Just when you thought Suggs’s solo touring had come to an end, we learned this week that a torrent of new performances had now been booked to run throughout October and November.
If you’ve yet to see the great man perform his King Cnut show then here’s your chance. The shows taken in the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, so there should be a performance taking place not too far from where you live.
Check out the Suggs section of “Showtimes” for the full rundown of dates.
Don’t forget that before Suggs’s new tour takes place we have The Stately Madness Tour, which kicks off on Friday 6th July.
With so many Madness and Suggs dates planned for the rest of the year, you could potentially attend a Madness and/or Suggs gig every month for the rest of 2018!
Before all that though is the forthcoming Silencerz album launch on Saturday 16th June. Check out “Showtimes” for the details.
Important – The release date for this disc was 2nd March 2018, and copies have not yet been shipped. If you’ve yet to place an order we recommend you hold off parting with your money until news of copies arriving with those who’ve already ordered start to surface.
Director Julien Temple (The Great Rock n Roll Swindle, Absolute Beginners) takes a stage show, adds some drama, archive, animation and music, then shakes it all up for MY LIFE STORY where Suggs, takes a hilarious, yet moving, look back at his life in a musical form.
Is it a drama? Is it a comedy? Or a music hall dream? Whatever it is hold on to your seats as Suggs goes on to stumble and plummet through the trap door of failure; then trampoline back up to catch the passing trapeze of show business success.
£9.95. Limited to 250 copies. A5 paperback photo-zine. 36 pages.
Hanging Around Books’ tenth release (HA010), “Kimono Our House: Madness In Japan 1982” features rare and previously unseen photographs of the Nutty Boys taken by Andre Csillag at various locations during the band’s 1982 tour of Japan.
As Andre writes:
“In May 1982 I was asked by the manager of Madness, the late and sadly missed Matthew Sztumpf, to accompany the band on their first Japanese tour. These shots were taken over a period of a week in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya and on bullet trains inbetween.”
“It was an intense week of gigging, travelling, promotional work and making history. While in Japan, the band had their first number one on the UK singles chart and were filmed live via satellite from Tokyo introducing the video for that week’s chart topper, “House Of Fun” — a first for the BBC and Top of The Pops.”
“Thanks to Graham “Suggs” McPherson, Cathal Smyth, Lee Thompson, Chris Foreman, Mike Barson, Mark Bedford and Dan “Woody” Woodgate for their time and the enjoyable madness.”
Andre Csillag, February 2018.
Your Comments on Thommo’s Songs – Competition Now Closed
Lee Thompson’s One Man’s Madness soundtrack album is out now. We recently ran a competition in MIS and on facebook to win a copy of the album. That competition is now closed.
We will announce the winner in our 1000th issue of MIS online, on Sunday July 8th in five weeks time, and there will be a twist.
Here are some of the comments fans have made about songs that appear on the soundtrack, and what those songs mean to them, picking out a favourite from the track listing. Thanks to all who participated…
Mark G Hague says…
“Sat in the World’s End Pub, Camden town, I was reading through a free magazine, which was handed to me outside the pub. Whilst reading I had to do a double take… ‘The Nutty Boys to release new album Crunch! The article mentioned that all original songs were written by Thompson and Foreman except Magic Carpet. This track was written by McPherson, Thompson and Foreman.
Later that year on New Years eve 1990 The Nutty Boys were having ‘New Years Eve Party Madness’ at ‘The Robey’, Finsbury Park… I’m definitely going I thought. I walked into the main bar of The Robey and Lee and Chris were in there relaxing, I bought both of them a drink. Chris thanked me for travelling all the way from Portsmouth. After a while they shook my hand and said they would see me in the gig. In the music venue Lee was walking around, he acknowledged me with a ‘thumbs up’ and then the madness began, a night I’ll never forget.
Therefore my favourite track is ‘Magic Carpet’, the 1st track off aforementioned album, the first song played at the gig (don’t quote me on that) and more importantly the first new material in years.”
Warren Moyle States..
“The Prince…start of the Legend of Lee…of course its fairly obvious where the lyrics came from but i always wonder if he knew what an impact this song would have?”
Alisa Hunt says…
“My favourite track…M A D N E S S..love the way Suggs spells this out at a concert before the song has even started, i am in a dance frenzy for it to start! this is is nutty sound of my youth, and beyond!…playgrounds, fun fairs, pubs, clubs, concerts,…for me it’s what madness are all about..spreading gladness!..”
Ian Taylor jokes…
“Embarrassment… swinging Motown style with true life social commentary and, for added fun, you can play ‘Spell the Song Title Correctly with your mates.”
Ryan West comments…
“My favourite is Deceives the Eye. I can always just see the mischief young Lee getting himself into. The lyrics and melody capture it perfectly.”
Alex Davidson says…
‘Overdone’ – Groovy Latin-ish rhythm with a great arrangement, fantastic break in the middle with the piano solo, extended sax solo at the end, and a poignant lyric. Great stuff. As a 10 year old I was blown away – still am.
