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Madness Information Service Online Newsletter Issue Number: 892 – Sunday 12th June to Saturday 18th June 2016

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This week Madness played an intimate 19 song set at Oxford Street’s tiny 100 club. You can read some of the fan reactions in our Live section elsewhere in this very issue.

We note in our “Showtime” section that there’s a forthcoming Rhoda Dakar gig at the venue that we’ve been advertising for a few weeks, too. When Rhoda saw the photos promoting the gig she jokingly asked that she hoped the place would be cleaned up in time for next weekend!

Then later this same week The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra announced plans for their “Bite The Bullet” album launch to take place at the same central London venue – The 100 Club Oxford Street. The gig is planned for August the 25th. You can grab a ticket for £25 and get a signed album in the bargain. Bang on!

Elsewhere in the capital….

Take a look at this gorgeous bit of advertising on a full House of Common Taxi.  If you spot it doing the round in London you could also win stuff.


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.



Saturday 25th – Glastonbury Festival, Main Stage


Saturday 30th – Kendal Calling, Penrith http://www.kendalcalling.co.uk/information/ticket-info/

Sunday 31st – Y Not Festival, Matlock


Thursday 4th – Edinburgh Corn Exchange * Sold Out *
More info at: http://m.whatsoninedinburgh.co.uk/event/028964-madness/

Friday 5th – Edinburgh Corn Exchange
More info at: http://m.whatsoninedinburgh.co.uk/event/028964-madness/

Saturday 6th –Tartan Heart Festival, Inverness, Scotland (headliners)
More info at www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk

Thursday 11th – Cropredy Festival, Oxfordshire. First day headliner

Saturday 13th – Boom Town Fair – Winchester

Friday 19th – Cyfartha Castle, Merthyr Tydfil

Saturday 20th – Titanic Belfast, Belsonic

Monday 29th – House of Common, Clapham Common
More info at: http://www.madness.co.uk/houseofcommon/


Sunday 3rd – Crammerock Festival, Belgium ** New **

Sunday 4th – Jersey Live Festival, Jersey

Friday 30th – Sweden, Grona Lund Amusement Park


Saturday 1st – Norway – Rockefeller Music Hall

Monday 3rd – Germany – Berlin – Tempodrom

Tuesday 4th – Germany – Bochum – Ruhrcongress


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


Thursday 1st – Bournemouth – Can’t Touch us Now

Friday 2nd – Cardiff – Can’t Touch us Now

Saturday 3rd – Brighton – Can’t Touch us Now

Monday 5th – Groningen, The Netherlands

Tuesday 6th – Tilburg, The Netherlands

Thursday 8th – Newcastle – Can’t Touch us Now

Friday 9th – Sheffield – Can’t Touch us Now

Saturday 10th – London – Can’t Touch us Now

Monday 12th – Nottingham – Can’t Touch us Now

Tuesday 13th – Bridlington – Can’t Touch us Now

Thursday 15th – Glasgow – Can’t Touch us Now

Friday 16th – Manchester – Can’t Touch us Now

Saturday 17th – Birmingham – Can’t Touch us Now

Can’t Touch us Now tickets from: http://www.gigsandtours.com/tour/madness/



16th  – Henham park Suffolk

Latitude Festival  – Late night at sunrise  (DJ set alongside Mike Skinner Tonga)


21st – Guildford Glive ** New Date **

22nd – Guildford Glive ** New Date **

23rd – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (Rescheduled)


The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra


Friday 22nd, Hampton Pool Picnic, Supporting The Selecter * Sold Out *


Thursday 18th, Newham Free Festival

Thursday 25th – Album Launch Party – Bite The Bullet – 100 Club Oxford Street London ** New **

Sunday 28th – DJ set @ Commoners Against Cancer – Dublin Castle.  Noon
** New **


House of Fun Weekender


The Near Jazz Experience

July 12th, Indo – ** New **

Rhoda Dakar


Saturday 18th – 100 Club London

(Also appearing at The London International Ska festival, Glastonbury, & European festivals this year)




Madness – New Album – You Cant Touch Us Now – Pre Order  – October 21st

Pre order now – and get “Untouchable Madhead” Status.


