Madness are an English ska band from Camden Town, London, that formed in 1976. They achieved most of their success in the early to mid-1980s. Both Madness and UB40 spent 214 weeks on the UK singles charts over the course of the decade, holding the record for most weeks spent by a group in the 1980s UK singles charts. However, Madness achieved this in a shorter time period (1980–1986). (Read more at wikipedia )

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Madness' only Peel session was recorded on 14th August 1979 and broadcast two weeks later on 27 August 1979. Produced by Bob Sargeant and engineered by Mike Robinson, the session was recorded at Maida Vale 4. 

Although on 07 August 1979, Peel admitted not liking their debut single "The Prince" at first listen, Madness soon became one of his favorite bands during 1979 and 1980. After complaining on 17 September 1979 that the band were top of his list of bands that he really wanted to see (along with the Specials), Peel saw Madness with the Selecter and the Specials when the 2 Tone package tour played at Norwich UEA on 26 October 1979 [1], and commented that he "thought they were most enjoyable". On 22 October 1979, Peel played five songs from the debut album of the band, "One Step Beyond... ".

Five albums by Madness ("One Step Beyond...", "Absolutely", "7", "Mad Not Mad" and "Utter Madness") were found in Peel's record collection .


One session. Released as 'The Peel Sessions EP' on Strange Fruit (SFPS007) in 1986 and as part of the second CD of the 30th anniversary deluxe re-release of One Step Beyond (2009).

1. Recording date: 1979-08-14. First broadcast: 27 August 1979. Repeated: 18 September 197909 June 1980.

  • The Prince / Bed And Breakfast Man / Land Of Hope And Glory / Stepping Into Line

Show appearances (Excluding Sessions)

(The list below was compiled only from the database of this site and Lorcan's Tracklistings Archive. Please add further information if known)


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