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Mr. Apples
Mr. Apples
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 28 Oct. 2016
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Stompingly good best Madness single since NW5.

Can't Touch Us Now
Can't Touch Us Now
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5.0 out of 5 stars Untouchable Madness, 28 Oct. 2016
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Distilled Madness. Bits from every Madness era captured on this new album some 37 years into their career. There is something brand new. The funkyness of Good Times with powerful backing vocalist Ade (from Man Like Me). The electro leaning of Dont Let Them Catch you crying. There is still ska rhythms and brass with Mumbo Jumbo, but they cleverly weave in a Banjo that totally fits the song about the nonsense of politicians, sung by Thommo. Mr Apples is that classic singles era Madness a true radio hit now. There are touching ballads from Suggs Pam the hawk about Soho, and Blackbird in nod to Amy whinehouse. There is crunch! resurrected tune in Given the Opportunity, Religion, is tackled in I Believe when we bogus dance over st pauls. A nonsense final track in whistle in the dark is like a missing section of Folgate. Soul Denying is an epic turning song rescued from the Wonderful Era. Grandslam is a western alpha male skank that would fit just after the dangermen, Magic brothers pen tunes with Another Version of Me, Mike gives us You are My Everything that sounds like Suggs Lone Ranger LP, or the box set The Kiss from Folgate era. Cant touch me now is the defiant chas less now intro song from the new 6. Dont let any Cash-lash put you off a still fully functioning Madness. The whole album needs a good sit down and listen on good equipement. Being captured as a live band in toe rag's 8 track studio. Yet still layered at times with strings, a choir, two black voice backing vocalists, double bass and tuba elements and fruit machine and rain FX all in the right places. Nutty, crazy, danceable, sway about, deep lyrics, character performances and loads of storys. Untouchable Madness.

You Don't Have to Hide Your Love Away
You Don't Have to Hide Your Love Away
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5.0 out of 5 stars MIS Single Review, 3 Sept. 2013
As a long standing Madness fan, I've been given the honour of writing a review for the very first single release from The Magic Brothers new album, The Magic Line, released on the 30th September.

The Magic Brothers are, of course, Nick & Daniel (Woody) Woodgate who are synonymously linked to Madness. That said, I have no intention of making comparisons and I therefore hope that regular readers of the MIS are not expecting to see a written account of the similarities between the two bands. If that's the case, you will be disappointed.

The Magic Line's first single release is called You Don't Have to Hide Your Love Away. It tells the emotional tale of a woman who could never say sorry and subsequently suffers the consequences by living a lonely existence.

All she does is sit alone and wonders where it went wrong,
All she has is a photograph of a man who sang her love songs.

Once her house was full of joy and the streets would ring with laughter,
No one lives here anymore and there's no one to look after.

Nick's haunting vocals bring an ethereal quality to this sad story. Further enhancement is provided by a second, higher vocal track that runs alongside. The two voices combine so well that I initially thought the harmonies had been double-tracked with Nick singing both parts. After a closer listen however, I realised the higher voice was female and is in fact, the dulcet tones of Siobhan, Woody's wife who has contributed to several songs on the album and has a lovely, pure voice.
What I really like about this song is the amazingly smooth and melodic guitar sound. To produce this unique tone, Nick used a Custom Epiphone Gibson Les Paul guitar (which he likes to point out is tobacco-coloured). He tells me he would turn the action down low enough to enable him to bend the strings. Okay, this sounds far too technical for the likes of me, but it obviously has the desired effect reflecting the overall theme and background behind the song effortlessly.
The guitar solo is short, but it's also very sweet. Whilst I appreciate the time constraints involved with a single, I would have loved to hear a lengthier solo. As a lifelong and somewhat obsessive fan of Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, the similarities between his and Nick's playing style are clearly apparent. It's a joy for me to hear that distinctive sound in the subtle chord changes.

As far as production is concerned, the overall sound is clean and professional. Woody's talents as a producer and engineer are showcased. This is where we are given a sneak preview of the delights that surely await us on the album. I mean, is there anything this man cannot do? Drummer, songwriter, lyricist, producer, mixer, engineer, I could go on. Clearly not content with the vast amount of work involved with these roles, along with Nick, Woody has written the music for the entire album, including the strings, brass and woodwind parts. (Incidentally, the score and arrangements for brass and strings on the album was handled by the Violin Monkeys' very own trombonist Mike Kearsey who did the same for the Madness album The Liberty of Norton Folgate). On the single itself, the little string sections that follow each line of the chorus sound beautiful and in my opinion, are one of the main reasons for the song being so incredibly catchy. After one listen, I find myself singing along to it in my head for the rest of the day!

