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Madness Information Service Online Newsletter Issue Number: 869 – Sunday 3rd January to Saturday 9th January 2016

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We begin this first full issue of 2016 with some sad news, as on Monday 28th December, Specials drummer John Bradbury passed away aged 62.

Visitors to thespecials.com web site were greeted with the following message:

“It is with deepest regret that we have to announce the very sad news that our much loved husband and father John “Brad” Bradbury passed away on Monday the 28th of December. Brad’s drumming was the powerhouse behind The Specials and it was seen as a key part to the Two Tone sound.

He was much respected in the world of drumming and his style of reggae and ska was seen as genuinely ground breaking when The Specials first hit the charts in 1979. He was an integral part of The Specials reforming in 2008 and toured with them extensively up to the present day.

His contribution to the world of music can not be understated and he will much missed by family, friends and fans alike. It is the families sincerest wish that they are allowed the time to remember him privately”.

Elsewhere online, and Mr. Foreman left the following comments upon learning of John’s passing;

“A great drummer. “Prince Rimshot” 

Very sad and shocking news. Sending all my love and condolences to Roddy Byers Neville Staple, Horace Panter 

Terry Hall Jerry Dammers Lynval Golding and Brads family. X”

On to happier news now, and the first Madness related gig of the year comes courtesy of the Ska Orchestra, which takes place on the15th of this month at Camden’s Jazz Café.

The band might well air their new single, as it’ll still be winter, plus it’ll  give more sounds from forthcoming second album “Bite the bullet”.

The MIS will be there, and you’ll be able to find us earlier on that Friday afternoon in The Dublin Castle. It’d be great to see you there.

Now, on with the issue.

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.




Saturday 28th, Dauwpop Festival, Netherlands (headliners)
More info at: http://www.dauwpop.nl


Saturday 6th –Tartan Heart Festival, Inverness, Scotland (headliners)

More info at www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk


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




17th – An evening with Suggs and Friends for Pancreatic Cancer. The Emirates Stadium


22nd – Scarborough Spa Theatre
23rd – Lincoln Drill Hall
24th – Carlisle Sands Centre
25th – Ilkley King’s Hall
27th – Bournemouth Pavillion Theatre
28th – Bath The Forum
29th – Worcester Huntingdon Hall
30th – Wrexham William Aston Hall


1st – Crewe Lyceum Theatre
3rd – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
4th – Sheffield Lyceum
5th – 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire


The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra

January 15th – Jazz Cafe – Camden Town London


Near Jazz Experience

More info at: https://www.facebook.com/NearJazzExperience


26th – Near Jazz Experience + Support + DJ, Indo, 133 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1DT. 8pm. Free Entry




Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra – It May be Winter Outside 

This was finally released on Christmas day, and can be purchased from the following Amazon and iTunes links:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.co.uk/May-Winter-Outside-He…/…/ref=sr_1_1…

Itunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/it-may-be-winter-outside-but/id1062562074?i=1062562075


Limited Edition Madness Harrington Jackets 

Official Madness Harrington Jacket in both black and navy are now available from the madstore.

£60 in small medium large X large and XX large.   In tartan lining stylish cut. M logo and laurel motif and an M pin badge.

You can see Mark Bedford and Lee Thompson with his scooter modelling the designs.


Dr. Marten’s Web Site Sale

Many shoes discounted. Grab yourself a bargain!




Suggs – My Mad Life Crisis

Originally aired on Radio 4 – Christmas Eve – 14.15 –  ** Listen again via the BBC iPlayer until January 22nd **

Duration 45 minutes.

The Madness frontman tells his funny and moving true-life story.

The death of Suggs’ beloved cat on his fiftieth birthday triggers a personal quest to discover what happened to the father he never knew. Stunned by what he learns, Suggs takes us back to his childhood and his first appearance on Top Of The Pops at the age of eighteen.

Adapted for radio by Owen Lewis from the stage play My Life In Words And Music by Graham McPherson and Toby Follet.

Other parts played by Ewan Bailey and Philippa Stanton.

Pianist: Dean Mumford

Director: Owen Lewis
Producer: Karen Rose
A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

Actor Suggs

Actor Ewan Bailey

Actor Philippa Stanton

Writer Graham McPherson

Writer Toby Follet

Abridger Owen Lewis

Director Owen Lewis

Producer Karen Rose

Listen online here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06tk8hw


Madness descends on Burnham radio station

December 15th 2015


Maldon tuned in to the sound of Madness when a star descended on SaintFM and debuted his new song.

