncut Magazine Reviews

Uncut 8/10

The Clang groups genesis make for good copy.  Producer song writer with a resume’ that’s a road map to an idiosyncratically British pop tradition hit his seventh decade and decided to form a group, finally. But the real strength in Practice , the first album from Clive Langer’s fragile gang is the joy of the thing. Langer’s voice is a woozy plangent wheeze Robert Wyatt dialling down the octaves; the songs echo Canterbury prog, and nervy slightly cranky, pop not pop in equal measure,  “acre lane” and “bike” set the tone. Everyday melancholy and quiet revelation from an Idiosyncratic voice in fine fettle.

Q Magazine – 4 Stars

He is best known as Madness’ producer and co-writer or Robert Wyatt’s Shipbuilding, and guitarist with cult Liverpool oddities Deaf School. But Clive Langer is not ready to rest on his laurels just yet. His latest venture is a striking mix of sentiments and sounds often rooted in pre internet past vintage organ sounds galore and Ray Davies like evocations of post war Britain all add to the effect. With a soundtrack approximating where Beck and Van Der Graff Generator might meet Langer’s Bowie/David Gilmour voice suits the material battered by unbowed on Heaven, Calls another name and soul stomper, Out of Time, while his earlier self appears courtesy of Suggs of Madness who sings Langer’s song  Had a Nice Night.


Madness Pay Tribute

Madness have paid tribute to ska legend Prince Buster as they played Radio 2’s Festival in a Day at Hyde Park


Suggs dedicated The Prince, their first single, to the Jamaican musician, who died on Thursday.

“It’s a tragedy,” he told BBC News. “He was enormously important.”

“The fact he came from the streets and he had a terrific sense of humour and energy – it really appealed to us and it had a huge impact on everything we did, really.”

He died at home in Miami at 07:20 local time (11:20 GMT) on Thursday.

The band took their name from a Prince Buster song, and later covered one his greatest tracks, One Step Beyond.

“It’s like the Monty Python thing about the Romans,” joked Suggs. “What did Prince Buster ever do for us? A great deal indeed.”




A Message From Actor / Comedian Kevin Eldon

I’ve had the honour and privilege to be in a band with Micko Westmoreland, Neil Innes (The Rutles), Rat Scabies (The Damned) and Horace Panter (The Specials) and we’ve recorded a Bob Marley song for this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust album. They do an album every year and invite various people to record a track by that year’s chosen artist. Bob Marley is this year’s. It’s a tall order. If you think about it, Marley did a pretty good job of his songs first time around. Anyway, we did ‘I Shot the Sheriff’ and I think we made a pretty good go of it, even though it has got me caterwauling over some lovely playing.

Anyway, please buy the album. The money goes to a great charity. I got last year’s album on which we did a Clash song. I was knocked out by the quality of the songs on it, not to mention the number. It’s a good buy! This year’s will be as good if not better.

Specialized – One Heart is available to pre order now , with all profits going to the Teenage Cancer Trust and the National Foundation For Youth Music. Kevin Eldon, thank you very much.




The Silencerz – Chandos arms. September 17th 

You can get it if you really want (Originally Jimmy Cliff)

Fu man chu

Mother and Child Reunion

Wake up Make Love

More than Fair

Skinhead Girl

Freedom Street

Message to you Rudy

Callie Road

Clever Trevor

Wild world  (originally by Cat Stevens)

No Lights

The Prince

One Step Beyond


Midnight Rider

Having a Laugh

Gun’s of Navarone

Don Logan


No No No

Let Your Yeah by Yeah (Originally Jimmy Cliff)

Enjoy Yourself

54 46 was my number

Hello Josephine

Soon You’ll be gone


The Silencerz NHS Funday

Some of the songs they played last weekend include…

Fu Man Chu

Having a laugh (Original song by The Silencerz)

More Than Fair

Message to you Rudy

Cally Road (Original song by The Silencerz)

Clever Trevor

Gun’s of Navarrone

Don Logan (Is Coming Over) (Original song by the Silencerz)


Let Your Yeah Be Yeah

The Prince

Hello Josephine

Soon You’ll Be Gone




This week UMC Madness’s record label, gave Untouchable Madheads (Which is those fans who pre-ordered the album directly before it was announced on Amazon for publicl listing later) a Digital Download of the Sleeve Notes for Can’t Touch Us Now.  Check your inboxes if you didn’t get yours but you qualified for this earlier in the year.

