Formed 1976.

English pop/ska band

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Madness - My Girl 2 at Children in Need Rocks 2013

Madness perform My Girl 2 at Children in Need Rocks 2013

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Madness are an English ska band from Camden Town, London, that formed in 1976. One of the most prominent bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s 2 Tone ska revival, they continue to perform with their most recognised line-up of seven members.

Madness achieved most of their success in the early to mid-1980s. Both Madness and UB40 spent 214 weeks on the UK singles charts over the course of the decade, holding the record for most weeks spent by a group in the 1980s UK singles charts. However, Madness achieved this in a shorter time period (1980–1986).

Madness have had 15 singles reach the UK top ten, one UK number one single ("House of Fun") and two number ones in Ireland, "House of Fun" and "Wings of a Dove".

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  • Founded Lucky Seven Records

BBC Reviews

  1. Review of One Step Beyond... (30th Anniversary Edition)

    One Step Beyond... (30th Anniversary Edition) 2009

    Reviewed by Stevie Chick
    The vaudevillian nuttiness of their debut set hasn’t diminished over the decades.
  2. Review of The Liberty Of Norton Folgate

    The Liberty Of Norton Folgate 2009

    Reviewed by Michael Quinn
    A magnificent magnum opus – at last – from Madness.
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