Only available on import in the UK, this was Madness’s biggest album in the USA. With a track-listing that reads like a compilation, it is not difficult to see why it was so popular. Now firmly an ‘establishment’ band, it is easy to forget that the ska sound purveyed by Madness had its share of skinhead supporters and dubious lyrical concerns. Narrative opening lines such as ‘Good morning miss/Can I help you son’ (‘House Of Fun’) and ‘Father wears his Sunday best’ (‘Our House’) are guaranteed to make you sit back in anticipation. The cleverly barbed lyrics only add to the good-time value of these songs.
Tracks: Our House; Tomorrow’s Just Another Day; It Must Be Love; Primrose Hill; Shut Up; House Of Fun; Night Boat To Cairo; Rise And Fall; Blue Skinned Beast; Cardiac Arrest; Grey Day; Madness (Is All In The Mind)....