Here’s some Sleeve notes of note.

  1. Suggs wrote Mr Apples, and he gets a credit for playing tambourine on it!
  2. Barso plays glockenspiel on You Are My Everything. (a metal bar percussion instrument like a xylophone) And also a Saw! on….

Whistle In the Dark.  (That’s what’s making the spooky noises in that song, the blade is vibrated with a bow much like a Violin)

Mike also sings backing vocals on Herbert. (good job his throat isn’t sore then! boom boom)

  1. Mark Bedford plays Tuba on Whistle In The Dark. (His twitter followers may remember him studying the instrument, well now it looks like he’s had a chance to put the largest and lowest brass instrument sound onto record.
  2. The London Gospel Community Choir appear on the recorded version of Blackbird. (woah woah for the wings of a blackbird! Nice!)

They also appear in further backing vocally capacity on, Can’t Touch Us Now & Soul Denying.

  1. Joe Auckland plays the Banjo on Mumbo Jumbo !!!   Which makes a great tongue twister too!
  2. Mez Clough from The Ska Orchestra gets his first Madness album credit for extra percussion on Good Times. & I Believe. You are My Everything. Grandslam. Another Version of Me, Mumbo Jumbo,  Don’t Let Them Catch You Crying, Pam The Hawk. And Given The Opportunity.  As was seen in periscope videos earlier in the year.   While Woody and a few of the band have a Brass arrangement credit on the album. Plenty of strings mentioned too.
  3.  “Urging me to be boulder?” Says the lyrics of Herbert Hmmm.  Looks like The lyrics could have done with one more proof reading.

Ah well.  That’s Rock! music for you. Beyond that it’s nice To have all the new songs words.

  1. Crunch! Drummer Spider Johnson is also credited for backing vocals on Mr Apples / I Believe / Another Version of Me / Can’t Touch Us Now / You are My Everything / Grandslam / Mumbo Jumbo / Herbert  / Don’t Leave the Past Behind You / Pam The Hawk.  And on Soul Denying and Whistle in the dark with Lee Thompson.
  2. Chris Foreman plays a Roland Juno 60 Keyboard on Don’t let them catch you crying.   And a Mellotron on Cant Touch Us Now, which is a kind of hybrid of a piano keyboard and tape playback machine that features sampled sounds.  This early version of sampling, is no doubt something from toe rag studios equipment, as it’s old school nature stopped such an instrument being manufactured in 1985. It’s the kind of instrument the Beatles used to experiment with, and Barson has also been playing some parts of some track on this instrument.
  3. The album is dedicated in loving memory to Gary Dovey.  Sadly, this confirms the news that the band’s first drummer has passed away.

Jonathan Young




This week, MIS co-editor Rob Hazelby, goes back in time to report on what was going on in the world of Madness 5 years, 10 and 15 years ago this week.

5 years ago…

Issue Number 646 – Sunday 25th September – Saturday 1st October 2011

Things continued to take shape with the forthcoming Madness Weekender in Minehead as this week Baxter Dury & Maverik Saber were added to the line-up.

Also in the week just gone, it had been a busy week in the radio world for the band. Suggs appeared on BBC Radio 6, Chris on Kent Radio, Lee on Radio London, and Carl and Suggs appeared on Ibiza Rocks Radio following the recent Ibiza gig.

Thanks to the wonders of modern technology you could catch all these interviews online if you’d missed them.

We went over to YouTube next, and took a look at the latest updates from the official Madness YouTube channel.

