Madness Information Service Online Newsletter Issue Number: 769 – Sunday 2nd February to Saturday 8th February 2014
Although there’s been no official announcement, it looks like plans for a 2014 tour are now underway. What evidence do we have? Well, if you skip down to the first article in our Sign of The Times section you’ll see that The Literacy Trust charity are currently running an online auction to include VIP tickets and backstage passes where the winner can choose from a selection of major UK city venues including London, Manchester and Birmingham.
We’ve got nothing else to go on at the moment, but you can be sure that as soon as any further information regarding this possible tour appears we’ll be reporting on it in a subsequent issue of the MIS.
In the meantime dig deep and place your bids. It’s a very worthy cause, and perhaps you could be the winner of those VIP tickets and passes.
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.
July 13th, 2014 Festival Musilac, France http://www.musilac.com/
November 21st – 24th 2014 – Minehead – Earlybird tickets can be ordered here: http://www.bigweekends.com/splash-pages/madness2014.aspx
For tickets also see links via: www.madness.co.uk
2nd – Newbury Corn Exchange
3rd – Loughborough Town Hall
4th – Wakefield Theatre Royal
5th – Southport The Atkinson Theatre
6th – Runcorn The Brindley
8th – Mansfield Palace Theatre
9th – Stamford Corn Exchange
11th – Isle of Wight Shaklin Theatre
12th – Aldershot Princes Hall
13th – Wimborne Tivoli Theatre
15th – Bury St Edmonds The Apex
16th – Tunbridge Wells, Assembly Hall
17th – Stroud Subscription Rooms
22nd – Chelmsford Civic Theatre
23rd – Stevenage Gordon Craig Theatre
24th – Redditch Palace Theatre
25th – Malvern Forum Theatre
26th – Margate Winter Gardens
27th – Northampton Derngate
29th – Bolton Albert Halls
30th – Darlington Civic Theatre
1st – Newark Palace Theatre
2nd – Redhill Harlequin Theatre
3rd – Watford Colosseum
4th – Yeovil Octagon Theatre
10th – DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
13th – Harlow Playhouse
14th – Lowestoft Marina Theatre
16th – Leamington Royal Spa Centre
17th – Jersey Opera House
19th – Milton Keynes The Stables
20th – Winchester Theatre Royal
21st – Epsom Playhouse
22nd – Kettering Lighthouse Theatre
The Magic Brothers
Monday 3rd March, Dublin Castle, Camden, London
Tuesday 11th March, Dublin Castle, Camden, London
Thursday 27th March, Dublin Castle, Camden, London
Thursday 3rd April, Dublin Castle, Camden, London
Thursday 24th April, Dublin Castle, Camden, London
Ticket info at: http://www.bugbearbookings.com/dublin-castle/
Suggs and Friends
The charity fund raising evening “Suggs and Friends” makes a welcome return this coming March. The 2014 fundraiser takes place on March 20th at 6.30pm, with champagne reception and auction.
The £150 donation tickets for pancreatic cancer gain entry to the Porchester Hall event in London W2. There’s no announcement yet as to who is joining Suggs at the exclusive event.
Roger Daltrey has been added to the line-up of this evening.
The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra
Thursday 13th March, Dingwalls, Camden Town, London
More info regarding the above on Facebook at: http://on.fb.me/1mKWGkX
Ska Orchestra web site: www.ltso.mis-online.net
No further gigs or events at present. Keep an eye on http://deafschoolmusic.com for more information.
Near Jazz Experience
*** NEW*** Monday February 10th, 7.30pm, University of Chicago Centre, 6 Rue Thomas Mann. 13eme, Paris.
Louis Vause – Midnight in Havanna
*** NEW *** Saturday 22nd Feb, The Riverhouse Barn, Walton on Thames
*** NEW *** Wednesday 26th Feb, The Speakeasy downstairs at Aces and Eights, Fortess Road, Tufnell Park, London NW5
Blow The Bloody Doors Off, The Music of Michael Caine
*** NEW *** Thursday 6th Feb, Barbican, London. Hosted by Phil Jupitus. Terry Edwards presents 4 Michael Caine film scores. Musicians include Mark Bedford on acoustic and electric Bass and Seamus Beaghen on Hammond organ
If money’s currently burning a hole in your pocket then perhaps we can help with your dilemma.