Mark “Chigs” Charlesworth says…
“For me it has to be Embarrassment. Why I hear you ask well not only was it a top tune, a unique single at the time but it epitomised the way Lee writes his songs. He makes you think and look further into the lyrics rather than making it plain to see and this track certainly painted a picture.”
Mark Nolan says…
“Fave track is Rockin’ in Ab – cos of the line I’ve been singin since 1979 – brilliant – “Well, I’ll have a cup of tea and then I’ll change me name And I’ll put my records on:)”
Graham Clark says…
“Drip Fed Fred – Vastly underated and also a celebration of another great, the late Ian Dury”
Colette Valvona Healy comments…
“I really love Bangerang It’s not a complex tune but so clever and catchy. Dawn Penn is a wonderful attributed accomplice to the track and as usual Mr Bedford stands out for me as he always does with his solid foundations”
Tony Stratton chose…
“Sit and wonder. One of his best vocals that he has recorded. Paying homage to Prince Buster.”
Mat Batstone amusingly picks..
“Wicker Man. I love it when as a family listen to it in the car and Tommo (my youngest 9) shouts out “you’ve been caught with your knickers down at the wicker man ” Makes me feel a very happy Daddy”
Edward Hinton likes…
“Night boat to Cairo – the thought of the video with the chaps skanking around in their Fez’s and pith helmets always makes me chuckle.”
“My favourite of the New listed tracks is the operatic intro to lovestruck. Spine tingling morning drunk ballad. Ha ha” Jonathan Young
“A standard and perhaps considered a boring choice by some but Embarrassment is and remains to be one of my favourite tracks. A firm favourite in set lists past and present, typically sitting at number 2 in the running order, always gets the gig off to an energetic beginning.”
“Razor Blade Alley.Because I love Lee’s voice on this track dark and mysterious!”
Mark Bryant has the last word…
“Embarrassment is my favourite Madness song but I’m going to go for NW5 on this album.
As always with Thommo there is a tale to tell and the feel good cheery sing a long lyrics disguise the demise of a close friend whose life went off the rails. Maybe it was a case of there but for the grace of God.
This song has become a permanent fixture in the set list and an absolute crowd pleaser. Such is its popularity that even first timers sing a long as though they recognise the tune as one of the big hits from the 80’s, a top 3 smash had it have been released at that time.”
I Remember Way Back When
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 734 – Sunday 2nd June – Saturday 8th June 2013
Our Buy It section plugged the new limited edition colour vinyl reissue albums. These were 1,000 pressings of One Step Beyond (white), Absolutely (red), Complete Madness (red), Rise and Fall (red), 7 (yellow), and Keep Moving (blue).
In our Sign of the Times we featured a Suggs interview he’d given the Wigan Today web site, and also pointed you in the direction of an hour long chat Mark Bedford and Terry Edwards gave to Resonance FM, which was now available to stream via Soundcloud.
Also, in this section was a link to a nice BBC Radio 4 interview with Wilko Johnson. Wilko explained that although he didn’t want to tour any more he had been working on a new studio album, to be released later in the year.
Before we finished with Sign of the Times we featured a Sunday Express review of the Benevolence of Sister Mary Ignatius, where the publication gave it a respectable 4 out of 5.
Moving on to Tweets of a Dove, and Madness had just announced that the fancy dress theme for House of Fun had just been announced. What was it? Song titles.
On to this week’s MIS Feature, and we covered the launch party of Sister Mary Ignatius at the Dublin Castle. We had links to various YouTube videos, and a huge review courtesy of our very own Jonathan Young. It must have taken him hours to put together!
Next, it was over to Paul Rodgers for another one of his detailed and informative Madness Facts, Stats and Figures articles. The big news was that the next couple of weeks were going to be exciting one for releases;
“The next fortnight sees a busy release schedule for Madness related product, which may or may not make some dent on the charts. First up sees the Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra release their debut album on Axe Attack. A fine appearance on Later With Jools Holland a couple of weeks ago will have done much to persuade punters to pre-order the CD from Amazon (or Sainsbury’s in my case as it was cheaper) and it currently sits at number 112 on iTunes on its first day available as a download. A promising start. Amazon also list it in their top 100, whilst it is number one in their reggae chart and their ska chart. If you’re going to buy The Benevolence Of Sister Mary Ignatius and you’re a chart fan make sure you buy it by Saturday!
After that comes a vinyl reissue of Madness’ Stiff Records albums. For some reason they are coming out on coloured vinyl. Perhaps there’s a reason why each album has the colour chosen for it, but other than Keep Moving being blue in honour of Turning Blue I can’t spot it.”
We brought this issue to a close with several YouTube video links from Woody, which he recorded while the band were rehearsing for the Olympics closing ceremony.
10 years ago…
Issue 474 – Sunday 1st June to Saturday 7th June 2008
With the Our House Musical being re-born since its original run at the Cambridge Theatre, subscriber Dicka was kind enough to pop along to the third preview performance and give readers a detailed lowdown on what he thought.