Suggs and Carl had uploaded a new video advert telling us about their enthusiasm for the forthcoming Minehead Weekender, while Chris had been busy filming groupies on the front row at the recent Ibiza gig.

Moving on, and towards the latter half of the issue we reviewed the recent Ska Orchestra gig at the launch of the Phoenix Festival. Well, when I say “we”, the article was a team effort, put together by Jon Young, Dan Fossard, Looby and Darren Fordham. Not only was the article in-depth, but it also featured a selection of YouTube video clips, too.

Next, and in the previous edition of the MIS we’d announced that for those of you who’d found the Salvo 30 clue Guided Tour box set competition too much like hard work, or you simply wanted to increase your chance of getting hold f the box sets you would have been very pleased to learn that Holly Barringer at Union Square Music had very kindly given us two copies of the box set to give away!

All you had to do was send us an email entitled ‘GUIDED TOUR COMPO’ and we’d put you in the virtual pot.

Well, the entries have been received – 27 of them, and they’d all been placed in the virtual hat.

After some random email address rummaging, we could reveal that the two winners were:

– Paul McKay

– Andy Woodford

We brought this issue to a close with the news that this coming Wednesday The Ska Orchestra would be interviewed on Koast Radio.Meanwhile, on Monday and Tuesday Woody and Nick Woodgate would be entering the studios to put down some drums at Ernie McKone’s studios in Muswell Hill.

10 years ago…

Issue 386 – Sunday 24th September to Saturday 30th September 2006

“Madness Play Argentina”; Those were the words that a great many Madness fans had been waiting to hear.

Not a month went by without us receiving an email from an Argentinean based Maddie asking if Madness would consider playing in their neck of the woods. So when we received an email from MIS subscriber Nahuel Foppoli, telling us that Madness had been booked to play over there in November, we were excited.

Nahuel suggested that we google ‘Personal Fest’ (the name of the festival) and have a look through the sites the search pulled-up. We had to say that the we were slightly worried when the official web site threw up a ‘Page Cannot be Displayed’ message – not the best of starts!

We continued our search, and wandered over to a message forum. Here, we managed to find a number of posts detailing the band line-ups, and Madness were indeed listed there – exciting stuff!

Our excitement for our Argentinean fans continued, until we wandered over to the message-board on the official Madness web site, and read the following;

“madness in argentina”

from “joggin in the bushes”


“madness plays nov 17 @ personal fest. please play close escape and embarrassment”

“Jogg on ”

says Thommo(21/09/06),

“This offer to perform in your beautiful country has not been confirmed by the band as of 21.28 (gmt) on the 21/09. As –

A.We don’t have details of travel/Accom & budget

B.Several members availability &

  1. a guitarist.

Will let you know on the news page possibly soon.”

Our advice to Madness fans based in Argentina, was to try to resist getting too excited until the date(s) appeared on the Madness web site.

On to the articles, and we got underway with a review of the Complete Madness gig at Redhill Harlequin Theatre on Friday 15th September 2006, courtesy of subscriber Laura Ashton.

We were told that the show was a potted history of Madness from 1976 getting together, 1979 North London Invaders to the present day Dangermen – in an hour of music to complement the timeline.

From memory, Laura listed the following set list:

One Step Beyond (With Hey You intro)

My Girl

Tarzan’s Nuts

The Prince

Baggy Trousers


Return of the Los Palmas 7

Cardiac Arrest

House of Fun

It Must Be Love

Driving In My Car

Wings of a Dove

Sun & The Rain (where the audience got very wet!)

Shut Up

Our House

Michael Caine

Uncle Sam


Shame & Scandal

Moving on, and we had a heads-up for those in the London TV region, as the next episode of BBC series of Inside Out was to feature non other than Suggs as presenter;

“Suggs presents and links stories from various well known London landscapes, including in episode two the scene sights of Camden Lock, showing the boats as a contrast to the carbon spitting traffic in London.

Next week Suggs Investigates a London council that has spent 45,000 pounds on a swimming pool no one can use”.

