This did start out as an article about Madness still performing and where to see them this summer... But then paulie took over.. fran x
I'll Tell You About Madness!
Where do you start with Madness? Well personally it was 'My Girl'. Then 'It must be Love'. I was old enough for the beginning but I think I was too cool new romantic or synth loved up for 'One Step Beyond' even though I loved it.
I was 16 in 1981, half indie, half new romantic, and when I went out with my mate Ashley to see Bauhaus or Love and Rockets at Rock City, I tried to be as Goth as poss! On top of all that my sister’s boyfriend was playing the most amazing Elton John and Beatles songs! Also, because of my sister Vanetta constantly playing David Cassidy a few years earlier.... well 'How could I be sure'? This was offset by Bowie and T Rex however, phew. (Laughing Gnome)
Can I get off the Madness couch now? Not yet, because as for Suggs? I saw him in the ‘Blue Post’ one afternoon as it happens, a few or more years ago. Well I first saw him through the French House open window, then as I walked through Soho to The Blue Post there he was. The first thing I noticed as a 5’8 boy was how tall he was, even sat at the bar! Then it started, the constant interruptions as he was trying to enjoy a quiet pint whilst talking to his mate. He was always gracious, probably used to it; and even though I wanted to say “hello Suggs” on my way out, I didn’t, because I didn't want to disturb him. Back to Madness please, because slowly and subtly, with a slow release of gorgeously written songs, they became a part of the soundtrack to my life! “Had to get better in the long run..” There now I've said it... And I'm after an interview because I left him alone on that Monday club afternoon in the White Post.