Madness Information Service Online Newsletter Issue Number: 743 – Sunday 4th August to Saturday 10th August 2013
Good evening and a warm welcome to this week’s edition of the MIS.
This week we’ve an exclusive review of The Magic Brothers Single, “You Don’t Have To Hide Your Love Away”, which is out later this month
In other news we’re also pleased to welcome back MIS editor Looby Loo, for this, the first of a few Magic Brothers related articles. We’ll have more for you over the coming weeks.
We’d also like thank the band’s web team for informing us that band have shot a video for the single, with a Super 8 effect. Fans can look forward to seeing this later in the month as The Magic begins.
Enjoy the read,
Jon Young, Liz Hazelby, Rob Hazelby, Simon Roberts
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.
August 10th Fete Du Bruit, Landerneau, France
August 11th Brussels Summer Fest, Belgium
*** NEW *** August 31st, 2pm, Blackpool Lights Weekend
September 14th, Madness play Free at Applepop Holland. 21.25pm at The hoofdapodium – http://www.appelpop.nl/
September 15th Rockhal, Belval, Luxembourg
September 16th L’Olympia, Paris, France
September 22nd Northants CCC, UK
September 28th Alexandra Palace, London, UK
October 12th Esprit Arena, Duesseldorf, Germany
November 22nd – 25th House Of Fun Weekender, Minehead, UK
For tickets see links via: www.madness.co.uk
Suggs My Life Story, the West End of London December Run.
December 1st – Garrick Theatre, London’s West End.
December 8th – Garrick Theatre, London’s West End.
December 15th – Garrick Theatre, London’s West End.
December 22nd – Garrick Theatre, London’s West End.
The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra
August 11th United Colours Festival, Sheffield
August 16th Belgium (Brussels Summer Fest)
August 25th Craig Charles Weekend, Bristol
September 7th, Meatopia, Wapping (www.meatopia.co.uk)
October 2nd Brighton, Concorde 2
October 3rd Cardiff, Globe
October 4th St Albans, Arena
October 5th Norwich, Waterfront
October 18th Ipswich, Corn Exchange
October 25th Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
October 31st (Halloween) Jazz Cafe, Camden Town.
There was a little Camden confusion this week over both a date change for the Jazz Cafe, and a potential Dublin Castle date. To clarify this, the situation is that the band tried to move the Jazz Cafe to November and emails went out, but then the situation changed and they are now in the process of trying to reconfirm the Jazz Cafe gig for October Halloween. Confirmation will be forthcoming early next week from the ticket agent on the state of this gig. There is no Dublin Castle show as this was a Camden stop-gap idea, now it’s not happening. They may be back at the Dublin Castle in 2014.
November 1st – Komedia, Bath
November 8th, headlining the Friday of Specialized, The Big One 2, Parkdean, Sandford, Dorset
See ticket links via: www.ltso.mis-online.net
August 23rd – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
August 24th – St Helens – The Citadel
August 25th – Aspatria, Cumbria – Solfest
August 26th – Liverpool, Sefton Park – Intl Music Festival
Thursday 24th October. Jazz Cafe, Camden Town. Book launch gig
More info at: http://deafschoolmusic.com
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The Liberty Of Norton Folgate – Reissue on Salvo
Madness’s Seminal 2009 return to form album The Liberty Of Norton Folgate reaches it’s 4th edition tomorrow. The standard one CD 15 track album has been reissued by Salvo.
Originally issued by Lucky Seven Madness’s own label imprint and funded by a consortium of investment, with that stock nearly all gone in the market place, this reissue assures the albums’ continued availability.
Faithful to the design and look of the original 1 CD edition, aimed at the new buyer, collectors might still be interested to own it purely on the small details, as is the collectors’ fascination with such things. Our thanks to union square music for furnishing us with a copy.
Same cover, slightly darker. All the booklet details are the same except the back page now houses an album advert rather than a tracklisting, credits change slightly, as does the text and label imprints on the back cover, the CD is a silver design version of the manhole cover and the audio on this 1 CD matches that of the 3rd release, the 2 two disc Silver edition version of the album, in that Sugar and Spice remains in its single mix here, making this slightly different to the previous 1 CD edition. The album may have a sticker proclaiming the singles Dust Devil and NW5, with quotes from Uncut and Mojo.