Remember MySpace? Well, ten years ago every man and his dog had a page on there. So, with its popularity on the rise, we decided to take a look at what bands we could find in the ska section.

Surprisingly it was well populated, with pages from The Dangermen, Bad Manners, Orange Street and many, many more. The ska section was huge, and there was no way we could have even scratched the surface of the bands present with the short article. So, we asked readers to send in details of ska bands they spotted on MySpace that had decent pages that they felt others should visit.

We moved over to Virgin Radio adverts in our next section, when we reported that Christian O’Connell and Suggs would be shown running around the West End of London in a new campaign to promote Virgin Radio.

The new campaign would be broadcast on television and would include cinema and outdoor activity. The ads would also be hosted online via a viral marketing campaign targeting community websites such as MySpace.com and YouTube.com.

Created by Thinkfarm, the campaign took the form of teaser ads starting on Friday, followed by a second wave of ads revealing the concept of the promotion in full.

We brought this issue to a close by reporting that we didn’t know how Madness got on with their performance with Ska Cubano at The Barbican last Friday. Why? Well, it turned out that the headliner, Silvio Rodriguez was a very big name in Cuban music, and as such, the tickets sold out in and extremely short time. All we managed to find was a short clip on YouTube, and the following comments posted on fly.co.uk:

“I saw the gig on the 22nd and it was everything I expected (except for the over exorbitant girl behind me kind of ruining the night I had been waiting ten years for by singing every lyric in a look at me style!) and more.

Madness ruined it also by coming on stage drunk and disrespecting the whole mood of generosity that had been established in an attempt to give to the people of Cuba much needed funding. But above all Silvio was simply superb and immensely humble whilst sharing the stage and limelight with very gifted and wonderful musicians. ”

Oh dear!

15 years ago…

Issue 124 – Sunday 23rd September to Saturday 29th September 2001

We got this issue underway with news from One Step Behind’s very own `Brendan Phipps` who told us that on Saturday 29th of September he would be standing in on keyboards for Madness tribute, `The Los Palmas 6`. As Brendan rightly said at the time “‘Spose it’s about time after all the times Steve has stood in with us!”.

Following recent reports that filming for the new series of `Night Fever` was well underway, TMML subscriber, Kirsty Pope informed us that on the Channel 5 website they were giving the viewers the opportunity to vote for what songs they’d like to hear on the show. Amongst the choices were the classic `House of Fun` and legendary `Baggy Trousers`. Apparently `Baggy Trousers` was winning by a mile, but a few more votes certainly wouldn’t. You were urged to get along to the Channel 5 web site and have your say.

Moving on, and Suggs’ SKA related Radio show continued unabated. Episode six was aired this week on Radio 2 and included the song Liquidator. A ska song so good that Madness named their Zarjazz studio after it. Nice one! This is by far the best track played on the show, with its haunting Ska keyboards. A version of a song Paul Young covered opens the show and the long instrumental Man in the street played in the middle of the show.

On to fanzine news now, and earlier in the week a large fanzine-shaped parcel arrived through the post. Obviously I was excited, as I’d assumed that the packaging contained the eagerly anticipated issue 2 of the Crunch fanzine, `Saints and Sinners`.

I was in for a real surprise when I finally got into the package as it wasn’t the latest `Saints and Sinners`, but the equally brilliant and even longer-awaited `Mad Not Mad` fanzine.

Here’s what the editor, Ian Taylor, had to say…

“Yeah, I know, I know… Where the hell have we been? It’s some 7 months since the last issue and, even then, that was the 2001 annual that featured only a handful of new pages. In fact, it has taken 13 months to get a completely brand new issue of `Mad Not Mad` to you.

So, what are you going to do? Sack us? I wouldn’t blame you, to be honest.

One of the things I always maintained was important was to be regular with new issues… 3 or 4 months at the most, I always said and, even if I didn’t manage that then it was only six months at most. Well, hell. The problem with doing a zine is that real life gets in the way.

