Defining the style of madness is very difficult; in fact the band is mixing a lot of different genres like ska, reggae, pop, new vawe.
Their name, in fact, comes from a very famous ska artist Prince Buster and “Madness” is the title of one of his songs.
Madness are originary from Camden Town near London and have been created in 1976.
Their lineup went trough several changes in 17 years since their creation they changed 18 different musicians; actual members are: Chris Foreman – guitar ,Mike Barson – keyboards, Lee Thompson – saxophone, Chas Smash bass guitar, Graham “Suggs” McPherson – lead vocals, Daniel Woodgate – drums and Graham Bush – bass guitar .
Like most part of the bands, even Madness went trough a moment of hiatus, it happened from 1986 till 1992.
In 1982 the band released for the first time the song “it must be love” a cover of Labi Siffre, a british poet and musician.
This song is a message of love that generates all positive things, it is a desire to be near to the most important person of your life.
Madness, for their cover will receive congratulations from Siffre that loved it.
The song was re-edited ten years later in 1992 and its success was the sparkle that made the reunion of Madness possible.
In the last 10 years the band published 4 additional studio albums and is currently in tour called “charge of the mad brigade”
Definitively “It must be love” brought luck to the band……