The Specialized EP Featuring Lee Thompson
A 4 track vinyl EP featuring Lee’s track from the first specialized album and tracks by the Valves, Rhoda Dakar and Nick Welsh.
Should be in stock this coming week.
Thanks go to Chuck Wren and Jump Up Records, Stan from A&R Texas (pressing plant), and Mike Schneider of Indigo Iguana (design).
LOOK SO GOOD YA COULD LICK EM…. Will be available via
The Specialized Big One 2. Live DVD.
For those wanting a copy of the DVD of the Big One 2 event we can reveal that you can now pre-order your copy. This will be limited edition and available into the new year. As is the normal spec with Specialized, all proceeds go to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
LTSO, Bangarang, Featuring Dawn Penn
Single release date mid February.
The Magic Line Album * Out Now! *
Signed T-shirt packages and a deluxe edition.
A range of Magic Brothers T-shirts, Polo Shirts are now available to buy.
The CD album is available via Amazon and the download via iTunes contains an interview with Phil Jupitus talking to Woody about the album. But if you buy the album via the official band site you can choose a signed option or bundle.
If you’ve a spare £75 and are really into the magic, then there are 25 packs going fast that include all of this….
The Magic Line Collectors Pack – Limited Edition of 25 includes; The Magic Line Signed CD Album. The Magic Line Digital Download. The Magic Line T Shirt. Woodys Drumsticks Signed. Nicks Guitar Paick Signed. Copy of Album Lyrics. “Thank You” Phone Call From Woody & Nick.
Our thanks go to Paul Smart for the above
Suggs “The Close” Signed Book
Suggs is one of pop music’s most enduring and likeable figures. Written with the assured style and wit of a natural raconteur, this hugely entertaining and insightful autobiography takes you from his colourful early life on a North London council estate, through the heady early days of Punk and 2-Tone, to the eighties, where Madness became the biggest selling singles band of the decade. Along the way he tells you what it’s like to grow up in sixties Soho, go globetrotting with your best mates, to make a dead pigeon fly and cause an earthquake in Finsbury Park.
Suggs is a singer, songwriter, DJ, actor and TV presenter. He is perhaps best known as lead singer with Madness, who have had 24 top-twenty hits and continue to tour. Suggs lives in Camden, London.
– Features unseen and exclusive lyrics. - 352 pages. - Hardback.
Louis Vause – Midnight in Havana
“Oh dear. I’m alive..!” Pianist Louis Vause has always said that his albums are “Gouged out of him by circumstance” but his third album ‘Midnight In Havana’really is a case in point.
Recorded as a valedictory set, a swansong if you like, after he was told that the onset of cancer meant that he had mere months to live, the completion of the work coincided with his liver transplant and the all clear. He was in the pink. The same could not be said for his credit cards which had covered Louis’ uncharacteristically cavalier spending on recording costs.
Mark Adamson of the Deaf School Website gives us an exclusive quote or two from Suggs, on the forthcoming Deaf School Book.
Deaf School – the story is told at last!
“For me, the gigs Deaf School have done recently have been some of the best I’ve seen by any band.”
So writes Suggs in his foreword to a book, published this month amid a flurry of Deaf School gigs and other Book Launch events, charting the creation and career of a band that influenced so many artists that followed – and that still fills venues 40 years after their debut at the Liverpool School of Art Christmas Dance.
Deaf School had a huge impact on Madness (Suggs: “Back in my youth I met some characters who were a right bunch, but what we had in common was that we loved Deaf School.”) – not least, of course, because guitarist Clive Langer’s became Madness producer and because Suggs married Deaf School singer Bette Bright!
Written by leading rock music writer, author and broadcaster Paul du Noyer, a lifetime Deaf School fan, Deaf School: The Non-Stop Pop Art Punk Rock Party, is published later this month by the Liverpool University Press, priced at £14.99. Accompanying the publication of the book is a Deaf School exhibition, featuring original art works by band members, posters, photos, rare films of live performances, band stage costumes and much more.
