March will be great music month. Among other things, Madness will be releasing their new album, The Liberty of Norton Folgate.
“Madness?” ask those of you in the U.S. “Didn’t they do that throwaway, ubiquitous pop song way back, ‘Our House’?”
Well, yeah. That too. But even at that point, as odd a set of boys as they were, they weren’t all fluffy fun.
Tomorrow’s (Just Another Day)
I hear them saying it gets better every day.
Since then, they’ve only gotten better. They broke up, went and did other stuff, and came back better than ever. Of course, they were still making great songs about criminals and other marginal people. This one features Ian Dury in one of his last performances before he died.
Drip Fed Fred
We’ll take pity on your souls and only cap your knees.
The only problem with Madness these days is that they go so long between albums. Their last, a return to their roots covering ska and reggae songs, was released in 2005. It contains a great cover of “Lola,” but this one is my favorite.
Shame and Scandal
Son, I have to say no. The girl is your sister, but your mama don’t know.
I can’t wait to see what’s next.