- Audio CD (5 Jun. 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Label: Virgin
- ASIN: B00004R63R
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | Mini-Disc
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,006 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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In the early 1980s, Madness were one of the most popular bands in Britain; their zany style and dedication to fun shined through in their music resulting in a number of hits. This excellent compilation contains 22 of their earlier singles: from the bouncy "One Step Beyond" to "Baggy Trousers", the jerky "House of Fun" and "It Must Be Love". These were all short, jaunty tunes with lyrics about real life--sometimes amusing, sometimes sombre in tone, but always grounded in the real world. This CD is an excellent introduction to a band that was very much a product of their time. --Carina Trimingham
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I bought this as my car CD player decided to eat my original CD and the only way to get it out of the CD plyer was to use a knife, which scratched the CD so it would not play again.
You cannot beat a good bit of Madness playing on the stereo!!!
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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This band is what is called a fun band good for warming up at the start of a show as everyone knows their music, the lead singer does mainly disk jockey work now,Published 10 months ago by Shirley Steadman