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Madness European Vacation Tour

Madness have announced plans for a European tour at the end of the year.

Kicking off in late October, the lads ’European Vacation’ includes shows in Italy, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, France and The Netherlands!

For more information and ticket details check out the Madness official website.

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Madness For The Rest Of The Year!

Madness’s brand new studio album, ‘Can’t Touch Us Now’ will be released on October 28th. To celebrate, the band’s profile will be sky high for the rest of the year, with their ‘House Of Common’ show pulling in more than 20,000 people to Clapham Common recently, plus the new album, then their annual House Of Fun Weekender in November and their Christmas arena tour in December. Crikey, that’s a lot of Madness! To remind yourself why they are still the nation’s favourite national treasure, check out their performance of The Prince on Later With Jools Holland last Tuesday, performed as a tribute to Prince Buster, who sadly died on 8 September.

And, of course, to see our myriad classic Madness releases click here.


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Madness - House Of Common - August Bank Holiday

Madness are hosting a very special live show, on Clapham Common on August Bank Holiday (29th). Joining the band will be Toots & The Maytals, David Rodigan and Norman Jay MBE.
More info and ticket details can be found here!

Click here to see all of our wonderful Madness releases.



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Suggs on tour!

Madness frontman and raconteur extraordinaire, Suggs, will be taking his one-man show on the road again in April and May this year. The show, called ’My Life Story In Words And Music’, is a hilarious and poignant first-person account of Suggs’ extraordinary journey so far, from a bohemian childhood on the streets of Soho to his first appearance on Top Of The Pops at 18 years old.

Catch him at the following venues on these dates:

April

22nd – Scarborough Spa Theatre
23rd – Lincoln Drill Hall
24th – Carlisle Sands Centre
25th – Ilkley King’s Hall
27th – Bournemouth Pavillion Theatre
28th – Bath The Forum
29th – Worcester Huntingdon Hall
30th – Wrexham William Aston Hall

May

1st – Crewe Lyceum Theatre
3rd – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
4th – Sheffield Lyceum
5th – 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire


For all of our Madness releases, click here.

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Madness scoop 500k sales award!


Last Friday night at their annual House Of Fun Weekender, Madness accepted an award from USM for 500k sales of their four compilation albums: Complete Madness, Ultimate Madness, Total Madness and Forever Young. Designed with a fruit machine theme, the awards were presented by Mike Keat from the Cuban Brothers, who also performed over the weekend alongside Madness.

 Click here for all of USM’s Madness albums and compilations.


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Madness – One Step Beyond… 35th anniversary edition

Difficult as it may be to accept, ’One Step Beyond’ is 35!

On its initial release, ‘One Step Beyond…’ coined the unmistakable “heavy, heavy monster sound” and catapulted the band from poky rehearsal rooms and sweaty gigs to the hearts of the nation. In truth it delivered so much more: sophisticated pop, vaudevillian vamps, English eccentrics and desert moonstomps.

The forthcoming anniversary edition of the album, released on October 13th, has been digitally remastered from the original 1⁄4 inch tapes and comes complete with recently unearthed rehearsal recordings from 1979 and more. Check here for the complete track listing and to pre-order from Amazon and the official Madstore.

Also check out the official One Step Beyond site to hear previews of all the tracks, help yourself to a free download and you can even re-name the album.


   


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Madness Home And Away!

Madness have a busy summer ahead, with festival dates on le continent before returning to Blighty for their annual House Of Fun Weekender at Butlins in Minehead at the end of November. In addition to that little lot the band have announced a UK tour  - the M.A.D.H.E.A.D. - in December, making it a very merry Christmas indeed this year.

For full details on all live Madness shenanigans, click here.

For tunes to go with said shenanigans, click here.

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‘Take It Or Leave It’ nominated for Music Week Award!

Salvo’s reissue of Madness’s ‘Take It Or Leave It’ has been nominated for a Music Week Award, it has been revealed today. The Awards, which cover all areas of the UK music industry are to be held in London on April 24.

Included in the Catalogue Marketing Campaign category, ‘Take It Or Leave It’ combined Madness’s 1981 biopic on DVD, with its accompanying soundtrack on CD for the first time ever. USM’s marketing campaign included holding a launch party for the release at the same venue that hosted the original premiere of the film, the Odeon on Camden Parkway. Members of the band attended the launch and participated in a riotous Q&A session after the film was shown.