The book is available from Deaf School’s website at www.deafschoolmusic.com
SPECIALIZED 3 – MAD NOT CANCER – FANZINE
This week we received an email from Ian Taylor, editor of the long running Mad Not Mad fanzine. For those of you who aren’t aware of the publication, it’s fanzine containing news and features covering the general Ska scene, and, as the title may possibly suggest, massive smatterings of Madness coverage.
Ian tells us that he is currently in the process of putting together a Mad Not Mad special edition, featuring all the past Madness articles, reviews and interviews published in the fanzine over the years. Alongside that lot, we’re promised that all being well, a brand new interview with Woody will also be making an appearance.
All proceeds from the sale of this special edition of the fanzine will go towards the Mad Not Cancer charity.
The Mad Not Mad special is still in the early days of development, but as soon as we hear anything further we’ll be sure to let you know.
“SPECIALIZED 3 – MAD NOT CANCER” – UPDATE
TCTCD003- Specials2 Records
Released June 23rd 2014
ALL PROCEEDS TO TEENAGE CANCER TRUST
In 2014 phase 3 of Specialized project commences with a new album of covers by modern artists. This time, the subject can only be the musical juggernaut that is North London’s finest, MADNESS. Madness have few equals in the pop world as regards their sheer likeability and crafted songs. Their rhythms are infectious, their lyrics personal and adaptable and with the most extensive catalogue of tunes in the business. These brilliant tracks will undoubtedly raise interest, people’s spirits and money for the charity. The album “Mad Not Cancer” is destined for release in June 2014.
FIRST LOVE SONG FROM SPECIALIZED 3.
We have a beautiful promo track for the Specialized 3- Mad Not Cancer album for download for Valentines Day…. You won’t get this track on the album….All proceeds to TCT. TRUST US – THIS IS SOULFULLY BEAUTIFUL.
UPDATE ROUND UP OF ANNOUNCED ARTISTS FOR JUNE ALBUM SO FAR…
As formely announced Dave Wakeling is covering Our House, the specialized collective features… Roddy Radiation, Horace Panter, Rhoda Dakar, Jennie Mathias, Charley Anderson, Saxa, from The Specials, Bodysnatches, Belle stars, and The beat, plus members of the uptown ska collective.
Specialized 3 -Mad Not Cancer sees a return of a huge specialized favourite SWAGGA! Swagga will be treating us to their unique style on the track ”Don’t Quote me On That” ! This’ll be a blinder. (This one is MIS’s hot tip, the band are known for their humorous rap updates on songs by Madness, ska and two tone tracks and more, and this has to be Madness’s own first rap style record back before Rap really exsisted in it’s many forms since. This makes a great trilogy following Stupid Marriage and Hit and the Jackpot. Once again Darren Fordham is on backing vocals. – Editor note. Jon)
We can announce the arrival of THE ORIGINALS! a collective of some of the best names in ska, rocksteady & reggae! They are to record for “Specialized 3 – Mad Not Cancer…” so far the list reads- Derrick Morgan, Dennis Alcapone, Winston Francis, Barry Biggs, Dobby Dobson, Count Prince Miller & Tony Washington! There is a possibility of it expanding with further personnel.
Back by popular demand! Ladies n gentlemen Specialized are very pleased to announce that BIG FAT PANDA will be appearing on Specialized 3. They will be performing the track ” Johnny The Horse”.
After announcing that USA ska stars Bim Skala Bim were to play on Specialized 3 with “Nightboat To Cairo” , news in announces that they will be joined by USA ska legend Dave Hillyard on sax! Much excitement!
The Evil Turkeys will be performing on Specialized 3! Its fair to say that the track they are performing ” In The City” has to be the quickest turn around track Specialized has ever had! Formed from the ashes of several infamous and notorious bands, combining a mutual love for punk, ska, rock and roll and playing live shows.
