Madness (English pop/ska band)
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".
- ^ The Fink Brothers were an alter ego created by band members Suggs and Chas Smash. They released a single in February 1985."The Madness Timeline: 1985". Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2007.
- ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Madness biography". Retrieved on 19 June 2007.
- ^ Rice 1990. p286
- ^ For Madness, the figure of 214 weeks does not include the 4 weeks on the charts by spin-off band "The Madness". For UB40, the 214 weeks does not include the 8 weeks spent on the charts by "Reckless", credited to "Afrikaa Bambaataa and Family with UB40".
- ^ "IMDb profile for Graham McPherson". Retrieved on 10 June 2007.