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 thirty-plus year career have enjoyed a string of Top Ten hits which form part of the lifeblood of British popular music. Their ability to document serious issues within seemingly sweet pop songs has resulted in an influence on generations of musicians that cannot be overstated. Reverberations of Madness can be heard in the likes of The Smiths, Blur, Arctic Monkeys and a host of other huge acts that came in their wake. Total Madness brings together 23 of the band s best-loved songs. From the early ska of The Prince and One Step Beyond to the sophisticated, bittersweet pop of NW5 (from 2009 s The Liberty Of Norton Folgate album) via some of the finest pop songs to bother the pop charts in the 1980s. Madness sold over 6 million singles in that decade alone. Total Madness reminds us why.