Potential Tracks, Based only on last years House of Fun set –  Grandslam, I Believe, Soul Denying, Mumbo Jumbo. When Did All The Good Times Go, Herbet, Mr Apples, Blackbird On The Wing, Dont Leave The Past Behind You, Whistling In The Dark, Cant Touch Us Now, Given The Opportunity, Another Version of Me.


The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra – Bite The Bullet  – August 25th 

Pre order link coming.  Available as Download, CD and Vinyl


Potential tracks – Based on recent live shows – Step It Up Sister, Bite The Bullet, Western Standard Time, Cuss Cuss, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Feel a Little Better, Hungry, The Wickerman, 30,60,90 , I am King, Cry To Me, Tunnel One, I’ll be back again.

There is an amazon link for the album with the wrong release date here.  We will update as we expect a different pre order link to emerge on the website also.  But you can preview the album online.   HEAR TRACKS IN PREVIEW



Nick Woodgate – Kaleidoscope  EP  – June 10th – i tunes. 

Tracks 1, Morning Skies  2, Yvonne 3. She’s The One 4. All The screams in the night.


Dance Crazy – The Best of Specialized Ska Live

A little nod and appreciation as we at Specialized celebrate the 35th birthday in 2016 of the 2Tone movie & soundtrack “Dance Craze”

This album Features original acts & covers bands paying respects to the Dance Craze phenomenon.

All recorded live.

The same songs as Dance Craze by new bands 35 years on. (Including live covers of Madness) pre order now £10 (£2.50 p&p)





Voodo Chile 


Having previously released a single, The Near Jazz Experience have a debut album coming soon.  The above is a video with a studio recording cover of a Jimi Hendrix tracks done as an instrumental, with video shot at their regular Indo residency.

This is most likely to emerge on Sartorial Records. Keep checking their website (see below link) for further information….


Jonathan Young



LIVE AND INTENSIFIED                        

Madness @ The 100 Club

“Well, the competition winners have arrived @ The 100 club for tonight’s exclusive intimate Madness gig ..just gonna meet a few friends for pre gig drinks …Feel honoured that our band will be gracing the same venue in a months time …Let the Madness begin”


“Woke up wondering if last night was all a dream. 

Not only were we lucky enough to get exclusive tickets for Madness at the famous 100 Club, we were actually inches from the band 

Then when it was all over, we see Chrissy (Boy Foreman) of the band who allows us into the green room for a quick photo. 

Got to meet the guys, got our photo which unfortunately we all couldn’t fit in & some autographs.

Headed home a very happy couple of fans”    Clare Marshall & Darren Jones


Set List


The Prince

My Girl

My Girl II
Sun and The Rain


Bed and breakfast man

Shut up

Girl Why Don’t You
Dont Leave The Past Behind

One Step Beyond
House Of Fun

Wings of a dove

Baggy Trousers

Our House

It Must Be Love


Night Boat To Cairo


Live Videos. 


Jennie Bellstar joins the band for “Madness”


“The full unedited,  final 8 minutes of their 100 Club gig, the first (and perhaps only?) time that Madness will ever play this legendary venue.” – Retro Madness.

Get the full gig here, from the Madness Bootlegs Group.


Clare, Darren, Retro Madness, Adam Madness Bootlegs.

Next week, our first-hand account of the 100 Club show in our MIS feature on Small gigs.


The Silencerz @  The Bull Barnet. 

Lee Thompson did appear with The Silencerz on Friday night. They announced him in the line up last minute on their facebook.

“Urgh, feeling a bit peaky. Beer and vodka not great mix. But that’s not gonna stop me saying thanks to all of you for a great night last night. Eespecially: Mr Lee Thompson (not only plays great tenor but who knew he could play the fire extinguisher?), DJ Rebska (check out his Barnet Community Radio show), Vince, Carl and all at the Bull. See you all soon people.” – The Silencerz

“What another great night & performance from The Silencerz,ft Mr Lee Thompson

Just can’t beat hearing a batch of your favourite sounding tunes,thanks to the mellifluous voice of Daley Thompson.