Specialized are very chuffed to announce that UK ska & reggae legend KING HAMMOND aka Nick Welsh will be appearing by popular demand on Specialized 3 – Mad Not Cancer! KH will be performing the classic ” Bed & Breakfast Man”…
Last year The Humanitarians contributed a version of Sugar and Stress to the Beat covers album. This year Specialized will showcase the music of Madness, and the Humanitarians’ offering got its first public airing last week at a Torquay gig, though it’s yet to be announced online what song they are tackling.
Specialized are very pleased to announce that rising UK star MADDY CARTY will appear on Specialized 3 – Mad Not Cancer album in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. Watch this girl- big star gonna be! Maddy will be appearing with her version of ” NW5
Chuffed to bits, to announce that Brighton’s finest and UK ska legends THE HOTKNIVES will be appearing on Specialized 3-Mad Not Cancer with their rendition of Madness’ ” Razor Blade Alley”!
“we’ve just heard a juicy punk fuelled storming track”
“Heard 2 more demos today for Specialized 3. Lovely reggae, and cool stripped back versions. Blooming marvellous!”
And as well as all the announcements made on the specialized facebook page where you can get daily updates, MIS can reveal that following last years performance at the house of fun with us, French band “Indeed” are currently working on a version of Burning the Boats for the album. Cest Manifique!”
**** COMPETITION TIME!!! ****
Fantastic offer from one of our Specialized supporters, Mike from The Special Brew band has generously put forward this great offer!
Currently there are official Specialized Mad not Cancer logos (see below)…. But if you could design it, what would it look like?? So the Competition is as follows, Enter your design for the logo and the Top 5 entries will not only be chosen as winners but Mike will make up 100 of each of the 5 chosen into actual pin badges. These badges will then be up for sale at £1 each. Thats a further £500 to Teenage Cancer Trust!!! An amazing offer from Mike as he will not be charging us for this so its full profit for us, Total win win situation. Get designing folks………
Entries can be made at – Specializedlogo@yahoo.com Closing date Monday 24th February!
Specialized Beat Teenage Cancer Facebook-
Specialized Beat teenage Cancer Twitter
Paul “Willo” Williams
SIGN OF THE TIMES
Madness: VIP Tickets and Backstage Passes
Two VIP tickets to see Madness on their 2014 December arena tour.
Experience includes top seats and backstage or aftershow party access.
Choose from a selection of major UK city venues (to include London, Manchester and Birmingham).
Dates subject to availability.
Clare Bolton, Head of Marketing, National Literacy Trust
The Music of Michael Caine
Knighted in 2000 and nominated for an Oscar in each of the last five decades, Caine turned 80 last year, prompting the musician Terry Edwards to come up with the idea of a concert based on four of the actor’s most popular and influential films. To be performed at the Barbican on 6 February, the event will feature music from The Ipcress File (1965), Alfie (1966), The Italian Job (1969) and Get Carter (1971)
“Some things will be played straighter than others,” Edwards said. “There are elements that are fairly rigid – like ‘The Self-Preservation Society’, which sounds like a raucous rabble-rousing song, and indeed it is, but it goes through quite a number of key changes and it has to be read quite meticulously.”
He is reminded of the story told by the lyricist Don Black of coming up with the words to the song after Quincy Jones, a black American, had shown an interest in rhyming slang: “He’d say, ‘What do you mean, having a butcher’s?’ It’s like a shopping list of rhyming slang – a bit like one of Ian Dury’s list songs. That’s my type of music.”
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Madness related snippets from Facebook, Twitter and other online sources
Talking to Paul Muscat recently, Woody spoke about the history of his previous band, with Nick, the rock group FAT (which stood for F**k All That).
Woody Woodgate: “Put the band together with my good friend Paul Andrews in 1992. Nick played guitar in the first reincarnation, then we put together a new Fat playing more Rock Rap. Got a record deal, put out Downtime as a single with a video. Toured this country extensively, but not much happened until the Americans came calling. I left the band just before they got a US deal. The band toured the States until they imploded a few years later. Great band.”
