Fresh from the high jinx of the '2 tone tour' that bundled all of the bright lights associated with Coventry's exceptional 2 tone label onto a coach for a 60's style review tour of almost 40 dates, the band here headlined in their own right supported by The VIPs.
2 Toners take the sea air on Brighton beach in 1979
By late 1979 success was assured for Madness and the opening years of the approaching new decade were theirs for the taking. By 1980 the Madness 'M' logo had appeared on exercise books, school bags and blazers like a rash!
Personally at the time I was listening more to the likes of Adam and the Ants and Gary Numan, but it was impossible to get away from Madness. I first saw them in Finsbury Park in 1994 and then a year or so ago when my daughter expressed a desperate need to see them.
Ramona at Bickling Hall, Norwich 2011
Madness have had their lean times, but from what I have heard, they are back on form with a back to basics album, Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da. For me though they reached their mature peak with 'The Liberty of Norton Folgate' and intense but brilliant album with its vivid musical depictions of East London.
'The Liberty of Norton Folgate' Madness
So here is that set from back in '79.
01 ONE STEP BEYOND
03 BELIEVE ME
04 MY GIRL
05 SWAN LAKE
06 RAZOR BLADE ALLEY
07 IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
08 TARZAN'S NUTS
09 MUMMY'S BOY
10 YOUNG & OLD
11 LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY
12 ROCKIN IN A(FLAT)
13 BED & BREAKFAST MAN
14 THE PRINCE
15 NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO
18 ONE STEP BEYOND
Incidently, this gig occured one week after a classic appearance on the hugely influencial UK TV music programme 'The Old Grey Whistle Test'.
'Night Boat To Cairo' by Madness
The Old Grey Whistle Test