Dicka finished his review by commenting;
“I left the theatre a very happy person with the show being pretty much on par with the original. I missed the likes of Prospects and whilst meeting the cast backstage I mentioned that I thought it should be included again to the Company Manager Maria Gibbons, but the inclusion of NW5 is a great change and overall the changes make it a great reason for people who saw the original to catch the new version.”
Moving on, and it was over to Jonathan Young, who, after receiving a last-minute tip off detailing where the next Lee Thompson gig was due to take place journeyed off down the M1 to a pub in Finchley, called The Wishing Well.
“I arrive to see not only a chalk board sign with “LEE THOMPSON OF MADNESS With his band DAMAGED GOODS drawn upon it, but Kevin Burdett and Lee Thompson stood next to it entering the venue. It’s these little signs that make you realise you haven’t come to the wrong place.”
With two lengthy sets, and a great selection of tracks a good time was had by all.
We continued the Lost Goods coverage further on in the issue, with yet another review from Jonathan Young – a different gig, I might add! This time the assembled crowd are treated to two sets and a whopping 7 track encore, climaxing in the legendary Baggy Trousers.
New album rumours were the order of the next, as we re-printed what Spanish web site festivaleros.es were claiming to be the tracklisting for the forthcoming Liberty of Norton Folgate album.
The tracks listed were as follows;
The Hunchback of Torriano
The Liberty of Norton Folgate
Sugar & Spice
As the tracks had already been mentioned in various online articles we were of the opinion that the author had simple trawled the net and compiled his or her own list. Only time would tell!
On to the Madchart, and with less than a month to go before this year’s deadline organizer Paul Muscat felt it was time to give the MIS readership a gentle reminder to get those votes in.
Thanks for the stat-compiling efforts of Chris Carter-Pegg there were a massive 174 songs eligible for voting. Time to get those skates on!
We brought this issue of the MIS to a close with a wonderful competition organized by the one and only Dicka. After having bagged a fully-signed Our House Musical poster he was offering you the chance to win it. What do you have to do? Simply tell him where your house was, so he could send it out. Simple.
15 years ago…
Issue 212 – Sunday 1st June to Saturday 7th June 2003
Following a flurry of news over the previous few weeks, and resulting packed MIS’, issue 212 was almost in wafer form compared to recent editions.
Despite warnings from Chris Carter-Pegg in the previous MIS informing us that the Madness gold disc on Ebay was not an official release, it would seem that some people just wouldn’t listen.
By the time of the auction close, the disc went for 350UKP!! As Chris rightly said at the time, “Madness”, and we couldn’t have agreed more.
Those of you who fancied getting yourselves some new clothes in time for the summer were well catered for, as this week Warrior Clothing announced they were running a happy hour. The scheme worked whereby any purchase made between 7:00pm and 8:00pm every day would see your order packed in with all manner of free goodies.
One of the more amusing things to land this week was Lee Thompson’s banishment from the official Madness message board. After telling one fan to fork off, he suddenly found himself unable to post any further messages to the site.
Following uproar from the fanbase, and a week where he couldn’t post anything at all, Chissy Boy relented, and returned his posting abilities.
With news being thin on the ground this week, we took a look at forthcoming gigs for One Step Behind, 1st Step Below and Badness, before finishing the issue with an Ebay lowdown, highlighting some of the more unusual items currently on sale there.
The Silencerz will be playing tracks from their brand new album live on Barnet Community Radio on the 7th June at 8pm.
Make sure you tune in by visiting the BCR website, or why not download the new BCR app from the IOS and Android stores.
Join Daley, Nick, David and Lee Havin’ A Laugh and a good old catch up with your host King Rebska.
This interview is prior to the Official “Better Days” Album launch at the bull theatre on the 16th June so is your chance to hear the tracks before anyone else. Tickets for the album launch are still available from www.thebulltheatre.com priced at £12 or £15 on the door. Hurry because they’re selling fast.
Lee Thompson Talks to Clive Anderson – Loose Ends Radio 4
Thommo appeared last week promoting his forthcoming DVD and soundtrack release.
He begins by talking to Clive about his time in a detention centre, and the story of how his first saxophone was stolen before he got his hands on it, Clive jokingly cautioning him that he doesn’t need to answer any questions that might incriminate him, but then doubly laughing later about Karma, when Lee tells the story of his saxophone going missing on the Xfactor. “It was the original owner” jokes quick witted Clive. Lee also explains the effect his flying rigging harnesses had on his crown jewels, and insists he was properly dressed under his kilt at the Olympics, as Mr Anderson nervously trys to keep the conversation Radio 4 and not late night ITV! The film One Mans Madness is discussed, with Lee insisting on a plug! when they run out of time before retelling the much heard earthquake in Finsbury anecdote for the billionth time.
Just before this issue was ready to go out, the complete track listing for the forthcoming new Silencerz album landed in our mailbox.
The seven tracks are:
1. Invisible Man 2. Don Logan 3. Better Days 4. Having a laugh 5. Cally Road 6. Between the Devil & the deep blue sea 7. last bus.
Next week, we’ll have a full review of the album and a competition to win a copy.