“Tuba for Hire! pic.twitter.com/NlvKe1UAOJ”
(Picture of Mark’s tuba lesson certificate ..Passing of his grade one term)
“Article: Nudie Cohn, the Rodeo tailor. Me & CB Foreman once met him in LA. A one-off who made Elvis’s gold lamé suit. http://bit.ly/1dwq0dK “
“Received some @BarkPamphlet’s today – I now know how to heckle a sub-standard ventriloquist: ‘Gollocks’. Very funny.”
“Really enjoying watching these short films: http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com.
Jerry Seinfeld talks to other comedians…”
“In India phone blown up! Managed to block my email account! Felt liberated for all of ten mins. hooray. hello!”
“Hey all, still in india, blackf*ckberry completely knackered Email, every blue moon. But thanks for B/day messages! See you when I get back.”
“Lost all my contacts and some real life people”
“Just went to see Deer Tick, great band!”
“Watching Micky Flanagan. Hilarious. CB pic.twitter.com/XLJwY0g5xP”
“Ok, time to tidy up the fridge. That bottle of mineral water on the third shelf will have to go.CB pic.twitter.com/rtyrWMpHhl”
“Studio part 2. Chris @1gorgeousgeorge pondering nicking the mixing desk, after suffering massive gambling losses. CB pic.twitter.com/EYrSntbWnc”
“I fancy some of this, anybody got some? CB pic.twitter.com/TNpC2btwWw”
“@1gorgeousgeorge:studio tomorrow to mix with @CBoyForeman in driving seat! I am not driving you around, I want the sofa, no gambling. CB”
“I had to answer this call. Burned my face, dammit! pic.twitter.com/FUmMtoaOyz”
“Stage 2 of the new Magic Brothers album. Record the Bass. Looking forward to working with Dan Drury at my place tomorrow.”
Retweeted by Magic Brothers
“MIS Online @MIS_Online Jan 21
MIS app preview &3 @magicbrothers3 now headline our Gigs page! When you click you can buy tickets pic.twitter.com/8YxMw6rrB1”
“I’ve only been interviewed by the bloody Guardian – by the legendary Richard Williams, no less! ….”
“Singing for the Swagga album has wrecked my throat. The producer wanted some parts sung in quite a high register (for me) and now I’m paying for it. Was it worth it? Hell yeah!”
I REMEMBER WAY BACK WHEN
This week, MIS co-editor Rob Hazelby, goes back 5 years to issue 509, and the week of Sunday 1st February to Saturday 7th February 2009, and then back 10 years to issue 247 and the week of Sunday 1st February to Saturday 7th February 2004.
5 years ago…
Issue 509 – Sunday 1st February to Saturday 7th February 2009
Although it had only been a few weeks since this year’s Madstock concert had been announced, the band had now added three more summer gigs to their ever growing gig line-up. These new dates would see Madness perform in Hampshire, Gloucestershire and Norfolk.
Rumours were also flying around that the band had been booked to play Berlin on Friday 5th June. We were just waiting for this to be officially confirmed.
On to conservation news, and The London Evening Standard were reporting that thanks to the efforts of Suggs and numerous locals The Light, a bar in Shoreditch was recommended to be included in a conservation area. This would make it safe from demolition as part of a £500 million city development. If a conservation order was passed, Lord Foster’s Bishop’s Place scheme would have to be redesigned to accommodate the venue, which was inside a former Great Eastern Railway electricity station.
Our feature in this week’s issue covered a massive review and tour date lowdown for Ska band, The Inflatables. Rounding off his lengthy piece of writing, Jonathan Young commented;
“They simply play the best choice of pop music you could want if you were an 80’s two tone era fan, recognisable enough to love it like you love the originals and with a small enough twist to give their own unique stamp on the songs to make them more than just borrowers, but a unique partying solid fun experience.”
Elsewhere, and we featured part to of an article we ran a couple of months back about Carl helping out Carlisle United with their intro to One Step Beyond.
Carl requested that he would like Carlisle Utd to return the favour by donating toys to severely physically and mentally handicapped children in Ibiza via the Apneef charity which Carl raises money for each year at the Butterfly Ball. The article we printed was taken from Carlisle Utd’s own web site.
We brought this issue to a close with the news that Jean Pierre Boutellier was making great strides with his Madness compilation tribute album. Jean Pierre and his team had already received around 25 titles, and are waiting for 3 or 4 more to arrive in February before they closed the pre-selection.