This edition is retailing at just over £5.
New Madness T-Shirts
A conga line “One Step Beyond” T-shirt, a blue nutty train, and hearts “It Must be Love” design are new to the Mad shop.
LIVE AND INTENSIFIED
With the number of Madness gigs now ramping-up we’ve decided to begin an irregular section entitled “Live and Intensified”.
If it’s fan gig reviews you’re after, then this is the section you’ll want to read.
Those of you who get along to any future gigs please knock up a review and send it in as we’d love to print your thoughts.
The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra enter the Secret Garden Party.
“How many ska bands play their sets, In an English Country Garden?”
The only suits in the place are on stage for “Gun’s Fever”, contrasted against a sea of face painted, mud covered, dropped out, crusties, dressed loose students, youth of headdress beads, woodstocking wannabees, a smattering of the glow stick rave scenes, tribal revivalists.
Secret Garden party is a festival sold not in its line up of bands (Indeed the Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra addition, never even made it to any of the posters for the event) but sold on the idea of the festival space. A place to come and hangout, enjoy the sideshows, and the general infrastructure will make a spectacle and an event. Indeed it is some kind of impressive backdrop in which to arrive with mates and have a good time of your own wandering. At £200 pound a ticket it’s something I think I’ll probably give a miss.
Unless the band can get me in? I ask the question rather late though, and the limited available access has been given out to the nearest and dearest and perhaps a group of Lee’s Son’s friends who are all up there all weekend. “Kye and pirates”, Thommo refers to them. “But, pop by the pub though, in the morning”, is the last comment I get from the main man, and so my morning begins in The Builder’s arms, Barnet.
A pub by the train tracks, and Bob the Bone’s local, Lee is here to pick him up for the gig, and at the same time size out with the landlord about a little local gig here. It may well be the second outing for the line up previous mentioned in MIS as The Reverend Green, and could be on the cards for the end of September. Perhaps Lee Thompson and The Odd Job Men? After all he’s often referring to the number of builders in his current bands.
As we finish our drinks, and discussions, we leave the pub with a plan to get me into the festival tonight as the merchandise guy. I’m given the bag of LP’s and CD’s and T-shirts to flog and we hit the road. Traveling up the A1 we pass under the galleria shopping centre. I comically boo the place, due to the previous gig there turning on the Christmas lights, and how naff their lights had been, Suggs flicking the switch on some rather poor one colour bulb dangling small display in an unimpressive way. Lee Tells a funny story about the budget for that gig and how he got Suggs a sizeable slice for the two songs he did, which he complains he’s still to get a drink out of from the main Madness man!
Driving into the festival after a wrong turn or two, that marks the “Secret” Garden party as living up to it’s name. If you are in the local Huntingdon area, I am told to lie in the back of the van and hide rather like a Mexican entering America without proper permits. This doesn’t really work because entry to the festival is by code number and ID. So after some to-ing and fro-ing, I’m promoted to the missing sax player Darren Smith’s role on the call sheet, and I make it in as crew!
You know those nights you have where you are sober and all your mates are pissed and they are operating in a different world to you. It’s similar feeling walking in to this festival on a Sunday afternoon three days in, to be confronted with people dressed in strange muddy garb and relaxed into a mode of almost feral devolution, the hazed party goers wandering around in a era before the shower was invented, living and dancing off the land. One of the first sights I see is the Oddball Dance Hall, a Disco Dancefloor set into the ground below sloping grass banks all around. This adds a voyeurism effect to anyone passing by the entrance, looking down on the party go-ers below. There is a wicker man style wooden structure too, as well as a massive animal made of straw, and hay bails form clubs and rooms and sitting areas all across the massive layout.
I wander around trying to find “Rumba Rum Bar”, the venue that the band are playing tonight as headline. “Is Rumba anything like Ska?”, I ask Seamus when I find the place. It’s latiny, and we both cha-cha a rhythm as we discuss this, and decide it’s not quite the neighbour to ska really, though reggae acts are pretty much what this tent has today. We conclude they just like the Rum pun and are in fact flogging Jamaican rum the most.
