Madness are an English ska band from Camden Town, London, that formed in 1976. One of the most prominent bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s 2 Tone ska revival, they continue to perform with their most recognised line-up of seven members.
Madness achieved most of their success in the early to mid 1980s. Both Madness and UB40 spent 214 weeks on the UK singles charts over the course of the decade, holding the record for most weeks spent by a group in the 1980s UK singles charts. However, Madness achieved this in a shorter time period (1980–1986).


SRK 6085 Madness - One Step Beyond... album art Madness One Step Beyond... (Album, Comp) Stiff Records SRK 6085 US 1979 Sell This Version
SEEZ 29 Madness - Absolutely album art Madness Absolutely (Album) Stiff Records SEEZ 29 UK 1980 Sell This Version
ZSEEZ 39 Madness - 7 album art Madness 7 (Album) Stiff Records ZSEEZ 39 Belgium 1981 Sell This Version
CN 3757/S Madness - In Concert-247 album art Madness In Concert-247(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 3757/S UK 1981 Sell This Version
4.25422, 4.25 422-01 1 Madness - The Rise & Fall album art Madness The Rise & Fall (Album, Comp) Stiff Records 4.25422, 4.25 422-01 1 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
#422 Madness - B.B.C. Rock Hour album art Madness B.B.C. Rock Hour London Wavelength #422 US 1983 Sell This Version
CN 4169/S Madness - In Concert-301 album art Madness In Concert-301(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 4169/S UK 1983 Sell This Version
none Madness - King Biscuit Flower Hour album art Robert Palmer / Madness Robert Palmer / Madness - King Biscuit Flower Hour(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) ABC Rock Radio Network, DIR Broadcasting none US 1983 Sell This Version
NBC 83-46 Madness - The Source - NBC Radio's Young Adult Network album art Madness The Source - NBC Radio's Young Adult Network(2xLP, Transcription) The Source (8) NBC 83-46 US 1983 Sell This Version
#1007 Madness - The Penthouse/Omni Magazine College Rock Concert album art Madness The Penthouse/Omni Magazine College Rock Concert(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength #1007 US 1983 Sell This Version
SEEZ 53 Madness - Keep Moving album art Madness Keep Moving (Album, Comp) Stiff Records SEEZ 53 Hong Kong 1984 Sell This Version
JZLP-1 Madness - Mad Not Mad album art Madness Mad Not Mad (Album, Comp) Zarjazz, Virgin JZLP-1 Ireland 1985 Sell This Version
CN 4715/S Madness - In Concert-376 album art Madness In Concert-376(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 4715/S UK 1986 Sell This Version
828 367-2 Madness - Madstock! album art Madness Madstock! (Album) Go! Discs 828 367-2 UK 1992 Sell This Version
TCDC 0006 Madness - Classic In Concert - 6 album art Madness Classic In Concert - 6(CD, Transcription) BBC Transcription TCDC 0006 UK 1993 Sell This Version
97-45 Madness - In The Zone album art Madness In The Zone(CD, Transcription) Westwood One 97-45 US 1997 Sell This Version
44402-2 Madness - Universal Madness (Live In Los Angeles) album art Madness Universal Madness (Live In Los Angeles) (Album) Goldenvoice 44402-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
CDV 2889, 7243 8 48406 2 4 Madness - Wonderful album art Madness Wonderful (Album, Comp) Virgin, Virgin CDV 2889, 7243 8 48406 2 4 UK & Europe 1999 Sell This Version
82876 77933 2 Madness - The Dangermen Sessions Volume One album art Madness The Dangermen Sessions Volume One (Album) V2 82876 77933 2 Russia 2005 Sell This Version
1 Madness - On Stage - London album art Madness On Stage - London (Album) Lucky Seven 1 UK 2006 Sell This Version
2 Madness - On Stage - Glasgow album art Madness On Stage - Glasgow(2xCDr, Album, Ltd) Lucky Seven 2 UK 2006 Sell This Version
8 Madness - On Stage - Wembley Arena, London album art Madness On Stage - Wembley Arena, London(2xCDr, Album, Ltd) Lucky Seven 8 UK 2006 Sell This Version
3 Madness - On Stage - Manchester album art Madness On Stage - Manchester(2xCDr, Album, Ltd) Lucky Seven 3 UK 2006 Sell This Version
5 Madness - On Stage - NEC Birmingham album art Madness On Stage - NEC Birmingham(2xCDr, Album, Ltd) Lucky Seven 5 UK 2006 Sell This Version
6 Madness - On Stage - Bournemouth album art Madness On Stage - Bournemouth(2xCDr, Album, Ltd) Lucky Seven 6 UK 2006 Sell This Version

