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.
Following the magnificent ska-pop of their debut, One Step Beyond, and the developmental pop majesty of Absolutely and 7, The Rise & Fall shows a band at the very height of their songwriting powers; their maturity and depth of subject matter second to none among their peers. Featuring the brilliant smash hit single "Our House" - a fantastically poignant and uplifting anthem about Chas Smash’s childhood home - and the simultaneously melancholic and upbeat "Tomorrow’s (Just Another Day)." Limited edition colored LP from Let Them Eat Vinyl.