Madness saxophonist and songwriter Lee Thompson spent two hours on the radio station, as part of Mr Happy’s Ska and Mod Show on SaintFM and played new single from the Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra, ‘It May Be Winter Outside’.

He reminisced about younger life in Camden in the 1970s and amused listeners by retelling tales of other stars.




As one year draws to a close we take a look back over the past 12 months and highlight some of the highs and lows that took place over the previous 52 weeks.

In this issue we review January to June 2015…

January 2015

The year got underway with the news that although the Boxing Day sales have been and gone, the Madstore were offering between 15% and 50% off stock! If you wanted to fill those gaps in your collection of Madness merchandise then this was the sale for you.

There were T-shirts promoting various Madness ales, beanies, fezzes, mugs, Invaders tees and much, much more. If you had any pennies left over from the seasonal spending then this was your opportunity to make the most of it.

January was also the month where Retro Madness unveiled their list of the top 101 most collectable Madness related items. To stand any chance of being on the list, the item had to be worth in excess of £25, be visually interesting, and have been produced in quantities (unique competition prizes, for example can’t be collected by a multitude of people).

The list is still online and makes for some fascinating reading as it’s full of little facts. Did you know that the first ever Madness CD was released in 1983? Dating from 1983, and a Japanese only release, the album was Stiff’s Complete Madness.

You can check out the full list at: http://retro-madness.co.uk/museum.php

Around the middle of the month Suggs revealed, via his Twitter feed, that the band were “preparing for a buffet of new songs/tour” and that they had “just recorded a song called ‘Rag and Bone Man’ in Ray Davies’ studios, Muswell Hill”.

In the MIS gig listings we only had two Madness entries – November 20th – 23rd was showing as The House of fun Weekender number five, while for Summer 2015 all we had to go on was “Operation Grandslam”, and a message telling us that more information would be coming soon.

Suggs, meanwhile, was booked-in for “An Evening With Suggs and Friends”, an event in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK, which was due to take place on the 12th March. With the event being priced at £160 a ticket, we had a feeling that few readers of the MIS would be attending.

Continuing on the subject of Suggs, and this month saw the great man make his first appearance on BBC TV comedy quiz show “QI”. You can still find footage from the show where the panelists participate in a scientific trick involving a glass of water;


Towards the end of the month we brought you news of the real life Bed and Breakfast Man, John Hasler, as we reported that his band, The Skiff Skats, would be performing on February 13th and 14th at the 100 Club and Dublin Castle, respectively.

The month drew to a close with a newsflash from Woody, who reported;

“Finally finished mixing my latest album. Songs written by my brother Nick and I, but with a great new backing band and lead singer Dan Shears. Artwork, and Woody Woodgate website almost ready.

Watch this space.”

Exciting times!

February 2015

We kicked off the month with the news that Suggs would be performing a reprisal of the Our House musical… in a prison! Yes, this was totally true. The show would run from the 27th February to the 7th March at Isis Prison, Woolwich. Tickets were available to members of the public, but naturally the terms and conditions were rather lengthy.

Following the announcement of The Silencerz gig on the 14th of February, the same day as the Skiff Skats afternoon performance, a multi-gig Madmeet was planned. From 1:00pm – 6:00pm, the meet would take place in the Dublin Castle, before moving down The Northern Line to The Chandos Arms, Barnet, at 8:00pm, for The Silencerz gig featuring Lee Thompson. You were invited to join the meet at either leg.

This month news reached us revealing that the Specialized Cancer charity had now raised more than £35,000 for their causes. With Lee Thomson now revealed as being an ambassador for the charity we were certain that this amount would grow and grow.

Just prior to Valentine’s Day we reported that the full details of the much discussed Grandslam were almost ready to roll out. With recent rumours of Haydock, Chelmsford, Newmarket and Epsom gigs circulating online it looked like there would be plenty of race meet action over the forthcoming Summer.

To promote the forthcoming Grandslam tour (as it now looked like it was going to be a fully fledged tour), the band released the following promotional video to help spread the word:


Following last month’s announcement that a new album from The Woodgate Brothers was in the works, we were able this month to publish the full tracklisting from the forthcoming release.

Spanning 13 tracks, the album was due to be released some time in April.

The Woodgate Brothers weren’t the only ones with album news, as Clive Langer’s band “The Clang Group” were launching their new EP on Domino Records, with a gig in Islington on Thursday 19th Feb.

