Weekend Long Player: The Madness

The Madness album that isn’t really a Madness album…

After making a big deal of their 1986 breakup, four out of the seven original members of Madness (Graham McPherson, Cathal Smyth, Lee Thompson and Chris Foreman) promptly got back together, made a tiny change to their name, and released this self-titled 1988 album. It pretty much carries on from where “Mad Not Mad” left off, which may not be considered a good thing, considering that MNM is generally disliked for its over-reliance on synths and drum machines. Those remain very much in evidence here, and the trend away from the “nuttiness” that made them famous is also marked. Lead vocals are split almost equally between McPherson and Smyth.

Link: The Madness – The Madness (password: salad)

1. Nail Down The Days
2. What’s That
3. I Pronounce You
4. Oh
5. In Wonder
6. Song In Red
7. Nightmare Nightmare
8. Thunder And Lightning
9. Beat The Bride
10. Gabriel’s Horn
11. Eleventh Hour
12. Be Good Boy
13. Flashings
14. 4BF

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