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MIS 1,012 – Sunday 30th Sept. to Saturday 6th Oct. 2018

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Hello, Good Evening and Welcome

Hello, and a warm welcome to this week’s edition of the MIS Online newsletter.

With September at an end, there’s a mere two months to go until this year’s Madness Weekender in Minehead kicks off at Butlins.

If you’ve yet to purchase tickets then don’t delay. Tickets are still available but the accommodation types are limited. For more information relating this this year’s event, point your web browser over to: https://www.bigweekends.com/the-weekends/specialist-music-weekends/madness-house-of-fun-weekender.aspx#ito=madness/

The line-up looks fantastic, and it’s sure to be a long weekend full of many hazy but happy memories.

Moving on, and in some Suggs related news, we learned this week that the big fella has been commission for a second series of World War 2 Treasure Hunters. Screened on The History Channel, this will span six episodes. Check out our Sign of the Times section for more information.

Now, on with the issue!

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.


Further information at http://www.madness.co.uk/live/

November 2018

Friday 30th Nov – Monday 3rd Dec – The House of Fun Weekender
Ticket hotline 08450261274 / http://www.butlins.com/madness


December 2018

The Sound of Madness Tour

Thursday 6th December, First Direct Arena, Leeds

Friday 7th December, Manchester Arena, Manchester

Saturday 8th December, Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Monday 10th December, Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth

Tuesday 11th December, Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth

Thursday 13th December, Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham

Friday 14th December, The O2 Arena, London

Saturday 15th December, Birmingham Arena, Birmingham

Monday 17th December, The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

Tuesday 18th, December, Hull Venue, Hull – SOLD OUT!

Wednesday 19th December, Rivermead, Reading

Friday 21st December, Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

Saturday 22nd December, Brighton Centre, Brighton – SOLD OUT!

Ticket bookings https://www.gigsandtours.com/tour/madness/?utm_source=madness.co.uk&utm_medium=referral




What a King Cnut Tour – Tickets via Ticketmaster

14th The Pleasance Theatre, N7 9EF, ft songs from Suggs & Deano

15th Shrewsbury, Severn Theatre

16th Worcester, Huntingdon Hall

17th Lancaster, Grand Theatre

18th Durham, Gala

19th Stockton, The Arc

20th Northallerton, Forum

21st Scarborough, Spa Theatre

23rd Ilkley, Kings Hall

24th Southport, The Atkinson

25th Runcorn, Brindley Arts Centre

26th Barrow, Forum

28th High Wycombe, Town Hall

29th Epsom, Playhouse

30th Weston Super Mare, Playhouse

31st Wimborne, Tivoli Theatre


1st – Suggs & Friends – Porchester Hall, London. Annual Charity show for Pancreatic Cancer UK

2nd Kings Lynn, Corn Exchange

3rd Crawley, The Hawk Theatre

4th Bury St Edmunds, Apex

5th Stafford, Gatehouse Theatre

7th Glasgow, Pavillion – rescheduled date


Lee Thompson in Conversation

Sunday November 11th – The Big One 7 – Parkdean Sandford Dorset
“Meet the Legendary Sax man” at this QnA musical career discussion  event.


Near Jazz Experience

The NJE on tour supporting The Nightingales (plus Stew Lee. Cambridge, Birmingham and London dates with 15 minutes of 80s comedy material )


2nd – Hare & Hounds – Birmingham

3rd – Moth club – London

4th – Portland arms – Cambridge

5th – Canalhouse – Nottingham


The Silencerz

Saturday 22nd December, The Dublin Castle, Camden. No Lee, as this is the date of the Brighton Madness gig.



Buy It

Suggs My Life Story DVD

“After a bit of messing about…”, says the new advert for Suggs Movie DVD of his One Man Show, which now has a new release date of November 2018.  This opening line is the admission that a delayed March release, a lack of updates before August 10th, and a rejig of both the pledge campaign account and the team behind the release have all taken place.

Now that the Pledge is relaunched though with a new release date of November, and with a fresh launch event to take place at the Pleasance Theatre in London we feel that now is the time to add this back in to our regular “Buy It” section.

For more information and to order, go to https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/suggs-my-life-story-movie


The Madness – download 


14 tracks from 1988 by the semi-Madness line up. From “I Pronounce You” to “Beat the Bride”
Lee Thompson’s One Man’s Madness DVD & CD Soundtrack 


Lee ‘Kix’ Thompson is a most unlikely character. Early career choices had him spend a year in Borstal. He still hasn’t found the receipt for his first saxophone. Luckily, he met two other unlikely characters: Mike ‘Barso’ Barson and ‘Chrissy Boy’ Foreman, who shared his interests of graffiti, train hopping and music.

