January 8, 2022
This week, Laurie & Poly talk Madness music videos. We’ll discuss how the rise of MTV helped the band to break in the USA, and we’ll count down the top 10 Madness music videos as chosen by Stateside Madness listeners. Plus, we have some additional bonus content that was not a part of Saturday’s live video webcast: Poly & Laurie discuss their favorite Madness videos that weren’t included in the top ten, and Mr. Scurf (host of Mr. Scurf’s Koast Train) pays us a visit and talks about Lockdown Allstars.
Be sure to check out the Lockdown Allstars’ video: https://youtu.be/izsQYlq3MPI
VIVA! The Freedom Songs 4-CD set is available through the Specialized Project https://specializedproject.com/viva-the-freedom-songs/
December 23, 2021
“Christmas comes but once a year. It’s a time of love and cheer!” As 2021 comes to a close, we’d like to share some of our favorite holiday songs with you. So hang your stockings, pour an eggnog, and listen to the Stateside Madness 2021 Holiday Playlist. See you in the New Year!
0:03:38 Madness, “Inanity Over Christmas”
0:07:26 Suggs, “Sleigh Ride”
0:10:32 The Selecter, “Skank Til Christmas”
0:14:08 Squeeze, “Christmas Day”
0:17:59 The Toasters, “Winter Wonderland”
0:20:00 The Waitresses, “Christmas Wrapping”
0:25:12 Bad Manners, “Christmas Time (Again)”
0:28:08 The Pogues, “Fairytale of New York”
0:32:35 The Ramones, “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)”
0:34:35 Lemmy Kilmister, Billy Gibbons, Dave Grohl, “Run Rudolph Run”
0:38:32 Ska Santas, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
0:43:06 Bad Religion, “White Christmas”
0:44:58 Mighty Mighty Bosstones, “This Time Of Year”
0:47:09 Caro Emerald, “You’re All I Want for Christmas (acoustic)”
0:49:58 The Holophonics, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
0:53:06 Mojo Nixon, “Christmas Christmas”
0:56:14 Slade, “Merry Xmas Everybody”
0:59:54 Madness, “Carols on 45”
December 11, 2021
This week, Laurie & Poly delve into the more “adult” side of Madness. Lurking right beneath the surface of That Nutty Sound are more mature themes and videos that would make your granny blush! We will explore 17 Madness songs with content of a more adult nature. As an added bonus, we will play a bit of an unreleased demo version of “Oh” from the album The Madness, with lyrics that are decidedly more racy than those on the album version. This episode is decidedly rated PG-13 for adult themes and content.
November 27, 2021
This week Poly takes us on location to Butlins Minehead for the 10th annual House of Fun Weekender with Madness! Join us as Poly interviews fans at the venue & discusses the highlights of this epic event for Madness fans.
November 13, 2021
“This calls for a delicate blend of psychology and extreme violence!” The topic of this week’s episode is “The Young Ones”: Rick, Vyvyan, Mike, and Neil. Laurie & Poly delve into this groundbreaking British alternative comedy/variety program on which Madness appeared not once, but twice. We will also discuss the mysterious “fifth roommate” and the lost Madness sitcom pilot. So, grab a pot of hot lentils and give a listen to “The Young Ones!”
October 30, 2021
With the October 30 induction of the Go-Go’s into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we thought we’d devote an episode to this remarkable all-girl band from California. The story of the Go-Go’s overlaps the story of Madness in their early years; in fact, it was Madness who recognized something special and gave the girls their first shot at a U.K. tour. So, this week, sit back and listen as we revisit the history of these five amazing ladies as they take their well-deserved place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
October 17, 2021
With November election season right around the corner in some locales, we thought we’d take a closer look at Madness songs with a more political slant. Join us as we examine the Madness musical catalog, from the band’s earliest days to their most recent single, “Bullingdon Boys,” and discuss the underlying sociopolitical meanings of some of their songs. Sometimes controversial, always interesting!
October 2, 2021
For our thirtieth episode, Laurie & Poly do a deep dive into Madness’ tenth studio album, “Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da”. Join us as we listen to the album tracks and share our favorite and least favorite songs off this 2012 album.
September 18, 2021
This week we sat down with pianist & composer Louis Vause to chat about his storied music career. Louis has recorded with Madness and has been a member of BUtterfield 8, Crunch!, and The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra. At various times he has collaborated with Madness band members Chris Foreman, Cathal Smyth, Lee Thompson, and Mark Bedford. Louis has some great stories to tell about these projects, as well as his time as a music teacher for the son of one of the Beatles. You won't want to miss this exclusive #StatesideMadness interview!
Be sure to visit http://louisvause.co.uk and https://louisvause.bandcamp.com
September 4, 2021
Few artists had a greater impact on Madness or the British 2-Tone ska scene than the legendary Prince Buster. On the five-year anniversary of his passing, we've assembled some special guests to speak about the influence of this Jamaican singer-songwriter. Join us and Chris Foreman of Madness, Louis Alphonso of Bad Manners, Steve Shafer of “The Duff Guide to Ska,” and the Son of the Prince, Sultan Ali, as we discuss the life and times of this legend of ska. “This may not be uptown Jamaica, but we promise you a treat!”
Special thanks to this week's podcast guests:
Louis Alphonso https://louisalphonso.bandcamp.com/
Sultan Ali https://www.thesultanofska.com/
Stephen Shafer https://duffguidetoska.blogspot.com
and Chrissy Boy @CBoyForeman on Twitter