NEW MUSIC EAR'S PERSONAL PLAYLISTS - "MADNESS"

A NEW FEATURE ON NEW MUSIC EAR.  THE PLAYLISTS ON MY IPOD FEATURE LOTS OF VARIOUS ARTISTS SO I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE MY PLAYLISTS WITH YOU.  HOPE YOU SEE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITES!

MADNESS



PLAYLIST


From 1979's debut album, the brilliant raw but brilliant "One Step Beyond..." I chose 6 great tracks.  The insrumental masterpiece that is the title track and the tribute to Jamaican Ska musician Prince Buster, "The Prince" (also the band's debut single) are included here.  The mysteriously Jazzy "Night Boat To Cairo" and the quirky "Bed And Breakfast Man" are on my "mad" playlist.  One of my favourites by Madness, "My Girl" and to finish off from this abum, the self titled, "Madness".



From 1980's second album, "Absolutely" I chose two of the most famous Madness songs and the songs that got me into the band's music.  The utterly fantastic and catchy "Baggy Trousers" and equally wonderful "Embarrassment".  There were a couple more I almost added but these playlists are my "ultimate" favourites so just these two from this set.



1981 brought the next batch of tracks for my playlist from the album, "7".  I included the darkly comic "Cardiac Arrest" and even more dark "Grey Day".  The more jolly and upbeat "Shut Up" completes the trio of songs from this album.



The magnificent compilation "Complete Madness" came in 1982 and included many of the previous songs I have chosen as well 3 originals that appear on my list.  The brilliant cover of Labi Siffre's 1971 hit "It Must Be Love", they pretty much made it their own! Added to this great track comes the frenetic Ska stomper "In The City" and everybody's favourite, the brilliant "House Of Fun", classic Madness.



The 1982 studio release "(Presents) The Rise And Fall" brought one of my favourite songs of the 80s, "Our House" and the other song I have included here is the very experimental (by Madness' standards) "Tomorrow's (Just Another Day)".  



"Keep Moving" was released in 1984 and the two songs I have chosen here are the unusual but really nicely composed Pop song, "Michael Caine" and Reggae style Pop ballad, "One Better Day".

Madness released their sixth studio album, "Mad Not Mad" in 1985.  The last set of original recordings before the band split until 1992.  Of the three tracks I have chosen two are the singles, the classic Madness Pop of "Uncle Sam" and the the accomplished more mature sounding "Yesterday's Men".  The third track from the band's final album of greatness (in my opinion) is the satirical (about their supposed declining popularity) "I'll Compete".



"Utter Madness" tied up the loose ends of the great Madness era, following on from "Complete Madness".  The album was released in 1986.  Four tracks appear in my playlist and is the last album by Madness that I took tracks from, even though I have the albums later.  The superb and classic "Driving In My Car" is here as is the final single, "(Waiting For) The Ghost Train".  The two songs that complete my ultimate favourite Madness playlist are the wacky Gospel styled "Wings of A Dove" and some classic Madness sound with "The Sun And The Rain".


I AM SURE MANY FANS WILL BE DEBATING THE INCLUSIONS AND THE TRACKS NOT INCLUDED, BUT I HOPE YOU FOUND THIS PLAYLIST INTERSTING, CHECK BACK FOR MORE ON NEW MUSIC EAR!




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