As the month drew to a close the news we’d all been waiting for landed with a crash. It was all systems go for the Grandslam tour.

A bountiful stock of cricket grounds, horse racing courses and rugby grounds made up the venues for this forthcoming tour. The venues delighted fans across England and Wales as many of the gigs were due to take place in more unusual and lesser travelled Madness touring territories. The majority were also quite sizeable venues, making ideal locations for large parties and Madmeets.

From May to September, from Lincoln to Durham, this was due to be the biggest ever outdoor tour by the band. It was truly grand.

Not to be totally outdone by Madness, this month we learned that Deaf School would be in Tokyo during the month of March, promoting and album on the Japanese label Hayabusa Landings.

March 2015

March began with the news that Madness were number one in the charts. The music charts? Unfortunately not. The band had to make do with being number one in Ticketmaster’s “Most Searched Artists” category. Clearly the Grandslam message had reached a very wide audience.

Following the release of his debut album “Morning”, Nick Woodgate sent us details of his new EP; a six track release called “Hope”.

All proceeds from sale of the EP would go to the Rethink Mental Illness Charity. A very worthwhile cause indeed.

Back to the Grandslam tour, and while many Maddies were overjoyed with the mass of tour dates spanning the length and breadth of the British Isles, it didn’t go unnoticed that Scotland seemed to be completely devoid of gigs. Suggs commented that a Scottish date was possible, and this was subsequently backed up by Woody, who followed up with “He’s not wrong”.

Fans based in or near Scotland didn’t have to wait long for the news, as early in the month the band announced that the Grandslam tour would be taking them to East Links, Montrose, on the 5th of July. Not only that, but tickets were already on sale.

Over to Woody news, and the release of his solo album “In Your Mind” was getting ever closer. Not only that, but Amazon now had a pre-order link up and running. Unfortunately, the April release date had been put back to June 1st.

This month we also learned that Lee Thompson and his ever capable Ska Orchestra would be entering the recording studio next month, with the intention of putting down a whopping 15 tracks! Lee also reported that the band’s next gig would be at The Garage, Highbury, on Saturday 1st August.

March also brought with it some sad news, as we were informed that long time Madness fan, TMML and MML member, Jenny Payne has sadly passed away. Jenny sadly lost her life in a car accident.

Towards the end of the month we were able to report on much happier news, as 2015’s Record Store Day looked to be an exciting one for Madness collectors. On April, 18th, a 1,000 copy limited edition 7” of ‘Lovestruck’, which had never been available on vinyl, and backed with ‘Le Grand Pantalon’, best known for its use in a 2011 Kronenbourg TV ad, were due to make their vinyl debut.

The release was planned to come with a unique insert, a ‘Madness Presents’ 3D ‘Love Struck’ Toy Theatre, a replica of a classic Punch & Judy puppet theatre.

Meanwhile, on Facebook the Dublin Castle Facebook page seemed to suggest that there would be a matinee Ska Orchestra gig taking place on Sunday 19th April. Lee Thompson himself wrote “Oh Really? I’m at the sea side with my grandkids that day. Will try to get along. If not, have a great time.”. Perhaps there was no truth in the rumour.

The month came to a close with the news that the first single from Cathal’s “A Comfortable Man” album, entitled “Do You Believe in Love?”, would be available for download from the 25th March.

Finally, in a fun PR stunt, ahead of the band’s Blackheath Festival appearance, members of the band turned up on Black Heath armed with lawnmowers. No, they weren’t planning to prepare the grass for the event. It was merely a photo opportunity.

April 2015

As is traditional in many circles, including the online Madness community, the month kicked-off with a number of April fool pranks.

It began with Rob Kaisimier over on “The Madness” group page on facebook who claimed that Salvo would be releasing that missing “THE” album on the morrow of the 1st.

Next, over at “All Things Madness” they hosted this year’s MIS prank. We ran a competition claiming there was going to be a Grandslam warm up gig continuing the theme of sporting venues it would take place at the National Tiddly Winks Stadium in Cambridge. No such gig or venue of such size for a tiddly sport exsists of course. It’s much smaller than that. But the promise of free tickets fooled a near hundred into the replying with the required response which was to obtain the “unbelievable total wink Madness prize”. All you had to do was reply with “WINK”, and choose 3 numbers. A load of winks ensued. Sometimes even those calling out the date still then added a wink to win. Nudge, nudge say no more!

