Saturday, July 10, 2010

Forgotten Classic Video of the Week

This week's vid comes to us by yet another band that was hugely popular in its native England but was never considered more than a one-hit wonder to most of America. I don't know what's wrong with Americans...consistently passing up bands like The Jam, Blur, Pulp and Supergrass for the likes of Asia, Hootie and the Blowfish, Creed and Matchbox 20. I guess you could say we passed up Madness in favor of American ska band The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (who I have no problem with), although the Bosstones only broke big about 10 years after Madness' "Our House" became a Top 10 mega-hit.

This cover of Labi Siffre's "It Must Be Love" was the only other Madness tune to crack the American Top 40, making it to #33 in 1983, the year after "Our House" was released. Enjoy.


red said...

I actually saw Madness in concert. Good times.

LiLu said...

SO 80S. Love!

Anonymous said...

It must be Love is awesome. And I was one of the few people on Earth who liked their later songs as opposed to the early ones, songs like "One Better Day" and "Yesterday's Men".

Malcolm said...

This is one of those songs that I felt should have been a bigger hit in the United States. It's definitely a departure from their "nutty sound", but it works!

Billboard chart geek alert: As a heads up, "It Must Be Love" didn't hit the U.S. top 40 until 1983. Although it was a hit in the UK in 1981, in the U.S. it was released as the follow up to "Our House".

BeckEye said...

Malcolm - Woops, had some bad chart info there. And I remember both songs but couldn't remember far back enough to determine which one I'd heard first. Fixed it.

Dale said...

Great song and one of the few I can remember. Isn't that madness?


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