One Man’s Madness, a feature length rocku-docu-mockumentary directed by Jeff Baynes, tells the story of Madness saxophonist Lee Thompson, told by Lee and his fellow Madness band mates, his family, friends and musicologists, who strangely all look a little like him! From meeting Barso and Chrissy Boy, and later Suggs, Chas, Woody and Bedders, to becoming one of Britain’s most iconic and successful bands, this joyous and light-hearted film follows the path of Lee’s life through his lyrics and songs, including such Madness classics as The Prince, Embarrassment, House Of Fun, Lovestruck and NW5.


Two CD set. Original soundtrack to the 2018 documentary about Madness saxophonist Lee Thompson. Includes tracks from Madness, Crunch, ‘Thommosina Leigh’, Ian Dury, and the Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra. Including Hidden Tracks.
New Mad store T-shirts & Madshorts

Further New T-shirts are now in stock for the summer. Including Madness Shorts as this hot weather continues to encourage getting your legs out. The recent Stately Holmes tour T-shirt is now in stock on line. A rather fetching Lady Killers poster of the old Ealing comedy about a gang of roguish bank robbers, re done with Madness heads taken from old shut up artwork and repurposed nicely in this fitting parody. A fetching Morris Minor car picture harking back to Driving in My Car video and the Mad 7 number plate, with the paraphrase lyrics from Muswell Hill to Selsey Bill!  Check out the Madstore now.



The Silencerz – Better Days CD


Danceable and delightful, this debut album of the band’s much loved original songs pushes on through, breaking the mould of standard ska cover band. Catchy tunes and powerful brass and rhythm section make this a must-listen. Featuring Lee Thompson.



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: 751 – Sunday 29th September to Saturday 5th October 2013

Following the previous last night’s fantastic gig at London’s Alexandra Palace we were certain that many of you were either still journeying home, or if you’d managed to get home, were now recovering. We understood that at least one Madness fan decided to skip booking hotel accommodation, and following the gig ventured back into Camden where he partied the night through, before catching the first train home! We’re not quite sure how he did it, but Facebook posts from said individual indicated that he did indeed make it all the way though. Impressive stuff!

On to reviews of the Ally Pally gig, and so far they were thin on the ground. All being well, by the time next week came around we’d no doubt have a number of fan and press reviews featured. We advised you not to panic as we weren’t totally without Ally Pally coverage, though, as thanks to the efforts of subscriber Tony Stratton we did have one review of the show for you.

In our Live and Intensified section we featured reviews of Madness at L’Olympia, Paris on the 16th September. This wasn’t any ordinary review. This was a mammoth War and Peace style affair which definitely needed to be accompanied by a cup of tea and a comfy chair.

Not to be outdone, Daren West provided a detailed review of the Northants Cricket Ground gig which took place on the 16th September, while Tony Stratton provided fans with the first Ally Pally review less than 24 hours after the gig had taken place.

Vince Carden brought this issue to a close with the news that those of you planning to see Madness in Dublin this New Year’s Eve would be pleased to learn that tickets were on sale for a mere £21!

Vince commented at the time “Cheapest price for a Madness gig I’ve attended since the £20 to get into the three Folgate launch shows at Hackney Empire back in 2008. Don’t expect USB wristband recordings of the gig or Pearly Kings and Queens though!”

Vince also told us that having just bought his ticket you automatically got sent a PDF link where you could download and print your ticket off. This meant that there’s was no waiting around wondering if your ticket had been dispatched or not.

10 years ago…

Issue 491 – Sunday 28th September to Saturday 4th October 2008

With this year’s Madchart readers may have been wondering what we had to fill its space. Well, we asked you not panic as this issue we were running a full transcription of an interview which took place with the one and only Dave Robinson, during the previous year’s Madness Weekender in Blackpool.

The whole thing had been painstakingly transcribed by Vince Carden, and for those of you who weren’t there we thought you’d find it a truly fascinating read.

Along with that we featured news on the last few dates of the Our House musical tour, a lowdown on the Nutty Forum’s “Nutty Radio”, a transcript from a 1985 issue of Hitkrant, which had been transcribed and translated by Tour Madness editor Jermaine.

Elsewhere we had details of a number of new downloads available via the MIS Online web site, and finished off by reminding you to listen to the latest episode of Nutty Radio, which was due to go out this evening.