Over with The Ska Orchestra… Darren Fordham posted…

“It’s with mixed emotions that I have to announce that Thommo will be taking a ‘back seat’ for the recording of the next TLTSO album. He has allowed me ‘full rein’ and so, we will be reverting to my first love of 80’s pop and will record under the name of TDFPO (The Darren Fordham Pop Orchestra). I can also reveal the working title of the album is ‘A Fool And His Money’. I do hope you give the band your continued support x” 

And, deeply saddening if it was true would have been this from Official Madness DJ Darren Bennett;

“Selling my reggae singles, can’t be arsed with it anymore, £5 each…or I’m at ford car boot sale on Saturday”

The French MIS had their own fantastically made up story along the lines of…

“Suggs was on interview this morning on Absolute Radio. Our Man announce a brand new Madness album with classics Madness tracks and some covers. He also said that a lot of guest will be on this record like Ray Davies, Roger Daltrey, Wilko Johnson, Prince Buster, Noel Gallagher, Dalmon Albarn, Jerry Dammers,Tom Meighan, Toots, Terry Hall, Baxter Dury and The Cuban Brothers. “I listen to the 2004 “True Love” Toots album. A record with the best Toots songs played by Toots and some guests like Eric Clapton, Terry Hall etc… I have this idea to do the same thing with Madness. All over the years we have not work much with a lot of musicians and we will do this now!”

Moving on to non prank related items, and a thread on the “All Things Madness” Facebook group caused one Chris Foreman to comment;

“That hat is literally old hat.

I could never stand the original naff pork pie hat drawing but I understand why so many people love it and have tattoos etc and I love you all. But we had to get shot of it. The actual logo is the “M” itself.

The Crown “M” was drawn by myself using Claris Works on an Apple Mac way back. We actually didn’t have a copy of the logo and the band thought the old M was a bit badly drawn. The crown was added and is sometimes too large. Zzzzz”

Tour news, and while gigs continued to be added to the Grandslam tour plans for the fifth Madness Weekender in Minehead were also surfacing. This month we learned that Craig Charles was back in the line-up, and that he’d be curating the entire Sunday night on centre stage.

This month a long-lost performance of the band performing outside Alton Towers way back in 1985 not only surfaced, but was captured and made available on YouTube. The song was “Yesterday’s Men”, and was originally aired on children’s TV show “Hold Tight”.

On-screen captions gave tenuous ‘family’ links of Suggs’ singing wife, and Dave Robinson’s wedding was also mentioned. Here at the MIS we have memories of Hold Tight, and we felt that for this performance Suggs may have got dressed in the dark judging by the state of his trousers / track bottoms / MC Hammer strides

Check the video out for yourselves: http://youtu.be/TJ2Rr7_LURw

(Thanks go to Dicka for the capture and upload)

As the 2015 Record Store Day got ever closer, we provided details of the 65 record shops who would be stocking the limited edition Lovestruck 7”. With a mere 1,000 copies available we were certain that many Madness fans would end up without one.

By the middle of April we reported that one of the Grandslam gigs had already sold out. The Fratton Park, Portsmouth concert penned in for June 6th were now out of general tickets, and if you still wanted to attend you’d need to fork out for a much pricier entrance.

It may have been a good six weeks until the first date of the Grandslam tour took place, but already you could order the latest official tour T-shirt from the band’s online store. Not only that, but a range of vinyl stickers and a Madness Brewing Company bottle opener were also now available.

As the month drew to a close both Woody and Cathal took to the radio to chat and promote their respective forthcoming albums. Woody spoke to Tracey Young on Radio Essex, while Cathal appeared as a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends.

May 2015

This month got off to an amazing start with the news that the band had returned to the recording studio to work on the next set of tunes, with Woody posting;

“Looking forward to another day in the studio with Madness. Writing some cracking songs. I’m really enjoying it. More please.”

Surely that was the greatest bit of pre-Grandslam news we could possibly hear, as the multi-month tour was almost upon us.

Not to be outdone by his six ex-band members, Cathal’s debut solo album “A Comfortable Man” finally saw the light of day as it landed in music stores online and up and down the country. To coincide with the launch Carl would be in London for three events. The first was an album signing at Fopp. Following that he’d be in conversation with Gavin Martin at Talking Musical Revolutions, who told us that a couple of tracks would be performed acoustically at the event. This then finished with a full musical hall show, again at Shepherds Bush.

