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BITS OF NEWS AND TRIVIA FROM COLLECTORS' CORNER!…

  •  Hmm, I think I've heard this one somewhere before!...

    Over 30 years ago a debut album was released by a band boasting a tune within its tracklisting called Tarzan's Nuts, written, according to the album credits by Messrs Cathal Smyth and Michael Barson. So 30 years later it came as some surprise to be informed by a certain author of a book on this aforementioned band, that in actual fact Tarzan's Nuts started off life in 1966, as a track written by S. Lee and known as "Tarzan's March"...

...recorded originally by Marty Manning and The Cheetahs for a US TV show, it was then re-recorded a year later by the one and only Acker Bilk, take a listen and see what you think...certainly there is no doubt in our mind that the track was re-worked superbly by the Nutty Boys, in particular the additional music presumably written for it by Mr B adds to the original superbly...

  • Madness at the British Music Experience - London, o2 Arena Exhibition...

    In these days of X Factor hype and spin and manufactured pop acts, it is all too common for music industry events such as the Brit Awards to try to air brush the likes of Madness from British music history, it is therefore commendable that the British Music Experience at the o2 Arena, not only has plenty of references to Madness, but even an entire cabinet of exhibits to Madness and the Two Tone era...  


...within the Two Tone cabinet you will find a variety of items from a Two Tone Tour poster (supplied by Retro-Madness) to Carl's newspaper suit from Utter Madness / Ghost Train video, on loan from the Maddies themselves... 


...for another treat, check out the 1970s room and you will find another surprise Madness exhibit amongst the Glam Rock items in the form of Slade's Dave Hill's infamous 'Super Yob' guitar! ...  

  • The Maddie Mobile has had a PINK re-spray!!!  

    No joke, the actual Maddie Mobile designed for the West End for Our House the Musical (2002-2003) has resurfaced on stage in Hackney Empire's 2009/2010 pantomime 'Aladdin'...re-sprayed pink! All those Madness collectors who might have dreamed of one day having the fully mechanised Maddie Mobile parked securely in their garage, will have to think again, as the former Maddie Mobile is now being used as Widow Twankey's runaround !
  • I dented somebody's fender, he learnt not to park on a bender, ha ha ha...

    Yes, the Maddie Mobile has indeed had a pink re-spray! From the trailer below for the pantomime, it can be seen there is another close connection to the Our House Musical via the starring roll of Tameka Empson, who played Billie in the West End production of Our House. I'm quite sure when the curtain came down on the final show in 2003, she never imagined being reunited again with the car over 6 years later! Any doubters amongst you, check the number plate of the car in the footage for proof that it is indeed the same vehicle from the Madness Musical.

 

  • Their first single of their fourth decade in the charts, 'Forever Young' was released on Monday 18th January 2010. Be sure to place your order by Sunday 24th to see if a place in the Top 100 can be secured. Following demands from Madness collectors via this blog and elsewhere, it has been released on 7" and CD, as well as download. Massive praise to all who made this possible. Sadly it seems the days of the physical released single are doomed. Less than 10x HMVs across the UK still stock 7" singles and CD singles are only stocked for the Top 20. HMV's flagship store on Oxford Street, London, which only last summer was overflowing with Dust Devil singles, had only ordered 4 copies of the 7" and CD!!! But all is not lost, the official Madshop is selling a 7"/CD/Download bundle for just £9 + p&p, reduced by a further £1 is you use the voucher code below...
  • With confirmation that Madness will not be making a new video for the release of the new single, it seems that the fantastic pieces of archive footage and photographs meticulously put together by Mick Jenner, have indeed become the unofficial official video for Forever Young. Without doubt their best video of this decade, so far...

 

  • NICE MAYOR IAN !!!

    ...Had to go further down the road to get the Currant Bun
    Hello isn’t that George on page one?
    No it couldn’t be but yes it is, difficult to see from these photo fits,
    But they are after him, of that you can be sure,
    They’ve called him on the phone, they’ve knocked on his door,
    But he’s gone away, gone to stay with some mates,
    He got the papers early and saw his own fate
    Evening Standard papers sir?