The film itself (a must for Madness fans) is a wonderful snapshot of London in the late 1970s and charts the band’s rise to fame from their first gig as The Invaders to the departures hall at Heathrow for their very first trip to America as the UK’s favourite band, Madness. The CD soundtrack serves as an early best-of compilation with tracks from their first three albums.

For more info about the release, click here.


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Madness return to Camden for Take It Or Leave It launch

Madness came out last night to celebrate the Salvo reissue of their classic biopic, ‘Take It Or Leave It’. Originally released in 1981, the film’s premiere was held at Parkway cinema in Camden and last night saw the band return to the same venue for a special screening, along with director and Stiff Records boss Dave Robinson.

The band’s own beer, Gladness, was served and the film was riotously enjoyed, with the band and Dave staying afterwards for a brilliant Q&A session.

 The film comes out on DVD on October 7th with its accompanying soundtrack on CD for the first time. Click here for more details.


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Don’t Watch That… Watch This!

Salvo is delighted to announce the release of Madness’s brilliant cult biopic, ‘Take It Or Leave It’.

Originally released in 1981, the film tells the story of the band’s spectacular rise to fame: from the tiny pubs of North London to their first trip to America as the UK’s number one singles band.

This special edition boasts a digitally restored version of the film on DVD, with the accompanying soundtrack on CD. Providing a unique perspective on the band’s early work, the soundtrack has never before been released as a compilation in its own right.

Look out for a competition to win a copy of this unique release. See here for details.



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Madness launch Gladness beer!

Madness have teamed up with the award-winning Growler Brewery to produce their very own beer, called "Gladness". The brew will be available through Nicholson’s Pubs across its 80 UK sites from Monday 10th June.

Having spent much time lamenting the fact that more popular lager choices are predominantly from continental Europe and the States, Madness wanted a British take on their beer.  The final results were brewed with solely lager hops for a distinct, flavoursome taste but brewed as an ale, to be served through the hand pumps for a smooth finish. 

Packed with the Noble Tetnang leaf hop to create a gentle floral aroma, with a touch of spice to the taste and finished with Saaz hops to add a light bitterness at the end, this light golden beer combines flavour and refreshment perfectly.

Click here to find out where you can enjoy a big glass of Gladness!





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Madness everywhere!

Madness continue to have a bumper year with their latest album in the charts (plus a special edition, out today) and the announcement of loads of gigs over the summer. Their annual House Of Fun Weekender at the end of November will be  preceded by a special show at London’s Alexandra Palace on 28th September. For tour dates, click here.

The band have also been busy on TV and radio. Last Friday they appeared on Alan Carr’s Grand National Spectacular on Channel 4 and you can listen online to Suggs & Mike’s session with Terry Wogan last week HERE and watch Suggs, Mike & Chas in session for Absolute HERE.

 For all of USM’s Madness releases, click here.


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The Liberty Of Norton Folgate play on BBC Radio 4

This Saturday (9th Feb) tune into BBC Radio 4 at 2.30pm to hear The Liberty Of Norton Folgate Play starring Suggs, Chas and Mike playing themselves!

BBC Radio 4 link here


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Madness rock the Roundhouse!

Madness smashed it last night at their iTunes Festival appearance at The Roundhouse in Camden, London. Serving up a blistering set of classic hits and tracks from their new album ‘Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da’ (released 29th October), the band well and truly rocked the house.

Watch the performance here.


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New Madness album sleeve designed by Sir Peter Blake

Madness have recruited pop art guru Sir Peter Blake to design the sleeve for their tenth studio album ‘Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja Ja, Da Da’, set for release on October 29th. The sleeve features crossed-out names that were considered for the album and ultimately eschewed in favour of the ‘Oui, Oui’ title.

 

The legendary artist - now 80 - has designed album sleeves for Paul Weller and Oasis as well as the groundbreaking cover for the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ in 1967.

 

Madness, who are still riding high on their successful performances at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert and the Olympics closing ceremony this summer, will release a single - ‘My Girl 2’ - on 22nd October and are due to play the iTunes Festival in London on September 27th.

 

They will also embark on a UK tour later in the year, kicking off at their own ‘House Of Fun Weekender’ at Butlin’s in Minehead on 23-26 November and finishing with two nights at London’s O2 on Dec 14 and 22.

 

Total Madness, the definitive greatest hits album, is out now.


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New Madness album set for October release!