This was also a month where Madness offshoot bands would also announce a number of forthcoming gigs. Deaf School revealed gigs for the 4th and 5th of June, with The Clang Group confirming a date for the 19th of the same month. With the Grandslam tour and other Madness related gigs taking place, the Summer was turning out to be a packed one for us fans, with loads of dates and bands to choose from.

Back on to the subject of Deaf School, and the band had been back in the studio for the first time in four years, and the result was the release of a bumper 13-track album “Launderette”. Featuring a mix of new songs and rocking live classics, the album would be released later in the month.

As the month drew to a close the gates opened and we were off! The Grandslam tour had begun, and so had five months of almost continuous touring. What a Summer we were in for!

June 2015

The Grandslam Tour may have only just kicked-off, but the band continued to announce further gigs. At the start of the month Madness revealed that they’d be performing at the Gibralter Festival on the 6th of September. A festival which would see them perform alongside The Kaiser Chies and Kings of Leon.

Now that the tour was underway we could finally get our hands on the tour programme, and what a lovely publication it was.

Compiled by Gavin Martin, a veteran of writing Madness tour programmes, we felt it stepped up to the podium and claimed first place as it was such a quality item.

Like the tour itself the Grandslam programme took inspiration from the world of sport, and the easy to hold A5ish sized glossy booklet compiled by “Talking Music Revolutions” resembled the kind of programmes you get at football stadiums. Decked in the green theme of the tour, the huge chunks of text began with an amusing piece by a fictional groundskeeper of the event you are attending, in tone like that of a slightly disgruntled parkie.

Purchasers of the Grandslam programme may have spotted an advert for the second Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra with a working title of “Biting The Bullet”. Autumn was stated as the “hopeful” release date.

By the middle of the month a number of Grandslam gigs had now taken place, and with that came the fan and press reviews. Thankfully all seemed to be glowing, and  there was much excitement and interest around two newly aired tracks “Where did all the Good Times go?” and “Mumbo Jumbo”. Would these make the cut for the next album? Only time would tell.

Next week..

With June at an end, this brings part one of our lookback of 2015 to a close.

In next week’s issue we take a whistlestop blast through the final six months of the year. Hopefully this second part will continue to remind you of what a packed year it’s been for the band and us fans..

Rob Hazelby




Specialized – One Heart

It;s One heart beyond as Specialized announced this week…

The artist for the 5th album of Cover versions. Is… Bob Marley.

This year’s album will consist of 70 songs as a four disc compact disc box set. All the tracks will be unique to the album and will feature both amateur and professional musicians from around the world. In addition to the 2016 tribute album there will be events across the UK culminating in our award winning festival The Big One in November.

Specialized 5 is dedicated to the memory of John Bradbury

Paul Willo


Bob Marley is no stranger (no cry!) to us in MIS circles. Beyond the Dangermen cover of So Much Trouble in the world, Suggs and Carl appeared in the posthumous 1984 video for One Love. Thommo’s bands have had a crack at at least “I shot the sheriff” and “3 little birds” in the past at his solo gigs. We look forward to seeing how this one shapes up with excitement.




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 608 – Sunday 2nd January – Saturday 8th January 2011

In keeping with many of our previous new year editions of the MIS, readers would no doubt have noticed that this was another in a series of extremely lean issues. With the band and their fans taking time out to put their feet up, relax and spend time with friends it wasn’t much of a surprise.

With that in mind, this issue was more of a lookback special than anything else as we took our usual year start jaunt through the the first six months of the previous year.

Yes, at present things were quiet, but with the band currently stating on their web site “Look out for big announcements in 2011”, it seemed as if we were in for an exciting 12 months ahead.

10 years ago…

Issue number 348 – Sunday 1st January to Saturday 7th January 20065

Still recovering from the previous evening’s new year’s celebrations we decided to keep the intro to this issue short, and instead, dive straight on in to the articles.

Starting off, we got underway with part 2 of our lookback at 2005.

This week we looked at April, May and June, where videos were filmed and tours were staged.

Next it was on to the drinking rules and regulations of Camden Town where it was revealed, thanks to the Camden Gazette, that the new 24 hour drinking laws were being hailed a success by publicans in the area.

The late Henry Conlon, manager of the Dublin Castle, in Parkway, (talking after the first weekend) said: “There’s been such a frenzy in the media about this but don’t forget premises can now be closed down for seven days by the council if it’s causing problems.

