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!
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!
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.
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
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
This episode is dedicated to Madness bassist Mark “Bedders” Bedford. We’ll discuss songs which Mark has cowritten and listen to some of his other bass projects. Episode #27 marks our one-year podcast anniversary. Be sure to listen to this episode to find out how U.S. fans can win a free copy of “Our House: The Very Best of Madness.” Come celebrate one year of Madness with us!
This week we profile Madness guitarist Chris “Chrissy Boy” Foreman. Chris chats with Poly about his upcoming birthday Aug. 8, and Laurie & Poly count down their favorite songs on which Chris has a writing credit. This episode also sees the return of “Don’t Quote Me On That,” featuring alternative facts about Chris Foreman.
Join Laurie & Poly on the flip side as we dive deep into the B-sides of Madness' singles 1979-86. Long-time fans of the band will appreciate these 22 B-side tracks, most of which did not appear on album releases.
This week we continue our tour of “The Liberty of Norton Folgate,” discussing bonus tracks, the 3-disc (plus LP) box set, and of course the Julien Temple film, “The Liberty of Norton Folgate.”
If you weren't able to catch our July 4 watch party of the Temple film, you can catch it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dwNcwGo8gak
With a little bit of this
And a little bit of that
A little bit of what you like does you no harm
You know that...
In 2009, Madness released their concept album, “The Liberty of Norton Folgate,” which to many fans became the band's magnum opus. In this first of two episodes, Laurie & Poly do a track-by-track deep dive into this most epic of albums. Be sure to listen to the end for info on an upcoming July 4 watch party of the Julien Temple documentary film, and don't forget to check out our companion article, The SSM Glossary of Norton Folgate.