The bass guitar parts on both the single and the album were again, unsurprisingly written by the brothers, however, they drafted in their long-time friend and multi-instrumentalist Mike McEvoy to play them. Obviously he was an ideal choice having collaborated with Nick before on his solo projects.

Speaking of which, Nick who is a gifted musician and no stranger to making his own albums leaves me wondering why these talented siblings have not recorded an album before. Their work previously in written format has produced three tracks from separate Madness albums (No Money from Wonderful, Kitchen Floor & Leon from Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da) which are arguably the best tracks on those albums.

Luckily for us they're now writing together so often that there could easily have been more of their songs featured on the latest Madness offering. Basically, it's been a long time coming for the brothers who had their own band, Steel Erection as teenagers. However, this single, hopefully due for release on the 15th August, means it's been worth the wait.
If this song is the prelude of what's to come on the album then I think I can say with some certainty that I will be buying it. Madness fan or not, the magic Woodgate brothers are versatile, original and will appeal to everyone. I eagerly await the train on The Magic Line and recommend that you do the same.

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The Benevolence Of Sister Mary Ignatius
The Benevolence Of Sister Mary Ignatius
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5.0 out of 5 stars MIS review of the album., 5 Jun. 2013

In a stylish blue card sleeve (with booklet), front adorned with a classic shot of rude-boys of an adolescent age, comes the début album of The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra. "First one since 1990", I said holding the album up to the main man at the band's video shoot. "Yes" he replied, raising his eyebrows in acknowledged reflection to the birth of his latest solo album project, the hard work now wrapped in tangible CD form, ready to hit music players far and wide.

It feels like an impossible mission to get through a review without side reference to Madness, Dangermen, Crunch! Butterfield 8, Near Jazz, All-stars, Scapegoats, Dance Brigade, (maybe even LP6!) or most overshadowingly all the original ska artists writing or inspiring these songs to be covered. So that has been done, but then chucked out to the end of this review.

Instead, we first answer the question what is The Benevolence of Sister Mary Ignatius?

It's a very generous showcase highlighting a range of musicians in a fine set of grooves. It's a wide sound of upbeat toe tapping joy. It's playable loud for a dance party BBQ, a windows down day in the car and sunshine. It's a mood lifter. Of course the word Ska jumps out skanking, but there is a hint of jazz, country, old rock n roll and big band swing. With a jewel in the crown modern pop hit thrown in worthy of 1xtra and BBC TV fame, add just a touch of film soundtrack like production and some dubbed out reggae moves. It's totally fitting of the name "Orchestra" and comes with 5 vocal outings from the main man, Mr Lee Jay Kix Thompson, for all to enjoy.

Sister Mary is a nun who ran the Alpha School. A benevolent caring figure without who's nurture some key players in the early days of Ska would not have gone on to be the people they became, people who entertained and then inspired generations including the musicians here playing. Thommo isn't a nun of course but he's been equally generous to all in his fold, the result is a resplendent team effort.

1. Gun's Fever

A few piano notes bounce then a rattle of percussion. An organ slide. The brass fires up.

Attack. Dont argue with Mr Capone, The Ska Orchestra are here. "Gun's Fever" declares Fordie. The battle for your ears is already a step beyond on this perfect intro track by the time the ska "hup hup" ing starts. Sax solo. Trumpet solo. Trombone solo. All follow. Turner, White, Mitchell, take a step into the spotlight each. The instruments introduced. Range, triple barrels, with two more big brass guns in the main refrain.

2. Bangarang

We drum roll over straight into the second groove. Just enough vocals to catch an ear, beyond being an instrumental. "Woman no wan no bangarang" harmonise Lee and Darren. They debated which version to cover in early rehearsals. "Mama no wan no bangarang?" is the version implying kids make too much noise, but I'm glad they went with the more universal "woman" highlighting the conflict between the sexes.

