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  • Americans Hate Tingle: In Britain they were one of the biggest bands of The ’80s, but in America "Our House" was their only big hit (bar a cover that also made it to the Top 40, preventing them from being One-Hit Wonders). "Our House" is pretty popular, though.
  • Awesome Music:, "One Step Beyond", "Night Boat to Cairo" (from One Step Beyond), "Baggy Trousers", "Embarrassment" (from Absolutely), "Our House" (from The Rise & Fall), "House Of Fun", "It Must Be Love",... the list really goes on.
  • Covered Up:
    • Their versions of "One Step Beyond" from One Step Beyond and "It Must Be Love" are better known than the originals.
    • Same goes for their single "Sweetest Girl" which, while barely remembered by anyone but Madness fans, is still better remembered than the Scritti Politti original.
    • "Rockin' in A Flat" is an unreleased song by the group Bazooka Joe, of which Mike Barson's brother was a member for a while.
  • Ear Worm: Many, indeed.
  • Face of the Band: Suggs.
  • Funny Moments: The video for "Our House" features several shots of Lee Thompson, Chas Smash, Dan Woodgate, and Chris Foreman playing violins during the string passages in the song. Foreman is "playing" his violin with a toasting fork instead of a bow.
  • Misaimed Fandom: In their early days, they had a significant following among supporters of the National Front, possibly because they were the most prominent band in the 2 Tone scene to have an all-white lineup. That Madness, and the entire 2 Tone movement, stood for pretty much the exact opposite of the NF, was seemingly lost on them, and on some of the newspapers who covered the band's rise. It got to the point where they basically had to tell the skinhead part of the fan base to go and stick their fingers up their arses.
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  • Signature Song: "Our House" from The Rise & Fall, though "One Step Beyond" is also a sort of Theme Tune for them (however, the latter failed to appear in the Jukebox Musical, which probably disqualify it from true Signature Song status).
  • So Bad, It's Good: The music video for "Night Boat to Cairo", which is why it's one of the most popular videos the band ever made.
  • Special Effect Failure: The "Night Boat to Cairo" video isn't striving for authenticity in the first place, but the illusion of being performed in front of a pyramid is completely shattered when the platform they're performing on starts wobbling, revealing more of the backdrop.
  • Tear Jerker: Some of their songs come under this, such as "Johnny The Horse" and especially "Forever Young".
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The number of kids' TV programmes that have used "House of Fun"—which, remember, is a song about a sixteen-year-old attempting to buy his first condoms—as thematic music is ridiculous. Admittedly they usually only use the chorus, but still.


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