Monday, May 04, 2009

'80s Monday: Madness

Madness was little different from a lot of bands I listened to during the '80s in that they weren't "deep" at all. A lot of their songs were nonsensical, just an excuse to have fun and dance and jump around like a fool. They called themselves the "nutty boys" and their music the "nutty sound."

Their first album, "One Step Beyond," was my favorite during the early '80s. I wore out the cassette listening to it over and over. I didn't like their subsequent albums nearly as much. They started to move a little bit away from the ska sound that I liked so much, and my taste probably evolved a little too. "Our House" was their big American hit, and it's an accessible, nostalgic song that most people can relate to, but as far as I was concerned it wasn't a true Madness song. I liked it, but it wasn't "nutty" at all.

"One Step Beyond" (1979)

"Night Boat to Cairo" (1979)

"Baggy Trousers" (1980) was my favorite song off their second album.

"Our House" (1982), since everybody remembers it. Like I said, I like the song, it's just not what I wanted from Madness.

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