Bangarang what a word. Jamaican slang and yet still sounding plausible within the mouths of our white boys. It's so onomatopoeic you can hear the clatter of a spinning dustbin lid metal and concrete in the word. Too much noise, too much hassle. Who doesn't want Bangarang removed from their lives. It's everywhere in modern life and you need relief. Lee Thompson's Ska Orchestra is that pill. The organ on this track beginning Seamus' massage to remove stress, laid back and danceable. Particularly good is the ger-ang-ger-ranging vocalising Lee extends over. Made this tune their own. Mike Pelanconi feeds the end through the dub echo machine, and it rattles out of your head before you know where you are, you are better for it.

3. Midnight Rider

Into the first proper song, via Fordie's harmonica locomotive, married with picking guitar, and lilting piano, a country cowboy turn takes place. This has been a long time favourite on Lee's home jukebox, filtered through many a line up of his band's covering this live, he finally lays it down in the albums first full vocal. Important in the sequencing, I feel, to establish Lee's voice as the main album voice. It's stamped on the final notes here. Took a few takes to nail in the studio, but the final timing ends the song brilliantly with a punch of complete arrival.

4. Fu ManChu (Featuring Bitty McLean)

The inclusion of Bitty raised eyebrows when diehard fans first heard the news, didn't seem that interesting that someone else was taking over vocals, not least a 90's one hit wonder we remembered from the charts. It passed us by a bit when we first got offered a listen, we just didn't find the time. Batting perhaps for Thommo, the thinking "why, when he's out of his main band, should he give away the recorded vocal duties to another?" Fans don't want that surely. Did it make sense? Well yes it did. When first actually heard in action, instantly melted away the sceptic fan voice. Bitty's powerful evocative vocal take. Like Dekker was reborn in the now of pop, showed the logic in a heartbeat. Thommo was in two minds for a while on the route the album was taking to the market place. Bitty tracks may have been a seperate release. In the end the decisions they made with Dave Robinson championing this version, included Bitty onto the album and single and allowed the vocal to be a guest of The Ska Orchestra. "Feather in their cap" was Thommo's thinking. How incredibly bang on that move is. The powerful "Play by the king" Mcing added a modern world to this bands sound. A general assault on radio, and modern black music's ear begins. 1Xtra played it. What will the press make of it at the album Launch? Bitty deserve a hit with this, the loop of his own tributary past to Fat's Domino now alligned with Lee's own interest in that begining. It should go far. Out of the reggae cul-de-sac and at least a moment in the mainstream. The single is so loopable. It's pratically a brain wave. Once you get into it.

5. Ali Baba

Lee's best vocal on the album. Begins with a 7 dwarfs Hi-ho sample. The nursery rhymes quality of the lyrics suit him perfectly. The accenting and satisfied sighing performance, is like being read a story by an eccentric uncle. Edwards adds flute range to the orchestra's sound. A simple and repeating song, you'll sing along, because by now the pipers son's are hypnotically good The Ska Orchestra have captured you there is no going back. The front loaded 5 tracks are all brilliant. If your car journey only takes as long as this through the album, it will be great every time. No skipping.

6. Mission Impossible

The second stage of the album comes with a triple bill of instrumental play. First up is the piano heavy MI same as the Butlins EP. Solidly good TV theme tuning. With organ grooves, and guitar highlights, a melody of brass menace. 70's TV hit. Should you decide to accept it.

7. Eastern Standard Time

Incredibly infectious big band sound, all the brass players sounding like they are on one in this. The track that makes James Bond run to the album shops, and the 60's ska sound, transports you back to the time of the original forgetting this is even a cover version.

8. Hot Reggae

Third instrumental middle. Keys climbing upwards. Different standard mix, to the dub mix on the EP. This is the original. Explained as a James Brown funk track Hot Pants turned to a reggae cover version. A fine sax solo or two. Great drum start. Melted brass.

9. Hello Josephine

All the way back to rock and roll. Lee previously explained that the Fat's Domino blues being heard wrong due to shortwave radio fading in and out is how SKA may have started. A delightfull seductive breathy vocal, makes a worthy Lee lead with barber shop style backing vocals. This track winning out over Four Winds that the band also tried out, similar. Rightly so. It's the ending that builds and builds as the whole band gel faster and faster playing the two crossing riffs that make this a magnificent jet taking off. As a sax kicks in with a third noise, it's wild and free and out of control. The layers drown and fight each other for your attension into a hand shaking final note. POW!

10. Napoleon Solo

A contrasting minimalist instrumental, not so much to it. Great Guitar near the end though.