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September 13, 2021
A long and boring note regarding Virgin CDOVD reissues of the first five studio albums plus the first three compilations Madness - Complete Madness, Madness - Utter Madness and Madness - Divine Madness:

First releases used a '5 012981 xxxxxx' barcode and were pressed in 1989 by Sonopress Germany or Sony DADC Austria.
(Except Madness - Complete Madness which was 1986 and Madness - Divine Madness which was pressed by Nimbus, Feb 1992).
Austrian Picture CDs of One Step Beyond, Absolutely and Rise & Fall were pressed with this barcode and appear in Madness - Collectors' Edition.

Second releases of Utter and Divine used the same '5 012981 xxxxxx' barcode with a new '0777 7 86xxx x x' catalogue number and were pressed (I think mid 1992) by EMI Swindon and also in Holland (Utter & Divine) and Italy (One Step Beyond & Divine).
Variations of Divine exist with different French price codes.
I have also seen One Step Beyond, The Rise & Fall (not listed on Discogs) with this barcode/cat. no. combination but don't own either.

Third releases had matching '0777 7 86xxx x x' barcode and catalogue numbers and were pressed late 1992 (I think) by EMI Swindon and EMI Uden. Variations of One Step Beyond exist with different French PM codes on the rear sleeve.
Austrian Picture CDs of One Step Beyond, Absolutely and Rise & Fall were pressed with this barcode and appear in Madness - Collectors' Edition
Versions of this third release from 1992 exist with mould SID codes so must have been manufactured in or after 1994 but using identical artwork. These are not new releases but do require separate entries.
One Step Beyond and Divine were also pressed in Italy and a picture CD of One Step Beyond made in Holland also exists.

The next reissues were the enhanced MADCD series pressed in 2000 by either:
1. Glass mastered and pressed by EMI Swindon
2. Glass mastered at EMI Swindon, pressed by EMI Uden
3. Glass mastered and pressed by EMI Uden


September 13, 2020
This is a little late but I have a question about the 2009-10 remasters. The spines all have a letter and they spell MADNESS! They are also numbered in chronolgical order. Salvo has M, A, D, N, E (#1 - #5) and "!" (#8). Virgin's "Mad Not Mad" is showing S and #6 in the Discog pics. Does anyone know what the other S (#7) is? I went through the pics and I'm not seeing anything.


December 29, 2018
Who remembers the Madness Sekonda TV advert ! Just found this version from Channel 4, 5th December 1992.


January 13, 2017
Madness have always been about fun -- for themselves and for their audience -- earning the title "The Nutty Boys" early in their career. Their upbeat, humorous sound helped revitalize Ska in the late 1970s and early '80s.
The album One Step Beyond is a certifiable classic, drawing on the early Ska and Rock Steady of Jamaica's Prince Buster and adding a distinct British stamp. Though they were always loved in the U.K., it took the hit "Our House" to win a significant American audience. That single exemplified the way Madness departed from traditional Ska, adding bits of soul and Brit Pop to their sound.
Madness reunite here and there in different forms for an eager fan base that remains supportive, recently they have played at many racecourses in England ;)


February 18, 2012
Along with the Specials, Madness were one of the leading bands of the ska revival of the late '70s and early '80s. As their career progressed, Madness branched away from their trademark "nutty sound" and incorporated large elements of Motown, soul, and British pop. Although the band managed one crossover American hit in 1983, the band remained a British phenomenon, influencing several successive generations of musicians and becoming one of the most beloved groups the country produced during the '80s.

The origins of Madness lie in a ska group known as the Invaders, which was formed by Mike Barson, Chris Foreman, and Lee Thompson in 1976. By 1978, the band had changed their name to Morris and the Minors and had added Graham "Suggs" McPherson, Mark Bedford, Chas Smash, and Dan Woodgate to the group. Later in 1978, they changed their name to Madness, in homage to one of their favorite Prince Buster songs. The following year, Madness released their debut single, a tribute to Prince Buster entitled "The Prince," on Two-Tone. The song was a surprise success, reaching the British Top 20. Following its success, the band signed a record contract with Stiff Records and released another Prince Buster song, "One Step Beyond," which climbed to number seven.

