Madness









Madness

Madness

is a British pop band which was formed in Camden Town, London, in 1976. Madness hit the charts and spent 214 weeks on the U. K. Singles chart over the time span of a decade. They, along with UB40 hold a record for the most weeks spent on the charts by a group during the 1980's. Both groups spent 214 weeks on the charts. Mike Barson (keyboard and vocalist) along with Chris Forman (guitar player), Lee Thompson (sax and vocalist), and later John Hasler was recruited to play the drums, as well as Cathal Smyth, bass guitar player, and Dikron (lead vocalist). The group was first called, The North London Invaders in 1976. They were sometimes known as just The Invaders. With the six members, they recorded and performed into 1977. From there, Greg McPherson became the lead vocalist and Gavin Rogers replaced Smyth on the bass guitar. McPherson was kicked out of the group because he didnít show for many rehearsals because he preferred to watch football instead of rehearsing with the band.

In 1978 McPherson was back with the band and other changes were made in the lineup. The group changed their name to Morris and the Minors for a short time before changing it to Madness. In 1979 the six member band became a seven member band with the addition of Chas Smith as he rejoined the group as a back up singer and trumpet player. The band continued to record and release their music. They performed in concerts as The Dangermen and played a lot of classic reggae and ska songs.

Madness was connected to the skinheads, early on in their career, and were members of a British working class subcultureal group which was stereotyped as a racist group. Some members of the band did not agree to the racist thoughts and actions of other members of the band. Many skinheads attended their performances and at times caused fights and chants against the different races. The skinheads would Nazi salute at the end of the performances. Madness eventually denied their connection with the skinheads and this disappointed the skinheads.

The band received a music award in 1983. They received the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song, with their song, Our House. Seventeen years later they received another Ivor Novello Award for An Outstanding Song Collection. They received the Mojo Magazine Hall of Fame Award in 2005, for being an artistís artist. There is a campaign underway in 2007 for the group to be awarded a Brit Award. Fans think the band has not received enough attention for their achievements over the past 30 years. They have released a total of 16 albums, and 17 singles.