11. Soon You'll Be Gone

Forewarning that things are nearly over comes the last vocal song. Very catchy. A crying shame to the ending of a great album. A live favourite. Same as the EP. It's Peter Cooke Dudley Moore singing off with "Goodbyee" in a more upbeat rock and roll tune, we will see all you Aligators later, after this sing-a-long.

12. Soul Serande

A sweet breeze key laden lullaybye ending. Goodnight.

Now vs the originals. That's perhaps an article for another time. But it's hard to capture the mystique of old records, enough when using analouge methods, and inevitably this sounds more modern.

The cover versions all stay pretty faithful to the original songs in structure, on an album that exists to highlight, pay tribute and hopefully send a few royalties towards the originators. It's not re-invention that's the aproach often, but it's not slavishly copying either. It's more a case of the feel for the sound being found between all the players present.

Arrangement and fade times were certainly things heavily debated back and forth in the studio from Seamus to Louis, to Mark and Lee and back again many times. With lists brought to Mike for corrections.

So as a set of ska covers bought by us fans of previous efforts, it most sits alongside The Dangermen in the Madness Cannon. That near-side project of the main band, certainly on tracks like Danger Man, or Phoenix City that they used to air live. You can match up to this, but this album has better production I feel. While it doesn't pack enough vocal tracks to really beat the Madness 2005 CD instantly, it does do a better job at times of re-inventing and placing this band's own stamp on songs, particularly on Bangarang and Fu ManChu.

It sits higher up as an achievement than Butterfield 8's Blow album, featuring 4 of the same musicians. This new album has more range and memorable catch points to the grooves than Bedford/Edwards previous penned incarnation, with much less free improvisation than their current Near Jazz enjoyment, but retains all of the power and skill of their playing.

Sadly Terry's wildest sax solo was a track that didnt make the final album. It's a few notes less rich because of that missing an untamed scapegoat like breakout element.

On the Crunch!/Nutty Boys album front, Midnight Rider is the token track here, once a live favourite of Crunch! shows, to please those still waiting decades for the 2nd album of the Foreman/Thompson band.

Beyond that the effort on this album trounces the home programmed production of that 1990 album, with it's full studio producer efforts, something Crunch! never quite managed to invest in. While the vocals here are not powerful rock poses like Crunch! neither are they self penned poetic. Ali Baba can still delight in that same way. It feels like an inspiration or cousin of Whistle. Thompson himself picks Midnight Rider as a black sheep not matching Crunch! versions.

The Ska Orchestra is not without a moment of eccentric vocalising though. A tremendous cackle at the end of Soon you'll be gone is a delightful last moment of voice to the album, but over all it's an adult and mature approach to presented singing rather than showoff shouty that Nutty Boys power once thrived on.

People forget sometimes amongst flying saxes, dressing up and painted faces the more understated past performances like Razor Blade Alley and Maybe in another life, it's those that are professional embodied throughout The Benevolence of Sister Mary Ignatius.

Having been privileged to see the album from rehearsal to production to completion, I can't put into words how personal some of the tracks feel as a result. Bangarang will always remind me of a happy day in Hackney witnessing the birth of the band before their 1st gigs. Fu ManChu is probably the astounding stand out track, I've been looping, but Bangarang I feel they made their own and it will always be a joy to hear for me.

For all the years I've followed Thommo solo bands, I've often dreamed of them doing more, but with the release of this album, The Ska Orchestra has impressed me beyond what I thought these bands could achieve. It's made Mark Bedford's missing Madness years all the more interesting than repeated Our House bass slides, it's brought brass and organ sounds widening my appeal and appreciation of past music eras, and delivered a ton more great Lee moments to enjoy. I'm perhaps only slightly dissapointed that maybe Sit and Wonder could replace Napoleon Solo for me, in the tracklisting to make this more the album, I had wished for. But when so much is so right, it's not nice to be greedy. It feels a finely fitting first album, for a great band, and a platform by which they can and should make a self penned second album to follow in future.

That we would ever be in a position to find ourselves saying that as fans, and that you can all enjoy this in your ears in June. Thank you Sister Mary. We are Blessed.
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One Step Beyond.... (30th anniversary deluxe edition)
One Step Beyond.... (30th anniversary deluxe edition)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Steps Further Beyond, 20 Sept. 2009
Hey You, Dont buy 2nd hand, buy this...

