Hector Walker, cousin of Madness lead singer Suggs, worked for the band from 1981-86. In this interview, he shares his fond memories of time spent touring with the band. What prop did a band member steal from a Holland TV studio? Which band member overslept and got left behind in a New York hotel? For the answers to these questions and more, be sure to give this episode a listen.
Madness guitarist and songwriter Chris “Chrissy Boy” Foreman drops by the Stateside Madness studio to discuss the new American compilation album “Our House,” how “SHOWTIME!” came to be, what's next for the band, and his love for Van Halen. This #SSM exclusive interview is not to be missed!
Join us as we discuss the life and career of Madness singer, songwriter, and emcee Cathal Smyth, better known by his stage name, Chas Smash. We'll do a deep dive into his body of work and present our favorite Smyth-penned songs. Poly also presents his "alternative facts" about Mr. Smash.
An episode inspired by the 1981 film Dance Craze, featuring Madness, The Specials, The Selecter, The Bodysnatchers, The English Beat, and Bad Manners. Poly digs deep (all the way back to 1492!) to give us the story behind the evolution of the 2 Tone ska movement, of which Madness was a part. Equal parts history and film critique, this episode is a must-listen for all Madness fans!
This week we are honored to have a special guest: Nick Woodgate, brother of Madness drummer Dan "Woody" Woodgate. Join us as we chat with Nick about the early days of Madness, his songwriting efforts for the band, the "void", his musical influences, and his latest musical project, The Jojo Man Band. Be sure to check out The Jojo Man Band on Spotify and help support Nick's creative endeavors!
The second of our two-part series on Madness lead singer Suggs. In this episode Laurie and Poly discuss Suggs' work outside of Madness: as a music producer, actor, writer, and TV host, and also as a solo musician. As a bonus, we have an unreleased solo track for your listening pleasure. Thanks for tuning in!
The first of two episodes dedicated to Madness' lead singer, Graham "Suggs" McPherson. Join Laurie and Poly as they count down their favorite Suggs-written songs, as well as presenting some "alternative facts" about Suggs.
NME magazine named it to their 100 Best Albums of All Time list. Lead singer Suggs called it "a polished turd." Few Madness albums elicit more divisive opinions than "Mad Not Mad." Laurie & Poly weigh in on this 1985 album release: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Be sure to listen to the end to learn how you can enter to win a copy of the 2013 YepRock reissue of "Absolutely" on 180g vinyl in honor of our ONE THOUSANDTH DOWNLOAD!
Join Laurie & Poly for a very special episode of Stateside Madness! We've invited five American Madness fans to share their stories and their love for the music. And they have some great stories to tell!
This week Laurie & Poly discuss the 1984 release "Keep Moving" on Geffen Records with special guest Donald, the Creative Director & Blog Editor of the Stateside Madness web site.