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"Madness" are an English ska band who achieved most of their success in the 1980s spending more weeks in the UK chart than any other group.


The band was formed in London, England in 1976, by "Mike Barson" (Monsieur Barso) on keyboards and vocals, "Chris Foreman" (Chrissy Boy) on guitar and "Lee Thompson" (Kix) on saxophone and vocals under the name The North London Invaders. In 1978 they were joined by frontman "Graham McPherson" (Suggs) on vocals, "Mark Bedford" (Bedders) on bass guitar and "Daniel Woodgate" (Woody) on drums. After performing periodically as The North London Invaders and Morris and the Minors, the group changed their name to Madness. "Carl Smyth" (Chas Smash) on trumpet and vocals joined in early 1980.

The band's first single, released September 1st 1979 on The Specials' 2 Tone label, was "The Prince". The song, written by Lee Thompson, was a tribute to the Jamaican ska musician Prince Buster, after whose song, "Madness", the band had named themselves and which also was released as the B-side of "The Prince". This was followed by the album ''One Step Beyond...'' in 1979, named after another Prince Buster song, which stayed in the British charts ...

years active 1976–1986, 1992-present
origin London, England
status Active
music genre Ska/Pop music
current members Graham McPherson
past members Chris Foreman
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source: Wikipedia