Virgin Records Management of the Madness Back Catalouge ended two years ago leaving the shelves of music stores
and online retailers mostly missing Madness seminal albums to sell as new. This even lead to some stupid prices for 2nd hand cd's as the Band returned to the mainstreme this year with the Top 5 Hit new album "The Liberty Of Norton Folgate", and gained popularity and a younger audience through TV, The Web, and a series of great concert appearances including, Camden Crawl, Shoreditch Light Bar, Glastonbury and the fifth Madstock festival.

As the 30th year of the band arrives, the re-issue schedule with new partners Union Square Music Begins a-proper now. For the General Music Fan a hit's Package "Total Madness" is the new up to date best of for 2009, but for the music fan seeking to own all of Madness's great songs in their entirity, the nutty train really starts here, with One Step Beyond becoming Two Discs now going even further Beyond.

The full original album is here, 14 songs that represent the take off of this band, honed in North London pubs,
before and during the 2tone ska craze of 1979. Ska, Punk, Rock n Roll, Pub Rock, Reggea, Motown, even a little
Classical, TV Themeing and Acapella Military chanting thrown in too, all rolled up into the now trade mark
nutty sound. The humourous songs and heart, are backed up with 5 videos from the era for hit songs, and a 24 page booklet of Lyrics, credits, photo's and 30th anniversary sleeve notes "Number Two Cuts" by celebrated street author Irvine Welsh.

The 2nd disc is the prize here, adding 18 tracks to the album. All the pre-2nd album b sides are here, including
tracks from the Work, Rest and Play ep. The full John Peel session which back in the day was the first airred unique versions of some of these songs by the band, and multiple varied version of the title track from the 7 inch
singles around Europe too. The best news for even the die hard fan base, is that "My Girl (Ballad Version) previously a very rare Flexi Disc or costly test pressing is now finally available on CD format, as are some tracks from the Live 2tone Movie Dance Craze that were equally extremely hard to find on any format, other than the LP before now. This make this the definitive version of the first Madness album, with all the artwork lovingly presented in a triple gatefold card digipack.

Start your Collection here and expect deluxe editions of Absolutely, 7, Rise and Fall, Keep Moving, The Madness, Wonderful (and hopefully Mad not Mad) and more to following in 2010 and beyond.

Why not buy the book, and the album together, and go as far beyond as is possible when going Mad for this music.

"Madness" "One Step Beyond" (33 1/3)

The Rockingest Rocksteady Beat Of Madness. The Heavy Heavy Monster Sound.

Total Madness [CD & DVD]
Total Madness [CD & DVD]
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Price: £9.52

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nutty Routes - Take a Tour of London's Best Band, 29 Aug. 2009
Hey You. "Everybody on a London Bus" (As Cambridge Circus once sang.)

A classic bus. Stuffed full of classic sights and sounds. Ready to take you on a Mad tour of delights. This is the cream of Madness hits in a double decker of formats, at a reasonable ticket price for boarding. It's a ride every music fan should take, especially if you've never done so before, now is a very good time to take this trip. It's the 30th Anniversary, With a couple of new stops, but mostly the well Dr Martin trodden passenger favourites here, all Re-Route-mastered for a quality wax polish that has made this body of work shine.

With the ever growing interest, from young and wide ranging newcomers who are considering going Mad, Let this old bus spotter here tell you what it's like this journey. Fun, dancing, sillyness, dressing up, heartwarming sing alongs, laughs, sweeping melody, beauty of thought, hidden truth below the surface, some grim reality, many a tall tale of English life set to a rocksteady beat. It's a party of 7 way creative team work, from a band that's grown from a London gang into a British institution, one that's still uniquely nuts with charm. It's Piano, Sax, Guitar dominating solid beats & Bass, with everyman vocals, upbeat to mid tempo classic song writing. Pop Genius. A Treat for your ears.

This collection is 23 stops from 1979 to 2008. Visually here it's all at the speed of a Marty Feldman coach package, your party decked out in Escaped outfits pre Trigger Happy TV, sitting next to the Two Ronnies and sharing your boiled sweets with Tommy Cooper and the Key Stone Cops. Comedy and Music are the dual wheels of entertainment going round and round here, and there isnt time for any "Why Bird Stop".