It’s a slightly disappointingly small tent venue the band are booked into. Given I’ve seen a massive main stage elsewhere down by the river, nearer to the size Brockwell park was, but the vibe in the tent is rather brilliant, emptying out, but filling up pretty instantly too as soon as bands arrive on. People dip in and out of the music on at the festival.
I finally get to meet Paul Tadman in proper full length conversation, after many gigs, and years of online chats, we talk about the future of Lee’s bands, our mutual desire from different sides of the fence to see Crunch! live again. I mention to him Chris Foreman’s recent cupboard comment of “unfinished business” to do with the band, being a promising pointer that the axe man might rise with the ranks again. Paul talks about having seen Steve recently and saying similar things, of how proud he is of the success Madness have had of late, and it’s a shame that Spider didn’t get to play this gig tonight. We drift back into stories of the beginning of Nutty Boys band when Seamus was involved, and I tell him of 1989 recording of demos by The Madness that overlap into Crunch songs. We discuss the use of band demos into Madness songs on the recent special edition and Paul tells the story of Lee being dressed as a coffee table once at a gig. I’ve read that before but never heard about it in person.
As we are deep in the Crunch! talk we witness band leader Lee jumping to the aid of a passing festival go-er asking “how do you fold up a pop up tent?”
Lee is deep into origami of the life sized tarpaulin kind, as Tad films on his phone with commentary. “Could this be a future video to the unreleased track “one man tent” by Crunch!” No. Snap. The wrong kind of Crunch! and the plastic poles buckle the wrong way, and one goes through Lee’s leg. Filming stops and turns to concern, at the missing flesh hole. Try and do a good deed, and it’s injury with intent! First aiders are called and later Lee is transported away to be checked over and bandaged further.
Could the Secret Garden party be about to witness the first Ska Orchestra gig, without it’s titled front man? I chat for a while with new drummer Mez Clough about the great job he’s doing. Today is his second gig of the festival. He’s been here playing with Si Cranston, the ex- Daulers singer, for which things are starting to take off nicely. As dusk descends upon the sunny festival, and the band on before Lee’s band strike up a version of The harder They Come, The Harder They Fall, our hop a long leader returns in full grey suited look, bandaged leg hidden away and cowboy like straw hat, looking ready for action. He hands me the massive bag full of CD’, LP’s and T-shirts and as the band take to the stage I set up the merchandise at the side of the stage.
Along with Wag’s Nadine and Keeley we are all filming the gig. I’ve got two flip cameras Lee has given me to capture some footage on. And for the first time during the excitement of a gig, I wander on to the back of the stage, and film a couple of tracks from the drummers’ point of view, looking over the stage. The second of which is the encore of “Many Rivers”, so as Darren is giving it full belt to the crowd I’m stood next to Lee onstage filming his heckling! Just before the band took to the stage I met the only other person in a suit in the entire festival, this suit being made entirely of a design based from the old BBC TV test card! He was there with his wife, and explained he knew Madness from when he used to work at the Cardiff arena. He was there with his wife and kids, including his two-year-old daughter who was asleep-ish inside a wooden miniature caravan they were wheeling behind them!
The gig goes off great. Never a more relaxed and up for it crowd. It was soooo loose. Plenty of cheering and clapping, but more a mellow appreciation somewhat aided by Jazz woodbines. Lee held aloft the LP to show the crowd. Great one for plugging, but I’m a sh*t merchandise seller. In my defence do mud covered students in their 20’s buy vinyl or even nice clean t-shirts, in their drugged out, muddy state, skint on the last night midnight of a festival? We found out the answer is no. Only one person visit’s the merchandise stall after the gig, she turns out to be an organiser of the festival, who over a decade ago knew Debbie, Lee’s wife, and wants to do a deal to book LTSO to another secret festival? Which one? Wink wink, nudge nudge, boom boom. We ain’t telling what came of that discussion.
What a pleasure to see a Lee band play something like this festival. I’ve followed these bands a long time, but it’s pretty much always been pubs and clubs, and concert venues. Once a wedding reception at a boxing club, and just recently a church, but the only outdoor festivals I’ve ever got to before have been free council based ones, like big extended fun fair day outs. SGP, this was something different to witness. It’s a fine and tight run through all the songs, the tent was the oddball dance hall by the first couple of tracks and a packed out ska time was had by all.