15 years ago…

Issue 229 – Sunday 28th September to Saturday 4th October 2003

With the Great Yarmouth Madness Weekender just a drunken memory for those who attended, pictures were already starting to crop up online. These proved to be useful for those who were present, as they helped  to fill in the gaps, while those who were unable to get along, could at least get a chance to see what they missed out on.

Moving on, and news in from MIS subscriber, Birchy, was that the legendary Terry Hall, of the Specials, had teamed up with mixing band ‘Dub Pistols’ who release a single on the 29th Sept called ‘Problem Is’.

According to Birchy;

“This song is getting great reviews & currently is XFM’s most requested song, it is also being said that it sounds like a modern day version of The Specials ‘Ghost Town'”

Still getting his head straight after two days of solid drinking in Great Yarmouth, MIS co-editor, Jonathan Young still found time to let us know that The Blockheads were about to release their first album following the sad passing away of lead singer Ian Dury.

Entitled “Where’s the Party”, the album would feature 13 tracks, and all being well, would be available to purchase before Christmas.

“Save our venue!” was the cry, when news reached us revealing that the world famous Electric Ballroom, in Camden Town, had been earmarked for destruction by the local council, to make way for a massive expansion to the creaking tube network. Here’s what the Electric Ballroom web site had to say at the time;

“The Electric Ballroom is at the heart of Camden Town’s bustling community and has been a key part of it since it’s early days over 40 years ago. It began as a busy Irish club playing host to a wide variety of performers including the likes of Jim Reeves.

In the past decades Sid Vicious, Madness, The Clash, George Thorogood and the Smiths have drawn huge crowds to the venue.

The most recent performers have included Blink 1-8-2, Reel Big Fish, Seafood, Dead Kennedys, Beth Orton, Blur and Garbage.

As you may have heard, London Underground want to re-develop the site that The Electric Ballroom has occupied for over 50 years, into a new station, shoppingmall, offices and flats. The Electric Ballroom has been an important stepping stone for many musicians past and present and has entertained generations of people.

Please show your support by leaving your name on our petition”.

Over the following months celebs such as Mike Edwards from Jesus Jones, Boy George, Dame Judi Dench, and our very own Suggs, would voice their concerns over the council’s plans to demolish this famous and much-loved North London music venue.

And finally, with new album launches costing hundreds of thousands of pounds to promote, The Blockheads decided that they’d need to do something to try and give their forthcoming album a chance.

Announcing the Blockhead presentation pack, this would weigh in at £40.00, and would get you the following;

– Brand new 2003 instrumental recordings of “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick”, “Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3” and “What A Waste” – complete with Karaoke style lyric sheets,

– Exclusive Black on White Blockhead badge that is your (+ 1 guest) guaranteed backstage pass to see the band after selected shows

– Signed photograph of the band

– Guaranteed invite to new album and book launches

– 20% off ALL purchases in The Block Shop (our online store)

– EXCLUSIVE!! – Only you will have the chance to purchase “From The Vaults” – a limited edition series of unreleased tracks from the 1977-2000 archives.

– £40.00 per year (Inc VAT and P&P) – Give yourself or the Blockhead in your life a treat!

Rob Hazelby



Sign of the Times

Suggs Returns to the History Channel for More World War Treasures

By Mike Watkins

Series two of World War 2 Treasure Hunters is to return to the History channel later this year.

“We’re delighted to welcome back Suggs and Stephen Taylor to the channel, for another round of truly remarkable discoveries and stories: bringing to life a unique period in British history, when the whole country was mobilised on to a war footing.  The World War One Special, at Morn Hill, Winchester, is a particularly poignant reminder of just how recent these events were and what a debt of gratitude we all owe to the brave soldiers from all over the Commonwealth, who made their way, via Morn Hill, to fight on the Western Front.” – Dan Korn, VP of Programming for A+E Networks UK”.

The six episode series will be accompanied by a brand new one-hour special on the First World War titled: WW2 Treasure Hunters: WW1 Special to mark 100 years since the end of the Great War in 2018. The one hour special will launch the new series on HISTORY in the UK on Monday 12th November.

Full article at: http://www.atvtoday.co.uk/119854-history/





And finally, it was five years ago this week that Madness took to the stage at London’s Alexandra Palace. Prior to the gig, however, they invited all the fans to congregate outside to participate in a very special version of “Our House”.

Were you there? See if you can spot yourself…


Until next week, take care,

Jon Young, Rob Hazelby, Simon Roberts, Paul Williams

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