Picks and Pans Review: Madness

UPDATED 05/30/1983 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/30/1983 at 01:00 AM EDT


A septet of Britons, they live up to their name: They opened a performance for Prince Charles in London last July with a rendition of God Save the Queen performed with kazoos. Their song-publishing company is called Nutty Music Inc. Best known for their zippy Caribbean ska music, they have compiled a greatest-singles collection on this LP. Included are the catchy Shut Up, Grey Day, Our House and Cardiac Arrest, which spells out the Madness creed: "Take the doc's advice/Let up, enjoy your life." Not that these guys are slackers when it comes to playing. Notably: Lee Thompson is more than just a sax symbol, "Suggs" McPherson works hard while having a good time vocalizing, and "Woody" Woodgate is an expert drummer. This musical party has been together since 1978 and remains wildly popular in the U.K. Now the group is mounting a campaign with a new label (Geffen) to spread Madness in the colonies.

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