As the night ends with a safari style ride on the people transporter buggies, myself and Bob the bone stood up, like foreign dignitaries on a tour of Africa or a Mash style army camp. I reflect back on dancing to Broadway Jungle going down particularly well in this most jungle like environment, all showing that even on one leg Thommo can’t be kept down. He turns his incident and bandage into stage banter. Telling the crowd what happened to him today, and leading eventually into a moment where he un-buttons his trousers and drops them for all the world to see the bandage-garang day he’s had. It sums up secret garden, the festival that’s more about taking your suit off in life, and having a good time, more than it is anything else.
“Pull down your pants, and flash all the fans, In an English Secret Garden.”
The Magic Brothers – Single Review – You Don’t Have to Hide Your Love Away
As a longstanding Madness fan, I’ve been given the honour of writing a review for the very first single release from The Magic Brothers new album, The Magic Line, released on the 30th September.
The Magic Brothers are, of course, Nick & Daniel (Woody) Woodgate who are synonymously linked to Madness. That said, I have no intention of making comparisons and I therefore hope that regular readers of the MIS are not expecting to see a written account of the similarities between the two bands. If that’s the case, you will be disappointed.
The Magic Line’s first single release is called You Don’t Have to Hide Your Love Away. It tells the emotional tale of a woman who could never say sorry and subsequently suffers the consequences by living a lonely existence.
All she does is sit alone and wonders where it went wrong,
All she has is a photograph of a man who sang her love songs.
Once her house was full of joy and the streets would ring with laughter,
No one lives here anymore and there’s no one to look after.
Nick’s haunting vocals bring an ethereal quality to this sad story. Further enhancement is provided by a second, higher vocal track that runs alongside. The two voices combine so well that I initially thought the harmonies had been double-tracked with Nick singing both parts. After a closer listen however, I realised the higher voice was female and is in fact, the dulcet tones of Siobhan, Woody’s wife who has contributed to several songs on the album and has a lovely, pure voice.
What I really like about this song is the amazingly smooth and melodic guitar sound. To produce this unique tone, Nick used a Custom Epiphone Gibson Les Paul guitar (which he likes to point out is tobacco-coloured). He tells me he would turn the action down low enough to enable him to bend the strings. Okay, this sounds far too technical for the likes of me, but it obviously has the desired effect reflecting the overall theme and background behind the song effortlessly.
The guitar solo is short, but it’s also very sweet. Whilst I appreciate the time constraints involved with a single, I would have loved to hear a lengthier solo. As a lifelong and somewhat obsessive fan of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, the similarities between his and Nick’s playing style are clearly apparent. It’s a joy for me to hear that distinctive sound in the subtle chord changes.
As far as production is concerned, the overall sound is clean and professional. Woody’s talents as a producer and engineer are showcased. This is where we are given a sneak preview of the delights that surely await us on the album. I mean, is there anything this man cannot do? Drummer, songwriter, lyricist, producer, mixer, engineer, I could go on. Clearly not content with the vast amount of work involved with these roles, along with Nick, Woody has written the music for the entire album, including the strings, brass and woodwind parts. (Incidentally, the score and arrangements for brass and strings on the album was handled by the Violin Monkeys’ very own trombonist Mike Kearsey who did the same for the Madness album The Liberty of Norton Folgate). On the single itself, the little string sections that follow each line of the chorus sound beautiful and in my opinion, are one of the main reasons for the song being so incredibly catchy. After one listen, I find myself singing along to it in my head for the rest of the day!
The bass guitar parts on both the single and the album were again, unsurprisingly written by the brothers, however, they drafted in their long-time friend and multi-instrumentalist Mike McEvoy to play them. Obviously he was an ideal choice having collaborated with Nick before on his solo projects.
Speaking of which, Nick who is a gifted musician and no stranger to making his own albums leaves me wondering why these talented siblings have not recorded an album before. Their work previously in written format has produced three tracks from separate Madness albums (No Money from Wonderful, Kitchen Floor & Leon from Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da) which are arguably the best tracks on those albums.
