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Anybody who says they don’t like Madness is very probably lying. Madness are, quite simply, a bona fide national treasure; a band who inspire such goodwill and bonhomie that we are lucky to be graced with their continuing presence on Britain’s music scene. The archetypal pop group and ultimate singles band, Madness have been making records since 1979 and – during their 33 ... Read more in Amazon's Madness Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Feb. 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0000071RG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,947 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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MADNESS Divine Madness (1995 UK 22-track compilation CD album featuring all the hits including One Step Beyond My Girl Night Boat To Cairo House Of Fun Our House and more picture sleeve CDV2692)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "mr_harry" on 16 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album contains all of Madness' gratest hits, which makes it the best in the world! seriously, i love madness, and if you do, well, you'd already have this! There's also a DVD of all the re-mastered videos of these songs. check it out!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Superficially, Madness seemed to be a lightweight pop group who had a lot of fun, but some of their songs had a lot of depth. I've seen them compared to the Kinks - both groups having (in their different eras) offered interesting insights into London life. This is high praise indeed so although I wouldn't quite put Madness on the same level as the Kinks, their music has far more to offer than you might think.
Between 1979 and 1983, Madness had fifteen UK top ten hits and two UK top twenty hits. Taking their group name from a Prince Buster song, their first hit (The Prince) was a tribute to him and their second hit (One step beyond) was a cover of one of Prince Buster's songs. They later had another cover hit with It must be love (Labi Siffre) but wrote most of their own material.
Their biggest UK hits were House of fun (UK number one) and Wings of a dove (UK number two - an original song, not a cover of the old gospel standard), but they also made the UK top five with My girl, Baggy trousers, Embarrassment, Grey day, It must be love, Driving in my car, Our house and The sun and the rain.
After one of their members quit in 1983, the hits generally became smaller although Madness continued to make great music. They disbanded in 1986 but have re-formed intermittently since then. One such reunion (with the original line-up) recorded a new album in 1999, which yielded the UK top ten hit Lovestruck and another great song, Johnny the horse, both featured here.
Their first hits compilation was titled Complete Madness and their second was called Utter Madness. Between them, these two volumes (both available on CD) contain every UK hit of the eighties, however minor, but do not cover their 1999 comeback. This compilation covers their whole career and contains all the essentials and some of the minor hits. If you just want one Madness CD, make it this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
For a group in the mid-ninteen eighties, Madness gave a new zany and fun style to music. To this day, they are all still fun songs and the band remain great. They even made a small comeback last year with a brand new album but what can it show now? Divine Madness remains a brilliant collection of Madness songs. Highlights include the oh-so-famous Our House, the great Baggy Trousers and and other greats such as Waiting for the Train that Never Comes and Driving in My Car. If your a newcomer to Madness, I'm not sure if I suggest their new works bacause the old stuff shows what they're really made of. A great CD of mid-1980s songs by a brilliant group that still deserve to be going strong today. Fantastic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
The 80's. Not that long ago, was it? It's all coming back now..shoulder pads, big hair, silly make up. 70's parties? How last century! The 80's are the new novelty item we can laugh about and thank god we got through alive. And at your 80's party, what tunes will you have your guests shaking their Miami Vice-style behins to? Wham!, Spandeu Ballet, Dexy's Midnight Runners? How about something to get them all moving like it's 1982 again? Bang on Divine Madness and bring tears to their eyes as they remember dancing to "House of Fun", "Driving in my car" "Our House" and snogging to "It must be love"! Song after song is a encapsulated memory of those heady days 20 years ago. And now it's digitally remastered to bring the tunes into the new millenium (or something) and as a special treat, they've banged on "Lovestruck" and "Johnny the Horse" from their latest album "Wonderful". so you can keep well up to date. Go on! Dig out your puffball skirt or your Armarni Yuppie suit and braces and have your 80's party...and buy Divine Madness to complete the look. You'd be mad not to...ho ho.
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With Suggs and co on the verge of releasing an album of new material there has never been a better time to revisted the bands best bits form the 80's. Alongside the likes of Squeeze, The Police and The Jam, Madness were the kings of the intelligent 3 minute pop single - but often overlooked as being the comedy clowns to their more serious peers.
This compilation, still the finest and most comprehensive there is, highlights admirably the groups evolution from 'Nutty Boys' - 'Baggy Trousers' & 'Night Boat To Cairo' to the sophisticated, erudite Kinks - like pop of 'Our House' and 'Yesterday's Men'.
Delights are many - the better than the original cover of 'It Must Be Love', the Squeeze like 'My Girls Mad At Me', 'Cardiac Arrests' astute lyrics, the dark 'Grey Day' and the joyous gospel inflected 'Wings Of A Dove'. Even later less successful songs 'Uncle Sam' and 'Ghost Train' are a lot better than their lowly chart positons indicate.
Time has been very kind to Madness. They effortlessly balanced tongue in cheek and pathos whilst wrapping their songs around original and beautifully realised arrangements. Suggs was a stylish and extremely visual frontman and the band had the sense to re-invent themselves on a regualr basis. From 1979 - 84 Madness were the most succesful singles act in the UK. They are ripe for reappraisal. Not so Nutty after all.

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