Madness’s eagerly awaited tenth studio album is scheduled for release on October 29th. The album, the follow-up to 2009’s critically acclaimed ’The Liberty Of Norton Folgate’ is yet to be named, but a taster has been released in the form of a free single: ’Death Of A Rude Boy’, which can be downloaded here. More singles from the album will be released on 22nd October and 17th December.

Madness have already been incredibly busy this year, with high profile performances at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert and the London 2012 Olympic closing ceremony: BBC iPlayer

The band have announced a second London date at the O2 Arena on December 22nd to close their Christmas tour. Click here for full details of the tour dates and tickets.

The USM greatest hits package, Total Madness, is out now. Click here for details.



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Madness News!

Over Christmas, Suggs and Mike from Madness played an incredible, intimate set for the Absolute Radio Christmas Sessions at St Barnabas Chapel in London’s Soho. They included the songs ’My Girl’, ’Baggy Trousers’, ’Powder Blue’, and ’It Must Be Love’ with the last track exclusive to Absolute Radio Account holders. Here are the first two tracks from the session:

 

The band have added California’s Coachella festival in April to this year’s live dates. Info here. 

Prior to that, Suggs is back on tour with his brilliant one man show - dates.

The classic Madness anthem ‘Night Boat To Cairo’ is currently being featured on the new WII game ‘Just Dance 3’. As you can see from the full list below, the Nutty Boys are in good company. To download ‘Night Boat to Cairo’, click here.

JUST DANCE 3

1. Apache (Jump On It) by The Sugarhill Gang
2. Are You Gonna Go My Way by Lenny Kravitz (Cover)
3. Baby One More Time by Britney Spears (Cover by The Girly Team)
4. Barbra Streisand by Duke Sauce
5. Beautiful Liar by Beyonce and Shakira (Cover)
6. Boogie Wonderland by Earth, Wind & Fire featuring The Emotions
7. Boom by Reggaeton Storm
8. California Gurls by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg
9. Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen
10. Da Funk by Daft Punk
11. Dance All Nite by Anja
12. Dynamite by Taio Cruz
13. Forget You by Cee Lo Green
14. Giddy On Up (Giddy On Out) by Laura Bell Bundy
15. Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) (Cover) by C+C Music Factory
16. Hey Boy Hey Girl by The Chemical Brothers
17. I Feel Love by Donna Summer
18. I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ by Scissor Sisters
19. I’m So Excited by The Pointer Sisters
20. I Was Made For Lovin’ You by KISS
21. Jamaican Dance by Konshens
22. Jump (For My Love) by Girls Aloud
23. Kurio Ko Uddah Le Jana by Bollywood Rainbow
24. Land of 1000 Dances by Wilson Pickett
25. Let’s Go to the Mall by Robin Sparkles (from How I Met Your Mother)
26. Lollipop by Mika
27. Night Boat To Cairo by Madness
28. No Limit by 2 Unlimited
29. Party Rock Anthem by LMAFO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock
30. Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba
31. Price Tag by Jessie J featuring B.o.B.
32. Promiscuous by Nelly Furtado featuring Timaland
33. Pump It by The Black Eyed Peas
34. She’s Got Me Dancing by Tommy Sparks
35. Somethin’ Stupid by Robbie Williams Featuring Nicole Kidman
36. Spectronizer by Sentai Express
37. Take On Me by A-ha
38. Think by Aretha Franklin
39. This Is Halloween by Danny Elfman
40. Tightrope by Janelle Monae
41. Venus by Bananarama
42. Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles
43. What You Waiting For? by Gwen Stefani
44. Think by The London Theatre Orchestra & Cast


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Madness announce 2012 dates!

Madness are set to have a very busy 2012 by all accounts. Fresh from their successful House Of Fun weekender at the end of November, the band have recently announced a show at Mexico’s Iberoamericano Festival on 25th March and performances at the Newmarket Racecourse on 22nd June, the Isle Of Wight Festival on 23rd June and Carlisle Racecourse on 7th July. In the meantime the boys are working on their new studio album, songs from which wowed audiences at the HoF weekender, where they gave fans a special showcase.

Look out for more Madness releases on USM in 2012! Click here for all the releases so far.

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’A Guided Tour Of Madness’ - Treasure Hunt!

A Guided Tour Of Madness is out now! Buy your copy to secure entry into Ye Olde Madness Treasure Hunte.

Boasting 3CDs of favourite single and album tracks plus a DVD of the band’s triumphant, earthquake-inducing comeback gig at Madstock in 1992, this collection has been described as “quite possibly the best presented Madness collectors’ item to date”.