Performed by a great crowd of talented musicians & then throw in a nice little bit of that magical (& undeniably beautiful) rapport between father & son onstage,just for good measure & (*for me anyway*) that’s what I really love to see & always enjoy 110% about The Silencerz.

The apple really don’t fall very far from the tree..”  Hazel Foster

Set included track like – Bangarang, The Prince,  54 – 46 was my number,  Hello Josephine, Soon You’ll be gone. 

New covers included –   Let your yeah by yeah and your no be no &  Enjoy Yourself

Seemed to include a new song, possibly a new tune penned by the band, which would be their third, perhaps called….  
”Coming Over. ”


Hazel Foster




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 631 – Sunday 12th June – Saturday 18th June 2011

With the majority of the UK suffering from a really wet and miserable Sunday we decided to spent the day hibernating, and compiling this latest issue for your reading pleasure.

Over the course of the previous week we’d seen the latest Kronenborg commercial featuring the band, many, many times on terrestrial television, meaning that Madness had some of the best TV coverage they’d had in a fair few years. Hopefully this would help to sell a few more albums, and bring a few new fans into the fold.

Our articles kicked-off with an interview with Suggs conducted by The Guardian. The interview began with “What did The Kinks mean to Madness?”. Here’s what Suggs had to say;

“They really inspired the way we wrote songs. They specialised in making poetry and cinema out of everyday life, all expressed in their own vernacular. We never tried to approximate their sound but I think it shines through in some of our records. We’ve also got Muswell Hill roots in common!”

It was on to Deaf School next, as Mark Adamson announced that four new gigs would be coming your way. These were:

17 & 18 June – Everyman, Liverpool
19 June –  The Laugh Inn, Chester
22 June – Monto Water Rats Theatre, London

The two Everyman performances on Friday and Saturday 17 and 18 June, which were almost sold out, marked the end of the line for the world-famous Everyman Theatre before closure, demolition and rebuild.

With the Pinkpop 1981 documentary currently on rotation over on The Arts TV channel, Jermaine of Tour Madness took time out of his busy schedule to tell us a bit more about it.

Next, it was on to Kronenbourg1664 news, and we pointed you over to YouTube where you could watch and listen to the responses to questions originally sent in to Suggs from fans.

We brought this issue to a close with a few snippets from the one and only Chissy Boy. Asked when The Madness might see the light of day he responded with “Sorry, nothing to report”. Regarding the forthcoming album, he was much more positive, saying;

“We have another really good collection of songs.

Some fast ones, some slow ones, some reggae ones,

some rock ones, even a disco type one.

The subject matter is mostly drawing from the bands’ past/London, as always”

10 years ago…

Issue 371 – Sunday 11th June to Saturday 17th June 2006

We had a great response to the Madness Album World Cup nominations, with plenty of you sending in your votes on the matches, and telling us how hard it was to choose at times. Voting would have been in the high thousands, but for the fact that Steve Bringe (MTR co-maintainer) constantly emailing the words “Keep Moving” over and over and over again didn’t count towards the final scores, especially in the matches that this team wasn’t playing in!. He did eventually cast his proper votes.

Moving away from the World Cup, and we passed things over to Crunch’s very own Tadman, who reported that he and Spider would be playing alongside their pals under the guise of Dubwiser at The Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 15th, 16th and 17th of June.

And finally, before we got the articles underway, we revealed one of the biggest pieces of Madness news in years – the near legendary Madness rarities album ‘The Lost’ had not only been found, but was now available for free download.

On to our articles, and we kicked things off by announcing the results of round one of our Madness World Cup. The first round votes had been collected, and the results after week one were as follows:

Match 1: Keep Moving Vs The Dangermen Sessions 4-2

Match 2: One Step Beyond vs Seven              3-2

Match 3: Absolutely vs Wonderful               6-3

Match 4: Rise & Fall vs Mad Not Mad            5-3

And there you had it… Wonderful (unfortunately not so on the day) and Mad Not Mad enough on the day, received sound thrashings.

