Additional information about this, Madness vinyl art.
Madness – The Artist
Madness are an English ska band from Camden Town, north London, who formed in 1976. One of the most prominent bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s two-tone ska revival, they continue to perform with six of the seven members of their original line-up. The most successful period for the band was from 1980–1986 when Madness spent 214 weeks on the UK singles charts. The core of the band formed as the North London Invaders in 1976, and included Mike Barson (Monsieur Barso) on keyboards and vocals, Chris Foreman (Chrissy Boy) on guitar and Lee Thompson (Kix) on saxophone and vocals. They later recruited John Hasler on drums and Cathal Smyth (better known as Chas Smash) on bass guitar. Later in the year, they were joined by lead vocalist Dikron Tulane. This six-piece line-up lasted until part-way through 1977, when Graham McPherson (better known as Suggs) took over the lead vocals after seeing the band perform in a friend’s garden. Madness have had 15 singles reach the UK top ten, which include “One Step Beyond”, “Baggy Trousers”, “Wings of a Dove”, “Our House”, “House of Fun” and “It Must Be Love”. In 2000 the band received the Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors for Outstanding Song Collection.
Shut Up – The Song
‘Shut Up‘ is a pop song written by Suggs and Chris Foreman. It was recorded by British pop and ska band Madness, and was featured on the band’s third album 7. It was released as a single in 198, spending 10 weeks in the UK Singles Chart. The song tells a story of a criminal who, despite obvious evidence, tries to convince people he is not guilty. Even though the song is called “Shut Up”, the two words do not appear in the lyrics at all. However, they were the final words of an additional verse which was part of an early version of the song.
The Bowler Hat & Robbers Mask – The Shape
This record has been modelled into the a bowler hat and stereotypical robbers mask as worn by lead singer Suggs, on the records promotional music video.
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