This tour now comes with some Booze laden antics in "Lovestruck" and a Modern detour into "NW5" showingcasing the ongoing brilliance of this band beyond the 80's with their 2 biggest songs since. Of the Classics "House of Fun" is my fairground fave, and "One Better day" is a song to linger on, it's the "shawshank redemption" of popular music, if you thought this stuff was all just silly hats and shouty antics, no, that's what those outside the bus think, no there's more, a picnic stop here will change your feelings in the wide range of views expressed by Madness, never has the sunshine sounded better than here.

While many regular fans might "I hate you butler" at how well driven this road of Madness Hits albums past has been in 30 years, or wish a more fuller singles collection, it doesnt stop tourism booming like the speakers stacks at all the many many Madness gigs this year, from Glastonbury to Europe and Beyond. This album reflects that live experience pretty fully. From that first 2 tone tour bus full of trumpets in 1979 to the Camden Market gig on top deck this very 30th year. No the band havnt quite got their bus passes for retirement just yet, but get onboard with the line still running, because being late for the last bus, sucks. As USM take over from Virgin records, this is the first new re-release from a back catalouge deal that will see all the Classic Madness albums following this one, returning to shops soon, so it's a good time to start your collection.

And If you like this, It's certainly worth visiting The Liberty Of Norton Folgate, a much heralded area, of late, linked to this page I'm sure, in all it's new grandeur. I'll see you in the Central depot for chats, ticket news and charts.

So if your just coming in off the street for some Madness, end your Summer Holiday with this, (but dont hum it, or the youngs ones will drive you off a cliff.)

All Aboard. Night Bus to Camden.
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The Liberty Of Norton Folgate
The Liberty Of Norton Folgate
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5.0 out of 5 stars We are living like pearly kings - "To somers town", 6 Jun. 2009
Pray silence please, touch your palm upon your screen, for the official Cockney swearing in of "The Liberty Of Norton Folgate Album"

Ladies, Gentlemen and Pearlies... Mr George Major.








IT'S A RECORD BREAKER! (Number 5 top hit in the album chart)





Beyond the brilliant music, and great lyrics, that make this album a must listen. The depth of concept is much broader here than just these 15 songs, which are steeped in storys and history both personal and of wider society past and present. Consider owning the box set with extra tracks, or catch Madness Live, Perhaps pick up one of the Hackney Live USB wristbands, Certainly look out for Julien Temple's Norton Folgate Movie in cinema's september, on TV this Christmas and later on DVD. Watch the "mood board" on Youtube. Read Peter Ackroyd's London a Biography or Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem, and the travel book "This Bright Field". Visit The Light Bar or the water poet in Norton Folgate it's self for a pint. Visit MIS and Madness Central websites, for detailed articles, and podcasts from 2008-2009 archives, about these songs and the events that launched them. Because "we are living like kings" & "you are a part of everything you see" "Wont you come with us to The Liberty Of Norton Folgate?..."

Broken News: Series 1 [DVD] [2007]
Broken News: Series 1 [DVD] [2007]
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5 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BROKEN COMEDY, 19 Jun. 2006
"Acutely Observed and Superbly Performed" states the cover blurb

of this DVD and I would whole heartedly agree, the style, detail and performances of this spoof 24 hour news channle hopping show is spot on and a credit to all the performers and technical crew who worked on this show.

Unfortunately the cover doesnt state "Expertly Written" and this is where the whole project falls down for me. What exactly were the writers trying to do with the comedy element of this show, or was it improvised maybe?

Getting the style and performance of the parody right is only one aspect and not enough to be funny in it's self, for very long.

Funny ideas and developement of funny ideas into new twists and more absurdity is needed to keep interest, to help the performers be funny and to amuse the audience for longer than the first minute.

This show comes up with supposedly funny news stories that cant happen which are of varying amusement but then goes nowhere with these ideas. It just repeats them from different style news presenters again and again intercutting the ideas. Relying on

it's channle hopping device to allow the show to move on keep cutting to new things. It's all concept and no real content.

It's repetative, annoying and boring.

I'll quite blatantly state I've only ever sat through about

2 episodes of this on TV, so If I missed the funny episode and

this reveiw offends you then please do point this out to me

what I missed.

Here are Five better news dvds that you can laugh at instead that you can buy from Amazon.co.uk

1. The Day Today

2. Not the Nine Oclock News

3. Drop the Dead Donkey (boxsets)

4. Have I got news for you - The best of the guests

5. 50 Years of BBC news with Michael Buerk

Yes undoubtably the real news has been funnier than this, at times!

Jonathan Young

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