Try as they might, the youthful Wonderful were no match for the heavily experienced Absolutely, where as the mean and moody Mad Not

Mad were just never in it against the classy Rise & Fall;

Dangermen vs Keep Moving was well-balanced throughout (at one point, Dangermen also took the lead for a brief spell just before half time but Moving never let up; Step was in front, but 7 clawed back to turn it into a real nail-biter of a finish (needs to be said that Step was ALWAYS in front though in terms of time on the ball).

Now the next round of the competition were waiting…


SEMI FINAL A:  Keep Moving      Vs   One Step Beyond

SEMI FINAL B:  Absolutely       Vs   Rise and Fall

In the intro we’d mentioned ‘The Lost’, and in the next article we gave the full lowdown of how this release came into being, and how you could get your hands on it.

The Bootleg sometimes known as “The lost” was reviewed as being put together back in MIS issue 87 in 2000, before its release was pulled.

It had recently started to appear again for silly money, thanks to bootleg scum targeting Madness collectors. So, Mr Smash and his website had kindly made it available for all fans for free, with the message “Share and Enjoy”, keep it free and stuff the bootleggers. We couldn’t agree more.

And what gems they were. Unreleased studio tracks such as “From Another World” and “Into the Blue” (also known as “It’s for the best”).  Rehearsal tracks of unreleased songs called “Goodbye Mr chips” and “Chas waltz”. Instrumentals we know as “Mr Wheeze” and “Patience” now had words on them. And there was plenty more unheard versions of classic songs in demo form awaiting you, and instrumental versions of great songs like “Benny Bullfrog”

We knew our readers were all Madness fans, but every once in a while we liked to take a look at other bands we felt you may have been interested in.

Recently we were given a heads-up about Southampton Ska band ‘2 Tonic’, from MIS subscriber David Medcalf, and we thought it was time to take a look.

This issue was rounded-off with post match stats and chat with Paul Muscat, Jon Young and myself, following the first round of the Madness World Cup.

How would the matches go in the second round? Only time would tell.

15 years ago…

Issue 109 – Sunday 10th June to Saturday 16th June 2001

Things seemed to have picked up in the past week or so, and this issue of the MIS was back to its usual size, meaning that there was plenty for you all to read through.

Chris Carter-Pegg reported on a new Madness single that would be doing the rounds, albeit in small quantities.

Peter Rechter of Melbourne based band, `The Secrets` had very kindly sent in a copy of his latest album, `Time Will Come` for review. You could find out just what we thought of it later in the issue, and if it should be a worthy addition to your music collections.

Meanwhile, Rob Lythall from VIP Events had been back in touch with information on the latest batch of forthcoming record fairs which would be appearing up and down the country over the coming months.

If that wasn’t enough, Jonathan Young had been busy tracking down the dates and venue details for this coming week’s round-up of Madness tribute gigs appearing up and down the British Isles.

Rob Hazelby




 “Bob Dylan:Best anti war song ever” – Lee Thompson





We bring this issue of the MIS to a close with news in from Chris Carter-Pegg of out Madness appearing on the front cover of a recent publication. Our thanks go to Chris for sending us a copy. We’ll feature a full transcription in a future issue of the MIS.

In the meantime, here’s Chris with a few details of this appearance;

“Sadly, since 1986, the number of times Madness have appeared on the front cover of magazines and newspapers you could probably count on your fingers, so it’s been great to see them across South London recently on the cover of the A3 size “Lambeth Weekender” publication, together with a full page Suggs interview and full page advert for House of Common in this week’s edition.

For anyone wanting a copy we’ve picked up a few spares which we’ll list on Retro-Madness.co.uk sometime tomorrow.”

And finally, we urge you to finish here and head over to YouTube where you can hear 30 second preview tracks from the Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra’s section album “Bite The Bullet”. Point your web browser over to: http://youtu.be/JMXUxxHPems

Until next week, take care,

Jon Young, Rob Hazelby, Simon Roberts, Paul Williams

(With thanks to Hazel Foster, Darren Jones, Clare Marshal,
Adam Nichols, Retro Madness)

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