There will always be a minority of people who cause problems but now there are new powers for the police, the council and the licensees to deal with it.”

He added: “Camden Town doesn’t suffer the same as somewhere like Cardiff or Bournemouth where all these TV shows are made about people getting drunk – Camden Town doesn’t appear on these shows because it’s a safe place.

I’m glad we’ve finally left the era of pubs closing at 11pm.”

Moving on, and it was on to part 3 of our lookback at 2005, where we covered the highs and lows in the world of Madness between July and September.

Jonathan Young was up next with his review of Madness’ recent appearance at The Rex, which was aired on French and German TV the previous week.

3 tracks were aired from the 8 track set they had played at the gig.

Though Shame and Scandal, Girl and You Keep Me Hanging On had been played during the short set recorded for the Show, no Dangermen tracks were put into the final show, the director choosing Madness classics instead.

Following the review of the set Jonathan was kind enough to include a full transcript of the interview with Suggs and Carl, which followed their performance. When asked by the interviewer as to whether we could expect a ‘Dangermen Sessions 2’ album, Suggs replied by saying “We don’t know. We just did this for fun, for a laugh. We will probably do and album of our own material next, but of course we have left an opportunity to do Dangermen 2. or 3 or 5 or 100….. 1000”.

It was on to the fourth and final part of of our 2005 lookback next, as we took a turbo-charged blast through October, November and December of the last year.

We finished off this issue by hoping that Madness would give themselves a well-deserved rest for the first few months of 2006. Last year proved to be one of their busiest for many, many years, and it was no doubt time that they gave themselves a break from the fast paced life of touring, recording and interviewing.

15 years ago…

Issue number 86 – Sunday 31st December to Saturday 6th January 00/01

Going out on new year’s eve, this final issue of 2000 was sent out mere hours before the new year was being rung in by revellers around the globe.

As I expected, news had been very thin on the ground over the past week, and very little had been sent our way by subscribers. With this in mind it would come as no surprise to many that this issue was a tad on the small side.

With there being little news, we decided that it was time to do a look-back over the past 12 months in the Madness community, in an effort to chart the high’s and low’s of the past year. We were sure that we’d missed one or two significant events that occurred, and we apologised for that.

The only other article we had was courtesy of Andrew Langmead, who thanked all those people who had submitted their top 10 tracks for the new Madchart. The response had been so good that there were over 50% more entries compared to the previous chart.

Rob Hazelby




Some recent December tweets from the band and more including a tweet from Outer Space…

graham mcpherson ‏@suggsgmcpherson – Dec 24th

“Have the greatest day. Presents, food, drink, family argument and peace. Love. X”


Mike Barson ‏@Mikey108 – Dec 8th

“John Lennon 9 Oct1940 – 8 Dec1980 Give Peace a Chance”


Mark Bedford ‏@I_be_MarkB – Dec 28th

“I’m playing some tunes, from home, between 7.00-8.00 on Wednesday.

You can hear via @mixlr       Check out http://mixlr.com/ ahead of any future broadcasts.”


Woody Woodgate @woodymadness retweeted

The Skatonics ‏@Skatonics2Tone

#tbt the night @woodymadness joined us on stage. Highlight of our career and no mistake!”

Chris Foreman @CBoyForeman 


Check out Christmas related picture posts from Chrissy Boy at his Twitter.


TLTSO ‏@leethompsonska – Dec 2nd

“Download available It May Be Winter Outside (But In My Heart It’s Spring) – Single by The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra https://itun.es/gb/AKwv


Dave Robinson ‏@Robbo1000 – Dec 9th

“Any tents or Circus in Cumbria to hold a music benefit for flood victims. Lots of bands interested in playing. @theJeremyVine @BBCRadio2


Madness ‏@MadnessNews – Dec 17th

“Welcome to space @astro_timpeake thanks for putting our song on your playlist, how’s it sound up there?”


Tim Peake ‏@astro_timpeake – Dec 23rd

Tim Peake Retweeted Madness

“Guys, thanks for the msg, settling in to ‘Our House’. There’s always something happening & mess is not allowed! ;-)”




That’s just about it for this week’s issue of the MIS.

Next week we’ll be covering the final six months of the year in our annual lookback of 2015. So, if your memory is a little hazy, this should help you fill in a few of those blanks.

Until next week, take care,

Jon Young, Rob Hazelby, Simon Roberts, Paul Williams

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