IN THEIR OWN WORDS
From Smash Hits and Sounds to The Sun and Sunday Times, Madness have revealed all in magazines, fanzines and newspapers.
Well before the first Madness autobiography, we collected plenty of snippets by the band from various volumes.
Thanks to the small screen, quotes have been culled from grainy documentaries, pre-gig chats and a host of TV appearances.
Madness have been on our airwaves for over 40 years, during which time they’ve provided plenty of background on their story.
year of first single release
UK Top Ten singles
weeks in the UK charts in the 80s
people who liked The Sweetest Girl
From the early days rehearsing in Mike’s front room, to gigs at pals’ parties and the wild nights in Camden boozers, Madness’s formative years were a blur of sweat, ska and skinheads.
Dominating the pencil cases of schoolboys everywhere, Madness dominated the charts in the 1980s, developing That Nutty Sound into something a bit more sophisticated.