Luckily for us they’re now writing together so often that there could easily have been more of their songs featured on the latest Madness offering. Basically, it’s been a long time coming for the brothers who had their own band, Steel Erection as teenagers. However, this single, hopefully due for release on the 15th August, means it’s been worth the wait.
If this song is the prelude of what’s to come on the album then I think I can say with some certainty that I will be buying it. Madness fan or not, the magic Woodgate brothers are versatile, original and will appeal to everyone. I eagerly await the train on The Magic Line and recommend that you do the same.
Review for the MIS by Loobyloo
I REMEMBER WAY BACK WHEN
This week, MIS co-editor Rob Hazelby, goes back 5 years to issue 483, and the week of Sunday 3rd August to Saturday 9th August 2008, and then back 10 years to issue 221 and the week of Sunday 3rd August to Saturday 9th August 2003.
5 years ago…
Issue 483 – Sunday 3rd August to Saturday 9th August 2008
We had yet another packed issue this week, and one that would take subscribers a fair old while to plough through if they decided to read through everything we’d put together.
This week we had a really nice MIS exclusive for you, featuring an interview with Diane Dole, one of the Pearley Princesses, who appeared at the recent string of gigs at The Hackney Empire. Diane kindly revealed what it was like to take part in the gig, as well as what it was like to work with the band. We were certain you’d find it a fascinating read.
Our main article this week was the news that a number of artists including Suggs, would be taking part in a nationwide busking event, all in aid of Cancer Research UK. With it being such a worthwhile cause we decided to give it lead article status.
Elsewhere in this issue we reprinted the Madness Trading Ring challenge which asked forum members to guess the songwriters behind the tracks on the Norton Folgate album, a collection of Fossard and Young puns for the new album and full lyrics to the Liberty of Norton Folgate track.
If that wasn’t enough we featured a full transcript of Suggs’ appearance on a recent episode of Something for the Weekend, and gave fans a heads-up on footage of Madness at The Peppermint Lounge, 1981, which had recently surfaced on YouTube.
10 years ago…
Issue 221 – Sunday 3rd August to Saturday 9th August 2003.
Unlike now where the Madness related news seems to be a constant stream, things were somewhat different a decade ago, and a mixture of little band activity and fantastic weather meant that news was rather thin on the ground.
News in from MOT drummer, Dan Fossard was that the band were about to perform at Sound (formerly The Sound Republic), on Leicester Square, on the 7th of August. Not only was it a major venue to play at, but it was a showcase night where record company bosses turned up to see who’s good enough to sign.
With it being such an important gig for the band Dan was emailing to ask if as many Maddies as possible could get themselves along to show their support.
In other news `Tour Madness` editor Jermaine contacted us to say that due to various reasons the September release deadline will now not be met, but there is something planned for a few weeks time. All Jermaine could tell us is that he hopes to have the next update out before Christmas.
Moving on, and Jonathan reported on some direct mail that landed on his door mat, advertising numerous Madness releases at discount prices. However, Jon was quick to point out that even with postage and packing added on, Amazon were still cheaper.
Next up was subscriber Juliet Bulmer, who reported on One Step Below’s late July gig at the Ashton Court Festival in Bristol. Juliet gave the band a rave review, and finished off by saying;
“The set was 30mins long, too short, but fantastic. They ended with Night boat and then Madness and bowed as the crowed sung “oh lay oh lay oh lay oh lay Madness, Madness” Then they all floated off stage”.
We’re wondering if perhaps Juliet may have been on the pop when she wrote that last bit.
Rounding off this week’s issue was a plea from ourselves (on behalf of Chris Mountain), urging those who had shown an interest in going to the forthcoming Madness weekender to pay up! The hotel had been booked, but unless more people stumped up the cash the weekend wouldn’t be taking place.
Thankfully the announcement that Lee would be attending the weekend was enough to encourage people to get their money in.
SIGN OF THE TIMES
Various articles that have caught our eye over the past week or so…
Madness headline Saturday Illuminations weekend
From The Visit Blackpool web site.
It will be the first time Blackpool’s biggest night of the year has been extended into a weekend event and Madness front man Suggs said he is looking forward to playing at another unique and quintessentially British landmark
Suggs said: “Madness in Blackpool? With illuminations? what a combination! We’ll definitely be wearing our sunglasses on stage for this one”
Tickets for Madness go on sale at 9am Thursday 1 August priced £20*.
