The archetypal pop group and ultimate singles band, Madness have been making records since 1979 and – during their thirty-plus year career – have enjoyed a string of Top Ten hits which form part of the lifeblood of British popular music. Madness songs are considered to be comparable with those of the other great British bands like The Kinks and The Jam while their lyrics always reflect the issues of the day in a uniquely palatable way.
The band's ability to document serious issues within seemingly sweet pop songs has resulted in an influence on generations of musicians that cannot be overstated. Reverberations of Madness can be heard in the likes of The Smiths, Blur, Arctic Monkeys and a host of other acts that came in their wake.
Madness' 1979 debut, One Step Beyond took the world by storm with its one-of-a-kind slant on ska, Motown, rock’n’roll and good old fashioned music hall and lingered on the UK charts for nearly a year, cementing its position as one of the most seminal albums of the period. The first album produced by the famous production duo of Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, the fully formed 15-song set features some of the group's most definitive material including "One Step Beyond," "My Girl," "Bed And Breakfast Man" and "Madness." Limited edition colored LP from Let Them Eat Vinyl.