The blunt truth is that I don’t get paid for this, I do it for a hobby cos I love the music. So, if I move house and end up spending six months working on the place… Well, that’s gotta come first. And if the first year in my new job keeps me mind f*ckingly busy then – what can I say? That’s gotta come first too. But now that we’re back we aim to stay. I always said that we’d just keep on skanking and I promise that we will. I assure you of this… No matter how long each  issue takes it’ll always get to you. You’ll always get your money’s worth. If you pay for 4 issues then you’ll get four issues and they’ll be big bastard issues too. And if there’s a massive delay then I’ll

throw in a freebie issue, like the new CD reviews I sent out in January 2001.

The one thing I’ve always loved about this scene is that most of the people we meet are right blinding people – the salt of the earth. I like them and I trust them… And I want you to be able to say the same thing about me… So, sorry for the bloody big delay. Please stick with `Mad Not Mad`, it aint going nowhere. It’s going to be going for a bloody long time and what we said about loving the scene and giving value for money is always going to be true.

Right, end of apology and earnest promise – let’s get on with the real stuff.

All the best. See you next time – E”.

Elsewhere, and Chris Mountain was lucky enough to catch Suggs at the recent recording of Night Fever.

“I had a chance to ask Suggs a few questions after the show. I asked him if the rumours about next years Madstock were true”.

“Very Much So” he replied “There should indeed be a Madstock next year”

I also asked him about the possibility of new material soon. He says and I quote “We’ve done some new stuff but whether it gets released is another matter!”

We brought this issue to a close with the news that next week we’d have a review of Carl’s solo gig at the Mac Bar in Camden Town, where esteemed co-ed, Jonathan Young was seen drinking weak larger just prior to this issue going out.

Rob Hazelby



We’re almost done for this week’s edition of the MIS, but before we go there are a few last minute bits and pieces to pass in your general direction.

We’d like to thank Dinant Dondertman for letting us know the Tilburg Madness concert is also now sold out. If you wanted to get along to this gig but had yet to purchase a ticket it looks like you’re out of luck.

Next, our colleagues across the channel (AKA, The French MIS) tells us that the new album is being released in France on CD and vinyl, and that the release will be some time in October. No box set will be sold there directly.

And finally…

Gamers and MIS readers of a certain age may recall that in the early to mid 1990’s UK software house Gremlin Graphics were planning to port their Amiga platform game, Harlequin, over to the Sega Megadrive/Genesis.

What did this have to do with Madness? Well, in an effort to jump on the Madness bandwagon, which was running full speed ahead at the time, Gremlin were going to replace the main character of Harlequin with a figure they called “Nutz”.

Unfortunately, for one reason or another, the game failed to surface, and was lost in mists of development hell.

If this happened twenty-odd years ago, you’re probably wondering why we’re bringing this up now. Well, earlier this week the MIS team were contacted by a developer from Piko Interactive, who had purchased the rights to Harlequin, and were now looking files relating to the Madness version of the game.

Knowing that ex-Gremlin Graphics developer Jacco was an MIS reader, and someone who’d played the development version of this Madness game, we put him in touch with the chap at Piko Interactive.

After almost two hours of Jacco and the developer at Piko swapping messages via Facebook Jacco got back in touch with us to say that he’d discovered that the chap at Piko had never heard of Madness, and as such, had no idea what the band was about.

Clearly cheesed off for having his time wasted (apologies for getting you involved, Jacco!), he sent the developer (who turned out to be Mexican) a link to the Spanish version of One Step Beyond, telling him not to come back until he knew the lyrics by heart.

Well, we may not be any closer to uncovering the work in progress version of this lost Madness game, but the word of Madness has somehow been spread that little bit further, albeit unconventionally.

Until next week, take care.

All the best,

Jon Young, Rob Hazelby, Simon Roberts, Paul Williams

(With thanks to Jacco Van’t Riet, Hazel Foster, Adam Nichols,
Dinant Dondertman, and Jean Pierre Boutellier)

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