Madness quickly recorded their debut album, also titled One Step Beyond, with producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley. Released toward the end of the year, the album peaked at number two in Britain and it stayed on the charts for well over a year. At the beginning of 1980, the band's third single, "My Girl," peaked at number three. For the next three years, the group had a virtually uninterrupted run of 13 Top Ten singles, during which time they were one of the most popular bands in Britain, rivaled only by the Jam in terms of widespread popularity. Where the Jam appealed to teenagers and young adults, Madness had a broad fan base, reaching from children to the elderly. Which didn't mean their music was diluted -- they continued to expand their sound, both musically and lyrically.

In the spring of 1980, Madness released the Work Rest and Play EP, which reached number six on the strength of the EP's lead song, "Night Boat to Cairo." Also during the spring, One Step Beyond was released in the United States, where it peaked at 128. Madness' second album, Absolutely, was released in the fall of 1980. The record peaked at number two on the British charts, but it stalled at number 146, in the U.S. Sire dropped the band after the commercial disappointment of Absolutely, leaving Madness without an American record contract for several years.

Back in England, Madness continued to gain momentum, as the group began playing matinee shows on their tours so children under 16 years old could attend the concert. In the fall of 1981, the band released their third album, Seven, which peaked at number five. In January of 1982, Madness hit number four with a cover of Labi Siffre's "It Must Be Love." In March, their streak of Top Ten hits was interrupted when "Cardiac Arrest" stalled at number 14 on the charts, due to radio's reluctance to play the tune. The band bounced back a few months later with "House of Fun," their first number one single. That same month, the hits compilation, Complete Madness, reached number one.

Madness returned in the late summer of 1982 with The Rise and Fall, their full-fledged shift to pop. Like their previous albums, it was a British hit, reaching the Top Ten, but it also contained the seeds of their brief American success with the Top Five British single "Our House." The single was released in America on the group's new label, Geffen, and it received heavy airplay from MTV. The music-video television network had previously played the videos for "House of Fun," "It Must Be Love," and "Cardiac Arrest" when the band's albums were unreleased in the United States, thereby setting the stage for "Our House" to become a massive hit. With "Our House," Madness had MTV exposure coincide with a record release for the first time, which sent the single into the American Top Ten in the summer of 1983. The success of the single brought the U.S. compilation album, Madness, to number 41. Madness managed one more American Top 40 hit that fall, when "It Must Be Love" peaked at number 33.

At the end of 1983, Mike Barson -- the band's key songwriter -- left the group to settle down with his wife. Although Madness was able to stay near the top of the charts with their first post-Barson release, "Michael Caine," the band's fortunes began to decline over the course of 1984. Upon its release in the spring, Keep Moving hit number six on the British charts; in America, the record reached number 109. In June, the group released its final single for Stiff Records, "One Better Day," which peaked at number 17. In the fall, Madness formed their own record label, Zarjazz. Madness released "Yesterday's Men," their first recording on Zarjazz, in September of 1985, nearly a year after the label's formation. The record peaked at number 18 and its parent album, Mad Not Mad, reached number 16 upon its October release. Their chart decline continued early in 1986, when their cover of Scritti Politti's "Sweetest Girl" peaked at number 35. For most of 1986, the group was quiet. In September, Madness announced they were disbanding. Two months later, their farewell single, "Waiting for the Ghost Train," was released, charting at number 18.

After staying dormant for a year and a half, the group reunited at the beginning of 1988 as a quartet called the Madness, releasing its comeback single, "I Pronounce You," in March. The Madness featured Chris Foreman, Lee Thompson, Chas Smash, and Suggs, and was augmented by the Specials' keyboardist Jerry Dammers and Steve Nieve (keyboards) and Bruce Thomas (bass) of the Attractions. "I Pronounce You" reached number 44 on the U.K. charts and its accompanying album stiffed upon its spring release. The group disbanded for a second time that fall.

In the summer of 1992, the original lineup of Madness reunited to perform two outdoor concerts at London's Finsbury Park. The group dubbed the event Madstock and released a recording of the shows on Go! Records. Madstock became an annual event for the next four years -- every summer the band would reunite and headline an outdoor festival at Finsbury Park. Suggs launched a solo career in 1995 with The Lone Ranger, which performed respectably in the U.K. charts. In 1996, Madness played the final Madstock and announced they planned not to reunite for future concerts, but by 1998 they were back on the road, with a Los Angeles date recorded for release as Universal Madness the following year. The group also reunited with original producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley to record their first new material in over a decade. The resulting Dangermen Sessions, Vol 1 was released in 2005, followed in 2009 by The Liberty of Norton Folgate, the group's ninth studio album.

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