This week we bring the MIS to a close with a heads-up on some further reading we recommend you get stuck into.
Weighing in at over seventy pages is issue 14 of the Ian Taylor penned ska/Madness fanzine, Mad Not Mad. Entitled “Summer 2013 issue”, this long awaited release comes not only packed with all the latest Madness and ska news, but on the front cover you’ll find the 15 track CD album “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow”, by Too Many Crooks.
The Madness related coverage starts with the “Suggs in the Media” section, which includes transcripts of Suggs interviews from a number of national publications, details of the 10th anniversary production of the Our House musical. Spanning 12 pages, there’s a mass of reading material here.
Next-up is the regular “They Call me Mr. Review” segment, which aims to review any albums the Mad Not Mad team feel you should devote your time and pennies to. This issue covers the following releases:
· Nick Welsh: The Life and Times of a Ska Man
· The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra: You Lucky People and The Benevolence of Sister May Ignatius
· The Caroloregians: Fat is Back
· Bad Manners: Stupidity
· The Skints: S/T
· Ed Rome: A Life in Minutes
· Terry Hall: Laugh
· Skylar: S/T
· No Doubt: Push and Shove
· Sadie’s Doll: S/T
· Four O: Across the Borderline, Tales of the Unexpected
· Drewvis: For the Win
· The Bakesys: Return to the Planet of the Bakeseys
· Timebox: Beggin’
· Missing Andy: Generation Silenced
· Ocean Colour Scene: Painting
· Secret Affair: Soho Dreams
· The Gents: Waiting to be Seen
· Bruce Foxton: Back in the Room
· MOT: Limited Edition Best of
· The Collective: The Complete Collective
· Lanfranco Gaglione: The Baron Sessions
There’s much to plough through in this section, but something seems to have gone slightly awry with part of the Ska Orchestra coverage, as a small section seems to be obscured by the album cover. It’s only a small niggle, and certainly not a deciding factor as to whether you should spend your pennies on the ‘zine.
A special mention must go to the MOT and Lanfranco coverage here. Much loved by the MIS team, it’s nice to see another publication give the band and its sadly passed band member so much editorial space.
On to the Live and Intensified section, and it’s here that a Secret Affair & The Lambrettas, gig which took place at the Kings Hall, Stoke on Trent on 20/10/2012 is covered. Spanning five A4 pages, and including a smattering of photos it’s must read if you have even a passing interest in the bands.
Also in this section is a three page review of Nick Welsh, The Life and Times of a Ska Man gig, from Saturday 1st June, a four page review of the G Festival 13, and a two page review of Madness’ “Goodbye Television Centre” gig, which took place on the 22nd March at the BBC Television Centre.
Moving on, and it’s over to Chris Foreman, who kindly gives an exclusive interview to the fanzine. In this double page article Chrissy Boy talks about 1992 onwards, Norton Folgate, Crunch’s first gig and even his “Cool Dad” status. It’s a fascinating read. Also being interviewed by the fanzine are Doug Sanders & The Lambrettas, in a lengthy triple-page question and answer session. As with the Chrissy Boy interview it’s an exclusive for the fanzine.
We’re back to Madness next, as “The Classic Albums: No. 10” covers 2012’s “Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da”, featuring a fascinating track-by-track lowdown of the album, weighing in at mammoth six pages. It’s a great way to bring the issue to a close, and a fantastic read.
With masses of Madness coverage, plus loads of pages dedicated to the general ska scene we feel it’s probably the best issue of Mad Not Mad yet, and a real bargain at £5 delivered (in the UK). Combine that with the 15 track covermounted CD from Too Many Cooks, and the £5 bargain becomes an absolute steal.
For order enquiries and more information, you can contact Ian Taylor of Mad Not Mad at firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s clear that Ian has spent many, many hours putting this issue together. Why not make his efforts worthwhile by ordering a copy?
Until next week, take care,
Simon Roberts, Jon Young, Liz Hazelby, Rob Hazelby
(With thanks to Ian Taylor and Looby)