    Madness song provides inspiration to nocturnal activities of local Mayor - Evening Standard - January 2010

 

  • It seems Madness is becoming increasingly instrincally linked to daily life in the UK. Major carpet retailer "Carpetright" termed its Autumn 2009 sale "Carpet Madness". Nothing too unusual about that you may think...but check out the image beneath the caption! Something tells me this wasn't an official endorsement by the band...but in a way it seems to show how Madness are no longer merely a band/brand but a readily identifiable part of British life, perhaps following in the steps of the likes of Hoover and Sellotape !

 

  • Two iconic British Institutions separated only by time...9 years to be precise! Rummaging through the Madness 7" section of one of London's remaining second hand record stores, we were intrigued to find that a shop assistant (with a sense of humour) had included a Sid James single recorded in 1973 and titled 'Our House'. It had a very silly price tag attached, but naturally it had to be purchased, especially on finding that the B Side was titled 'She's Gone'!

 

  • Apologies to any 'Carry On' gurus reading this who will be well aware that 'Our House' was one of the main tracks from the 'Carry on London' live revue from 1973 that featured stars from the films live on the West End stage. We've no idea whether Carl and Chris were aware of the 'Carry On' connection when they wrote the famous Madness track in 1982 (Chris says not). From what we can find, Sid James's version never charted. Have a listen for yourself below, we think we can understand why the Madness version has had slightly greater longevity! It also brings a tear to the eye to see so many famous comedy legends that are sadly no longer with us...  

 

  • What, no actual single?...Sugar & Spice?...More like Shame & Scandal!

  • It's unbelievable, but yes it's true. The release of Dust Devil couldn't have given a bigger indication that Madness fans that buy singles, don't do downloads. We hear that enough physical copies of Dust Devil were sold to have justified a Top 10 hit (in charts of old), in fact so few downloads were sold that downloads apparently counted for less than 1% of all sales. So the follow up single Sugar & Spice is released as download only...make what sense of that as you will...it didn't make the Top 200, let alone the Top 40, it apparently didn't even make the indie chart. It may have had a good amount of airplay, but just think how much more it would have got had it been a chart success. A fantastic track and a fantastic video but let down by an exceptionally short sighted bit of penny pinching when it came to a physical release!

 

 

  • Wow! Australia has its own Record Store Day! Sadly probably too late for us to have one in the UK these days, other than to help boost the sales of HMV, Tesco and Asda!

  • Here's Suggsy sharing some of his own memories of the joys of record collecting...

 




 

  • Years in the making, Suggs and Chrissy Boy finally revealed the design of The Liberty of Norton Folgate box set earlier in 2009...

 

 

  • You've probably got one in your Norton Folgate box set, but it seems the new album is also to be released on vinyl in Germany! Check it out on Amazon, be interesting to see how different it is to the UK version.

  • The pressure is now on for the new 'Madness Best Of' to also be released as a double vinyl LP when it hits the shops this autumn. We're willing to start a petition if there's enough interest!

  • Looking to get extra value out of your Norton Folgate box set? Here's Chrissy Boy with his 101 alternative uses...Use #99...

 

 

  • Armed with a hidden axecam Chrissy Boy and Madness Manager Hugh Gadson go undercover in record shops on the Continent to try to discover why European sales of the new album haven't yet echoed the Top 5 chart position achieved in the UK...

 

 

  • Please, please, please be careful when buying 'signed' items on Ebay - these days there are more forged signed Madness items than genuine, incredibly the biggest fraudsters are often those that claim to specialise in signed memorabilia, regularly offering worthless so called 'Certicates of Authenticity' to try to substantiate their claims. They often have impressive feedback records but don't be fooled, sadly this only because they are very good at duping innocent buyers. It is frequently individual fans that have been lucky to get items signed at gigs or store appearances that are the sellers to trust. If in doubt please feel free to ask our opinion before you bid, but whatever you do, don't give large sums of money to the fake signature fraudsters.

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