Music Madness Magazine – MC Tee and DJ Mantronik
A couple of weeks back MC Tee and DJ Mantronik graced our shores for a short series of gigs.
This was a Madness line-up without Cathal Smyth and Chris Foreman, who had both left the band shortly before to form Crunch!. The album title is a nod to their inspiration, Prince Buster.
The literary tradition of music and madness extends from Diderot to Kleist and Hoffmann, and the issue is a perennial one in the history of art. John Hamilton traces the development of this theme, which has its roots in classical antiquity and continues to resonate today. He explores how writers from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries incorporated this motif into their work, investigating the underlying motives, preconceptions, and ideologies that enabled this coupling of heterogenous experiences.
Despite the popular rumour that hip hop is music for 12-inch singles rather than long players, there have been some genuinely mighty LPs released by 2 Tone legends Madness. We speak to the Magnificent Six – Suggs, Chrissy Boy, Barso, Kix and Woody – about their superb run of albums up to their latest release, The Liberty Of Norton Folgate. They also discuss the Covid era crisis that almost wiped them out for good, and their plans to record a new studio album.
Music Madness is a killer disco anthem produced in 1980 by the great French producer, Pierre Jaubert. Favorite Recordings reissue it in a nice 12inch package including two hot remixes.
CHRIS FOREMAN TALKS TO MADAN HANSON ABOUT MADNES THEN AND NOW
Madness are still going strong 30 years after they first ran riot on Top of the Pops. Lead singer Suggs believes their latest album, Theatre of the Absurd Presents C’est La Vie, is their best since Baggy Trousers. It’s a loose concept album about the Norton Folgate micro-suburb of East London that doesn’t come under government control. It’s a mature record, forged in ennui and dread rather than the youthful vigour of their earlier albums.
In December 2010, Madness reunited for a series of shows, their first since the 1980s, at London’s Earl’s Court. The show included new material and an appearance by the band’s former minder Dainton ‘The Bear’ Connell.
In this month’s cover story, we speak to the Magnificent Six – Suggs, Chas Smash, Barso, Kix and Woody – about their career and legacy, the return of Madstock, their latest long-player The Liberty Of Norton Folgate and the Covid-era dilemma that nearly put them out of commission for good.
This year’s March Music Madness is set to be the biggest yet! The tournament’s final round features the soulful harmonies of Angelina Valente and the indie-rock ensemble ERIE up against the rockin’ sounds of Lucid Street and the harmonious folk angels of Hold On Honeys. The winning duo will be awarded $800, with the chance to advance to our grand finale. Voting begins Thursday, 3/16! Good luck to all!
If the word Madness evokes the idea of a raucous, all-ages British music hall show (think savagely warped humourists like Max Wall and Spike Milligan) it might also conjure a darker side, with depression, alcohol abuse and family problems all hinted at in their lorry load of hits. Theatre Of The Absurd Presents C’est La Vie, the band’s first album since 2010 and the first they have produced themselves, straddles these two worlds.
It’s a remarkable record that puts ska into the wider context of musical history, taking that classic acerbic bite and Jamaican rhythms to new heights with synthesizers, orchestral drama, spoken word and electro-funk. It’s a record that will stay on the turntable for a good while, with layers of song being revealed with each listen.