Included in the package is a business card on which is printed a unique four-digit number, allowing the owner to enter The Madness Treasure Hunt. Using special technology from the official global GPS cache hunt site, Geocaching.com, participants will be given co-ordinates and detailed descriptions of the locations of various caches hidden mostly in London’s Camden Town (where else?). Anyone who finds all of the caches will be entered into a draw to win a signed picture and a video message from the band.

We’ve enlisted the help of The Invisible Man to show you how it’s done!

And here’s the rest of the package:

Including the trailer for Madstock 92 - available for the first time on DVD


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A Guided Tour Of Madness!

There are just two weeks to go until the release of Salvo’s box set anthology, ‘A Guided Tour Of Madness’. Boasting 3CDs of favourite single and album tracks plus a DVD of the band’s triumphant, earthquake-inducing comeback gig at Madstock in 1992, this collection has been described as “quite possibly the best presented Madness collectors’ item to date”.

Included in the package is a business card on which is printed a unique four-digit number, allowing the owner to enter The Madness Treasure Hunt. Using special Geocaching technology, participants will be given co-ordinates and detailed descriptions of the locations of various caches hidden mostly in London’s Camden Town (where else?). Anyone who finds all of the caches will be entered into a draw to win a signed picture and a video message from the band.

All aboard for the guided tour - 19th September 2011.

Check out the inside of the package here:


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Madness in new Kronenbourg ad!

Madness have recorded and filmed a slowed-down version of their smash hit ’Baggy Trousers’ for Kronenbourg 1664’s ’Slow The Pace’ advertising campaign. Following in the footsteps of Motorhead, who recorded an acoustic version of ’Ace Of Spades’, the Madness ad is now being shown. The slowed down track - called ’Le Grand Pantalon’ -  is now available to download via iTunes. Click here to see the ad on Youtube.

The band are about to embark on a busy Summer of gigs and festivals, including Reading & Leeds. Click here for more gig details and here for USM’s Madness reissues and hits compilations.

Got Spotify? why not check out the Madness playlist.


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Madness House Of Fun Weekender announced!

Madness have announced their ‘House Of Fun Weekender’ at the Butlins resort in Minehead on 25th-28th November.

Madness will play their main set on the evening of Saturday 26th, with other entertainment duties across the entire weekend being taken care of by a special selection of artists and DJs, with cinema and comedy thrown in, plus various Madness surprises in store.

Tickets go on sale on Monday 7th March (exclusively from butlins.com/madness) and if you book before 21st March you get an extra 10% off your booking!

The ticket price includes all of the entertainment, three nights’ accommodation and full access to Butlins facilities from Friday to Monday.

For all things Madness, go to: http://blog.madness.co.uk/

For the scoop on the Butlins Weekender, visit:http://www.bigweekends.com/splash-pages/madness.aspx?  


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Latest Madness News!

Madness are all set for a busy holiday season this year. In addition to their reissued albums now being available on special edition 10” vinyl from Size 12 Records, their ‘Do Not Adjust Your Nut’ tour kicks off on November 26th in Blackpool and finishes up in a nutty Christmas bonanza at Earl’s Court on December 17th. Special support comes from The Beautiful South’s Paul Heaton.

USM are also delighted to announce the digital release of Madness – The Video Collection on itunes. Boasting 23 of classic videos spanning their career to date and for the incredible price of £7.99, it has benefitted from visual remastering, making it the best quality selection of Madness videos available.

Madness themselves are about to release the excellent "Gogglebox" - a collection of 4DVDs boasting 7 hours of footage - from the Liberty Of Norton Folgate film by Julian Temple to the band’s 2009 performance at The Hackney Empire and loads more. Check out the content in this clip.


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One Step Beyond... The Madness reissues begin!

26th October 2009 sees the release of a very special edition of Madness’s ’One Step Beyond...’. Digitally remastered with bonus tracks, nutty videos, a fantastic John Peel Session and liner notes by ’Trainspotting’ author Irvine Welsh, this 2CD collection will coincide with Madness’s 30th anniversary and marks the beginning of USM’s Madness reissue campaign, celebrating one of Britain’s all-time favourite bands.

Click here for more info


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Total Madness

MADNESS are the ultimate British singles band, holding the record for British single sales in the 1980s when over 6 million Madness singles were bought by the British public. Total Madness features 23 classic Madness tracks including 20 top 20 hits and all the accompanying videos on one fantastic value CD+DVD set.


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