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“The Music”; the new Album From Nick Woodgate ** new details **

Nick’s album finally saw release on Friday 9th of August, with much excitement from the online Madness fan base if Facebook is anything to go by.

The album was initially released on Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, iTunes and Amazon Music. Following this, Nick posted in an update that he’d removed the tracks from these sites and that he now plans to go the whole hog and release the album on CD!

The other great news is that Nick has continued to make the album available for your listening pleasure on his web site while he investigates going down the CD route.

Check out https://nickwoodgate.co.uk/ for more information.

You can find Nick on Twitter at @nick_woodgate, so if you like what you hear then please let him know.

 

The Simmertones’ new Album – “Ten Feet Tall”

As we await the next Madness album (whenever that may be!), we’ve been on the lookout for something to keep us going during this lean period. Thankfully, MIS subscriber and Simmertones bassist, Del Anning kindly sent us a promo copy of the new  Simmertones album “Ten Feet Tall”, which came out last Friday; 9th August.

Featuring a whopping 13 tracks, it’s 46 glorious minutes of Summer on a disc. The album’s so much fun to listen to that you’ll have a massive smile on your face as you go through each track.

The track listing for the album is as follows:

 

  1. El Gringo
  2. Travelling Man
  3. Silly Girl
  4. What I need
  5. Missing You
  6. Bring it Down
  7. Fat Back (Tear it up)
  8. Lullaby
  9. Stand Firm
  10.     10. Down by the Shore
  11.     11.Ten Feet Tall
  12.     12.The Place That I Know
  13.     13.Winter’s Call

 

You can check out a sample of track 2; Travelling Man on YouTube by going to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t5Up1tiY0k

A sample of tack 13; Winter’s Call, can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEfvAljinvU

We’ve been listening to the album regularly for the past few weeks, and our personal favourite tracks are:

  • Travelling Man – A bouncy ska/pop track about the joys of being on the road
  • Stand Firm – Jump-up Ska which bounces its way through a message to anyone who’s been through dark times.
  • The Place That I Know – A lookback on childhood with a catchy chorus and a cool groove.

Do yourself a favour and get this added to your music like library. You won’t regret it.

If you need further persuading of the band’s musical pedigree…

Between 2016-2018 The Simmertones’  performed at numerous events including The London International Ska Festival, The Looe Music Festival, Bestival, Camp Bestival and Madness’ House of Fun Weekender (twice!!).

For more information, point your web browser over to the band’s official web site at: http://www.thesimmertones.co.uk

Rob Hazelby

Before We Was We: The Making of Madness by Madness 

The band’s first official book.

The story of how they became them. It’s a journey full of luck, skill and charm, as they duck and dive by day and make the name in London’s exploding music scene by night, zipping around the capital in their Morris Minor vans. Their formative years, 1970-79.

This is the riotous coming-of-age tale of seven unique individuals, whose collective graft, energy and talent took them from the sweaty depths of the Hope and Anchor basement to the Top of the Pops studio. In their own words, they each look back on their past and how during those shared adventures, they formed a bond that’s lasted forty years. Before We Was We is irreverent, funny and full of character. Just like them.

Release date September 26th. Pre order on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2SacSI1

 

Classic album T shirts  at The Madstore 

You can now buy a range of classic album design T shirts.

Absolutely returns to the official T shirt store since first appearing a decade ago as merchandise. Seven now joins the albums T-shirts range, only previously a promotional shirt. For the first time Rise & Fall (Following last year’s triumphant return of this album’s title track on tour) joins official shirt range.

Best of all, 10 years on from its box set release, The Liberty of Norton Folgate is purchasable. We are having a little bit of that!

Complete Madness. Total Madness hits albums join the range.

WWW.MADSTORE.CO.UK

This range is also certainly a reaction to the continuing bullshit of bootleggers targeting social media with non licensed product not endorsed by the band and illegal.

Don’t be an idiot and buy from badly photoshopped pictures of Suggs holding a shirt up etc. Those are fake. The Madstore and official band website and gigs merchandise stands are all run by the same company with the band’s legal backing. You will only find a small number of charity shirts or some One Step Beyond shirts outside of buying from the official online store. Don’t give your money to the bootleggers exploiting you.