We were also told that a track list for this forthcoming tribute album would be published as soon as all the tracks were confirmed, and at the same time, a web site devoted to the album would also go live.
10 years ago…
Issue 247 – Sunday 1st February to Saturday 7th February 2004
With it being a slow news week in the world of Madness the size of the issue reflected the sheer lack activity within and surrounding the band.
We started off with news that comedian Dave Gorman had been bigging Madness up on Radio Northern Ireland. Not only that, but he’d also been mentioning his love of Madness in his new book – Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventures.
When visiting Space Needle in his book he compares the UFO shape of its design to a hover car he once drew in his school book as a nine year old child, which he notes he had decorated with Madness logos.
Last week we mentioned the unreleased Madness track `Perfect Place`, of which snippets of the studio version, and a complete run of the live track had kindly been made available online by folks over at the Madness Trading Ring forums.
This week they kindly uploaded a number of other live tracks that had still yet to officially see the light of day. The tracks in question were: `Alligator With A Stanley Knife`, `Winter In Wonderland`, and `Natural Act`. The tracks were free to download.
All you needed to do was to sign-up to The Madness Trading Ring.
Moving on, and Jermaine of Tour Madness came back for part two of his Christmas 2003 tour write-up. This week The Forum gig in Kentish Town, and the Sheffield Hallam FM Arena gigs were covered. For those of you who were too engrossed in the shows to remember what was played, Jermaine had kindly provided a complete track listing of each performance.
Elsewhere, we had news that Blue Grape have finally got the Christmas 2003 tour merchandise in stock and available for purchase online. If for one reason or another there was something you didn’t purchase on the night, now is was chance to add it to the collection.
And finally, towards the end of this issue we had news that Madness recently jetted out to Paris to launch the 2004 Autumn Season of designer Yohji Yamamoto. Although not managing to get our there ourselves and see this we did have a brief write-up and links to photos, so you could find out just what went on.
It’s almost time to bring this issue of the MIS to a close, but before we do we’ve got a few last minute bits to pass in your direction.
First-up, and MIS subscriber Eddie Wills has been in touch to update us on the costume for the new Dr Who, Peter Capaldi. Why? Read on and find out;
“Mr. Capaldi obviously has excellent taste choosing a Crombie and DMs for his costume – shame hasn’t rounded it off with a pork pie hat! It seems other people have made the connection as well; check out point 2 in this article:
Next, here’s Tony Scarrott;
“Thought I would share what Mr. Postman bought to ‘Our House’ pardon the pun, today! My raffle prize!!!
Thanks to The Maddies for signing, Fordie for raising funds for ‘The Specialized Project’ and Canvas Customs – Unique feet by Lauren, for designing the boots!”
Very nice indeed!
Moving on, and here’s Mark Robinson with some Gladness related news;
“Gladness has been available in the B&M store in Lincoln for the last three weeks. Don’t know if it’s in all their stores though. Selling for £1.69.Would be great if they get Lovestruck too!
Tesco sell theirs for £1.99 – http://www.tesco.com/groceries/Product/Details/?id=281934467”
Magic Brothers news now, and Bug Bear will be chatting with Woody about the forthcoming run of shows in London’s finest pub venue The Dublin Castle, Camden Town. The show takes place at 8:00pm on Monday 3rd Feb, and you can text the show live on air on 07956 313 239 8pm. You can listen live by going to http://www.shoreditchradio.co.uk/
And finally, if you are coming along to Magic Monday (3rd Feb), the day The Magic Brothers start their Dublin Castle residency you can find Madmeet info and more by following the below Facebook link:
The MIS team (well, Jon) will be attending the event, so please come and say hello, and if you are coming along please don’t forget to knock-up a review of the evening and send it in to us for publication. We’ll be more than happy to print it.
Until next week, take care,
Jon Young, Rob Hazelby, Simon Roberts, Paul Williams
(With thanks to Ian Taylor, Paul Muscat, Eddie Wills,
Mark Robinson and Shannan McBride)